Dallas Cowboys Defense Vs Slot Receiver



The Pittsburgh Steelers are coming to town. A familiar foe will walk into AT&T Stadium, but they won’t likely recognize the current inhabitants of the confines. The Dallas Cowboys continue to shuffle their roster on a weekly basis, as injuries and poor play force a new mixture onto the field each week.

Fortunately, the starting offensive line will remain the same for the second straight week for the first time all year. Unfortunately, the man under center will change once again. Dallas is trotting out their fourth different starting QB in just nine games as Garrett Gilbert gets under center. The depth chart has a new name there, as it does at running back as well.

Film room: Progress report on Cowboys’ 2020 draft class, from a home-run pick to the starting center of the future Dallas’ draft class was praised as soon as the final pick was. The Dallas Cowboys head into the summer with an unrivaled group of pass catchers after finding emphatic answers to their offseason questions at the position.

The Dallas Cowboys scored big when they inked Randell Cobb to a 1-year deal last month. But that appears to be nothing more than a Band-Aid and given his recent injury history, the slot receiver.

The team will work with the following positional breakdown in figuring out their game-day actives.

Offense (24)

Dallas Cowboys Defense Vs Slot Receiver

Quarterback (3*)
Running Back (4*)
Wide Receiver (6)
Tight End (3)
Offensive Line (8)
Tackle (3)
Guard (3)
Center (2)

Defense (27)

Edge Rusher (5)
Defensive Tackles (5)
Linebackers (7)
Cornerbacks (5*)
Safeties (5)

Special Teams (3)

