3 Key Matchups for Dallas in Cincinnati
At NBC, I took a look at the three most vital matchups for the Cowboys in Week 14.
WR Dez Bryant/Miles Austin versus Bengals’ Secondary
Bryant and Austin both stand 6’2’’ and weigh 225 and 219 pounds, respectively. The average height and weight of Cincinnati’s entire secondary—two safeties and three cornerbacks—is 5’10’’ and 195 pounds. Their largest player in the back end is cornerback Leon Hall who checks in at 5’11’’, 199 pounds. Cincinnati’s cornerbacks in particular have been outstanding all year, despite their small stature; Hall has allowed only 7.81 YPA in coverage and that’s actually the worst mark of all three cornerbacks. Still, you have to like the way Bryant and Austin match up. If Jason Garrett can put the receivers in position to use their big bodies to their advantage—such as on slants and jump balls—they’ll come out victorious in their individual battles.