Despite what critics say, the Dallas Cowboys have a tough schedule ahead of them in 2022. Part of that is because of finishing in first place last season and the other part is because the league is full of parity.
It is quite obvious that the NFL has become a passing league and the Cowboys will have a tough task of defending the pass against some of the best all season long. The question is, which pass catchers will be the toughest for the Cowboys to face?
Let’s take a look at some of the top talent they’ll face in the 2022 regular season.
Ranking the top 3 wide receivers the Cowboys will face in 2022
3. Ja’Marr Chase, Cincinnati Bengals
The Bengals receiver put on a show during his rookie season in 2021. The former sixth overall pick recorded 81 receptions for 1,455 yards and 13 touchdowns. He was even named second-team All-Pro and Offensive Rookie of the Year. Chase will be a problem for the Cowboys’ defense when he comes to Dallas in Week 2.
The scouting report for Chase is pretty simple. He can beat you anywhere on the field. I have seen him score touchdowns on screen passes and deep routes. He was second in the league in yards per reception and third in deep targets with 30. He has the speed and ball skills that are very difficult to defend. So, Trevon Diggs will certainly have his hands full in Week 2. Also, the Bengals have such a talented receiver corps, that it might not be possible for the Cowboys to double-team Chase.
It will be interesting to see how the Joe Burrow-Chase duo respond after losing the Super Bowl. We have seen teams struggle out of the gate the next season after playing in the Super Bowl — a thing some call the “Super Bowl hangover”. That could help the Cowboys if the Bengals struggle to find their flow early.
Either way, the Cowboys will have their hands full with a team of up-and-coming stars in Week 2. Chase is the focal point of that Bengals offense and should be defended as such.