quarterback3QB | No. 3 Garrett GilbertDec 15, 2019; Glendale, AZ, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Garrett Gilbert (3) against the Arizona Cardinals…Dec 15, 2019; Glendale, AZ, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Garrett Gilbert (3) against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY SportsmoreQB | No. 10 Cooper RushJul 29, 2019; Oxnard, CA, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Cooper Rush (7) throws the ball during…Jul 29, 2019; Oxnard, CA, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Cooper Rush (7) throws the ball during training camp at River Ridge Playing Fields. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY SportsmoreQB | No. 7 Ben DiNucciDallas Cowboys back-up quarterback Ben DiNucci (7) drops back to pass during NFL football practice in…Dallas Cowboys back-up quarterback Ben DiNucci (7) drops back to pass during NFL football practice in Frisco, Texas, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/LM Otero)morerunning back3RB | No. 21 Ezekiel ElliottDallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) carries the ball during an NFL football training camp…Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) carries the ball during an NFL football training camp practice in Frisco, Texas, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/LM Otero)moreRB | No. 20 Tony PollardDallas Cowboys running back Tony Pollard (20) runs during an NFL football training camp in Frisco,…Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Pollard (20) runs during an NFL football training camp in Frisco, Texas, Sunday, Sept. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)moreRB | No. 34 Rico DowdleDallas Cowboys running back Rico Dowdle (42) stands on the field during NFL football practice in…Dallas Cowboys running back Rico Dowdle (42) stands on the field during NFL football practice in Frisco, Texas, Friday, Aug. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/LM Otero)moreFB | No. 45 Sewo OloniluaNov 9, 2019; Fort Worth, TX, USA; TCU Horned Frogs running back Sewo Olonilua (33) carries…Nov 9, 2019; Fort Worth, TX, USA; TCU Horned Frogs running back Sewo Olonilua (33) carries the ball against the Baylor Bears in the third quarter at Amon G. Carter Stadium. Baylor won 29-23 in triple overtime. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sportsmorewideout6WR | No. 19 Amari CooperDallas Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper (19) catches during a drill at NFL football practice in…Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper (19) catches during a drill at NFL football practice in Frisco, Texas, Friday, Aug. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/LM Otero)moreWR | No. 13 Michael GallupDallas Cowboys wide receiver Michael Gallup (23) catches during a drill at NFL football practice in…Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Michael Gallup (23) catches during a drill at NFL football practice in Frisco, Texas, Friday, Aug. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/LM Otero)moreWR | No. 88 CeeDee LambAug 21, 2020; Frisco, TX, USA; CeeDee Lamb (88) of the Dallas Cowboys during training camp…Aug 21, 2020; Frisco, TX, USA; CeeDee Lamb (88) of the Dallas Cowboys during training camp at Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas. Mandatory credit: Hand out James D. Smith/Dallas Cowboys/Handout photo-USA TODAY SportsmoreWR | No. 11 Cedrick WilsonDallas Cowboys wide receiver Cedrick Wilson (11) runs past Dallas Cowboys linebacker Luke Gifford (57) during…Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Cedrick Wilson (11) runs past Dallas Cowboys linebacker Luke Gifford (57) during an NFL football training camp in Frisco, Texas, Sunday, Sept. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)moreWR | No. 85 Noah BrownJul 29, 2019; Oxnard, CA, USA; Dallas Cowboys receiver Noah Brown (85) during training camp at…Jul 29, 2019; Oxnard, CA, USA; Dallas Cowboys receiver Noah Brown (85) during training camp at River Ridge Playing Fields. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY SportsmoreWR | No. 17 Malik TurnerOct 20, 2019; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Malik Turner (17) breaks a tackle…Oct 20, 2019; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Malik Turner (17) breaks a tackle attempt by Baltimore Ravens middle linebacker Josh Bynes (57) during the first half at CenturyLink Field. Baltimore defeated Seattle 30-16. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sportsmoretight end3TE | No. 86 Dalton SchultzDallas Cowboys tight end Dalton Schultz runs after making a catch in a drill at NFL…Dallas Cowboys tight end Dalton Schultz runs after making a catch in a drill at NFL football practice in Frisco, Texas, Friday, Aug. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/LM Otero)moreTE | No. 80 Blake BellDallas Cowboys tight end Blake Bell (80) runs after a reception during NFL football training camp…Dallas Cowboys tight end Blake Bell (80) runs after a reception during NFL football training camp in Frisco, Texas, Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)moreTE | No. 84 Sean McKeonDallas Cowboys tight end Sean McKeon (84) catches a pass during an NFL football training camp…Dallas Cowboys tight end Sean McKeon (84) catches a pass during an NFL football training camp practice at The Star, Friday, Aug. 28, 2020, in Frisco, Texas. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)moreOFF LINE8off tackle4OT | No. 75 Cam ErvingOct 6, 2019; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs tackle Cameron Erving (75) looks to…Oct 6, 2019; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs tackle Cameron Erving (75) looks to block against Indianapolis Colts defensive end Justin Houston (99) during the first half at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY SportsmoreOT | No. 78 Terrence SteeleDallas Cowboys center Tyler Biadasz (63) and tackle Terence Steele (74) run a drill during an…Dallas Cowboys center Tyler Biadasz (63) and tackle Terence Steele (74) run a drill during an NFL football training camp practice at The Star, Friday, Aug. 28, 2020, in Frisco, Texas. