Cowboys: 3 key offensive and defensive matchups vs Jets in Week 2

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3 Key Defensive Matchups for the Cowboys

Trevon Diggs and Stephon Gilmore vs. Garrett Wilson

Wilson is the Jets' main threat through the air. If the Cowboys can contain him, they should win this game comfortably. Depending on which side of the field Wilson is on, Diggs and Gilmore have to remain discipline in coverage. Shutting him down would be a game-changer for this Dallas defense and a possible death knell for the Jets.

Johnathan Hankins and Mazi Smith vs. Alijah Vera-Tucker

Vera-Tucker was the best run-blocking offensive lineman for the Jets in Week 1, while the rest of the group was average at best. This Jets team is going to lean heavily on their running game once again in order to slow the Cowboys pass rush. To counter that, Dallas needs to hope the matchups between either Hankins or Smith against Vera-Tucker lean in their favor.

Outside of Wilson, Breece Hall and Dalvin Cook are the main components that could keep New York's offense on the field and help them win because they aren't going to go heavy passing against the Cowboys' wave of pass rushers. This matchup in the middle could be the key to shutting down their entire offensive game plan.

Leighton Vander Esch and Damone Clark vs. Breece Hall and Dalvin Cook

If Hankins and Smith aren't able to control the line of scrimmage the way they did against the Giants then it will be up to Vander Esch and Clark to come in and tackle the Jets' RBs quickly. We've seen the damage they can make if given a chance to get in the open field and these Dallas linebackers can't allow that this week. Both are potential home run hitters so Vander Esch and Clark need to fill the gaps and stop this two-headed monster. If they can't, Dallas has to hope that their talented group of safeties will be able to get the job done.

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