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)moreOT | No. 64 Greg SenatThis is a 2020 photo of Greg Senat of the Cleveland Browns NFL football team. This…This is a 2020 photo of Greg Senat of the Cleveland Browns NFL football team. This image reflects the Cleveland Browns active roster as of Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020 when this image was taken. (AP Photo)moreoff guard2OG | No. 70 Zack MartinDallas Cowboys guard Zack Martin (70) prepares to block during NFL football training camp in Frisco,…Dallas Cowboys guard Zack Martin (70) prepares to block during NFL football training camp in Frisco, Texas, Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)moreOG | No. 52 Connor WilliamsDallas Cowboys offensive guard Connor Williams (52) stands on the sideline as he participates in drills…Dallas Cowboys offensive guard Connor Williams (52) stands on the sideline as he participates in drills at the team's NFL football training facility in Frisco, Texas, Tuesday, June 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)moreOG | No. 66 Connor McGovernDallas Cowboys guard Connor McGovern (66) runs during an organized team activity at its NFL football…Dallas Cowboys guard Connor McGovern (66) runs during an organized team activity at its NFL football training facility in Frisco, Texas, Wednesday, May 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)morecenter2Center | No. 63 Tyler BiadaszDallas Cowboys center Tyler Biadasz (63) runs back to the line of scrimmage during an NFL…Dallas Cowboys center Tyler Biadasz (63) runs back to the line of scrimmage during an NFL football training camp in Frisco, Texas, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)moreOL | No. 73 Joe LooneyDallas Cowboys center Joe Looney (73) runs off the field after an NFL football game against…Dallas Cowboys center Joe Looney (73) runs off the field after an NFL football game against the New York Giants, Monday, Nov. 4, 2019, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)moreEDGE5DE | No. 90 DeMarcus LawrenceDallas Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence (90) walks back to the line of scrimmage during an…Dallas Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence (90) walks back to the line of scrimmage during an NFL football training camp in Frisco, Texas, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)moreDE/Sam | No. 58 Aldon SmithDallas Cowboys defensive end Aldon Smith (58) chases after a play during an NFL football training…Dallas Cowboys defensive end Aldon Smith (58) chases after a play during an NFL football training camp in Frisco, Texas, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)moreDE | No. 94 Randy GregorySep 9, 2018; Charlotte, NC, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory (94) on the sidelines…Sep 9, 2018; Charlotte, NC, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory (94) on the sidelines in the first half at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY SportsmoreDE | No. 92 Dorance ArmstrongNov 5, 2018; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive end Dorance Armstrong (92) in action against…Nov 5, 2018; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive end Dorance Armstrong (92) in action against the Tennessee Titans at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY SportsmoreDE | No. 56 Bradlee AnaeFeb 27, 2020; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Utah defensive lineman Bradlee Anae (DL22) speaks to the media…Feb 27, 2020; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Utah defensive lineman Bradlee Anae (DL22) speaks to the media during the 2020 NFL Combine in the Indianapolis Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY SportsmoreINTERIORDL6DL | No. 98 Tyrone CrawfordAug 24, 2020; Frisco, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys player Tyrone Crawford (right) talks with Jim Tomsula…Aug 24, 2020; Frisco, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys player Tyrone Crawford (right) talks with Jim Tomsula during training camp at Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas. Mandatory Credit: James D. Smith via USA TODAY SportsmoreDT | No. 99 Antwaun WoodsNov 17, 2019; Detroit, MI, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Antwaun Woods (99) tackles Detroit Lions…Nov 17, 2019; Detroit, MI, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Antwaun Woods (99) tackles Detroit Lions quarterback Jeff Driskel (2) during the second half at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY SportsmoreDT | No. 96 Neville GallimoreDallas Cowboys defensive end Neville Gallimore (96) runs back to the line during an NFL football…Dallas Cowboys defensive end Neville Gallimore (96) runs back to the line during an NFL football training camp in Frisco, Texas, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)moreDT | No. 79 Justin HamiltonDec 13, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Justin Hamilton (74) stands…Dec 13, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Justin Hamilton (74) stands on the sidelines before the game against the Los Angeles Chargers at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chargers won 29-28. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY SportsmoreDT | No. 95 Eli AnkouAug 10, 2020; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns player Eli Ankou (91) during training camp. Mandatory…Aug 10, 2020; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns player Eli Ankou (91) during training camp. Mandatory Credit: Matt Starkey/Cleveland Browns via USA TODAY Sportsmorelinebacker7LB | No. 54 Jaylon SmithAug 21, 2020; Frisco, TX, USA; Jaylon Smith (54) with Ezekiel Elliott (21) of the Dallas…Aug 21, 2020; Frisco, TX, USA; Jaylon Smith (54) with Ezekiel Elliott (21) of the Dallas Cowboys during training camp at Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas. Mandatory credit: Hand out James D. Smith/Dallas Cowboys/Handout photo-USA TODAY SportsmoreLB | No. 55 Leighton Vander EschDec 15, 2019; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys linebacker Leighton Vander Esch prior to the game…Dec 15, 2019; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys linebacker Leighton Vander Esch prior to the game against the Los Angeles Rams at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY SportsmoreLB | No. 50 Sean LeeDec 15, 2019; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys outside linebacker Sean Lee (50) sacks Los Angeles…Dec 15, 2019; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys outside linebacker Sean Lee (50) sacks Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff (16) in the third quarter at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY SportsmoreLB | No. 48 Joe ThomasAug 21, 2020; Frisco, TX, USA; Joe Thomas (48) and Blake Bell (80) of the Dallas…Aug 21, 2020; Frisco, TX, USA; Joe Thomas (48) and Blake Bell (80) of the Dallas Cowboys during training camp at Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas. Mandatory credit: Hand out James D. Smith/Dallas Cowboys/Handout photo-USA TODAY SportsmoreLB | No. 57 Luke GiffordDallas Cowboys linebacker Luke Gifford (57) runs with an interception in front of San Francisco 49ers'…Dallas Cowboys linebacker Luke Gifford (57) runs with an interception in front of San Francisco 49ers' Austin Walter during the first half of an NFL preseason football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Josie Lepe)moreLB | No. 59 Justin MarchDallas Cowboys linebacker Justin March (59) goes through drills during NFL football training camp in Frisco,…Dallas Cowboys linebacker Justin March (59) goes through drills during NFL football training camp in Frisco, Texas, Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)moreLB | No. 44 Francis BernardDallas Cowboys linebacker Francis Bernard (44) goes through drills during NFL football training camp in Frisco,…Dallas Cowboys linebacker Francis Bernard (44) goes through drills during NFL football training camp in Frisco, Texas, Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)morecornerback7DB | No. 27 Trevon DiggsDallas Cowboys cornerback Trevon Diggs (27) warms up before an NFL football game against the Atlanta…Dallas Cowboys cornerback Trevon Diggs (27) warms up before an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)moreDB | No. 30 Anthony BrownDallas Cowboys cornerback Anthony Brown (31) catches a pass during NFL football practice in Frisco, Texas,…Dallas Cowboys cornerback Anthony Brown (31) catches a pass during NFL football practice in Frisco, Texas, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/LM Otero)moreDB | No. 26 Jourdan LewisDec 15, 2019; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys cornerback Jourdan Lewis (27) celebrates a sack in…Dec 15, 2019; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys cornerback Jourdan Lewis (27) celebrates a sack in the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Rams at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY SportsmoreDB | No. 29 C.J. GoodwinAug 24, 2019; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive back C.J. Goodwin (29) intercepts the ball…Aug 24, 2019; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive back C.J. Goodwin (29) intercepts the ball in the second quarter against the Houston Texans at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY SportsmoreCB | No. 32 Saivion SmithHouston Roughnecks defensive back Saivion Smith (26) raises his arms between plays during an XFL football…Houston Roughnecks defensive back Saivion Smith (26) raises his arms between plays during an XFL football game, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, in Houston. (AP Photo/Matt Patterson)moresafety4DB | No. 25 Xavier WoodsEAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY – NOVEMBER 04: Xavier Woods #25 of the Dallas Cowboys warms up…EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY – NOVEMBER 04: Xavier Woods #25 of the Dallas Cowboys warms up before the game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on November 04, 2019 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)moreDB | No. 37 Donovan WilsonAugust 10, 2019; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive back Donovan Wilson (37) after the…August 10, 2019; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive back Donovan Wilson (37) after the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY SportsmoreDB | No. 23 Darian ThompsonDallas Cowboys defensive back Darian Thompson in action during the second half of an NFL football…Dallas Cowboys defensive back Darian Thompson in action during the second half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)moreDB | No. 41 Reggie RobinsonDallas Cowboys cornerback Reggie Robinson (41) stand on the field during NFL football practice in Frisco,…Dallas Cowboys cornerback Reggie Robinson (41) stand on the field during NFL football practice in Frisco, Texas, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/LM Otero)moreSS | No. 40 Steven ParkerNov 10, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Miami Dolphins safety Steven Parker (26) celebrates an interception in…Nov 10, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Miami Dolphins safety Steven Parker (26) celebrates an interception in the end zone halting a touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts in the first half at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sportsmorespecialists3Kicker | No. 2 Greg ZuerleinNov 10, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Los Angeles Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein (4) kicks a field…Nov 10, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Los Angeles Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein (4) kicks a field goal from the hold of punter Johnny Hekker (6) against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the third quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY SportsmoreP | No. ? Hunter NiswanderDC Defenders punter Hunter Niswander (7) punts against the Seattle Dragons during an XFL football game,…DC Defenders punter Hunter Niswander (7) punts against the Seattle Dragons during an XFL football game, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Will Newton)moreLS | No. 91 L.P. LadouceurARLINGTON, TEXAS – OCTOBER 20: L.P. LaDouceur #91 of the Dallas Cowboys looks on before the…ARLINGTON, TEXAS – OCTOBER 20: L.P. LaDouceur #91 of the Dallas Cowboys looks on before the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at AT&T Stadium on October 20, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)more© Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

It’s been a historically bad year for the Dallas Cowboys defense. For their struggling units, it’s nice to get a week or two throughout the year where you should have the upper-hand in a matchup. That week should be this week for the Cowboys defense as they’ll be taking on a Cincinnati offense that is missing their starting running back, stud left tackle, and could potentially be on their third-string quarterback when this game kicks off on Sunday.

Heading into the week 14 matchup, the Cowboys defense currently ranks 32nd in points, 24th in yards, 29th in turnovers, 31st in passing touchdowns given up, 32nd in rush attempts given up, 32nd in rushing yards given up, and 29th in rushing touchdowns given up. Yikes..

But that Bengals offense is also not very good. The Bengals offense currently ranks 29th in points scored, 27th in yards, 25th in turnovers, 26th in passing touchdowns, 26th in rush attempts, 30th in rushing yards, and 25th in rushing touchdowns. From an advanced metric perspective, the Bengals offense ranks 26th in offensive EPA/play, 24th in success rate, 24th in dropback EPA, and 18th in rushing EPA. Something’s got to give, and for the first time this season it shouldn’t shock anyone if the Cowboys defense does find some success against a terrible offensive line, a terrible quarterback, Gio Bernard, and a solid receiving corps that has no one to get them the football.

What you should expect to see from the Bengals offense on Sunday is them run the football more than they’ve done all year. Coming off a game in which the Cowboys defense allowed 294 rushing yards, the Bengals offense will look to protect their bad quarterback (Ryan Finley or Brandon Allen), by running the football a ton against a defense that has struggled to stop the run all year. While the Bengals will be without starting running back Joe Mixon, Giovani Bernard and Samaje Perine will get plenty of touches on the ground, and in the quick passing game. While the receiving unit of Tyler Boyd, Tee Higgins, and A.J. Green has been pretty good this year, it’s hard to imagine any of them doing much without having quality quarterback play. That being said, this will be one of the best matchups this offense will see this year, playing against a poor Cowboys secondary that struggles in the limited amount they get thrown at in 2020.

If you’re hoping for a Cowboys victory, this defense will also be facing one of their best matchups this year. Zac Taylor has been very disappointing in his short tenure as the Bengals head coach, and their offense has lacked creativity in both the running and passing game. The Bengals are in the bottom half of the league in motion used before and at the snap. The less motion the Cowboys defense has to react too, the better they seem to play. For Cincinnati, they do do a nice job of moving their receivers around and giving them multiple opportunities and looks from both the boundary and the slot. Bengals’ rookie wideout Tee Higgins has been playing in the slot a lot here recently, giving A.J. Green and Tyler Boyd reps on the outside. While Higgins has played above expectations in 2020, Tyler Boyd is the real threat to worry about with his quickness and ability to win from inside and out, and to win after the catch, making him a dangerous matchup for the Cowboys cornerbacks.

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Dallas Cowboys Defense Vs Slot Receiver Play

The Bengals offensive line has been an issue all year, and it got even worse in week 13 as they saw their best one, Jonah Williams, go down with a knee injury that has landed him on the injured reserve list. The Bengals center, Trey Hopkins, is the 22nd ranked center by Pro Football Focus, and they’ve had a mess at their guard spots with former Cowboys Alex Redmond and Xaiver Su’a-filo, along with Quinton Spain and Michael Jordan splitting time at guard. While Jonah Williams was playing well, tackle Bobby Hart has struggled and is graded out as the leagues 45th ranked offensive tackle, and with Williams now on IR, rookie left tackle Hakeem Adeniji will get the start in place of him. Any way you look at it, the Cowboys defensive line will face one of the weaker offensive lines in the NFL, and have no excuses not to win at the point of attack in the run game, as well as winning their pass rush opportunities.

Dallas Cowboys Defense Vs Slot Receivers

We’ve seen this Cowboys defense struggle all year, but there’s really no excuses in week 14. The Bengals have no threat on their offense, outside of their top two receivers, but there’s no quarterback to consistently get them the football. If the Cowboys defense struggles yet again, either on the ground or through the air, even more criticism will come for the coaching staff and front office, which is more than fair.