The Cowboys will have to do everything short of calling Optimus Prime and the rest of the Autobots to give their secondary a chance against Megatron. The Cowboys will have their hands full come Sunday when they have to guard the 6-foot-5, 235-pound monster of a receiver.
Johnson has 33 receptions for 492 yards on the year with six touchdowns. Johnson has routinely received double and triple teams throughout his entire professional career. Even back during his days at Georgia Tech, Johnson has been unguardable with single coverage. The Cincinnati Bengals found out just how, “Mega” Megatron can be after he beat triple coverage to snag a deep touchdown pass from Matthew Stafford.
If the Cowboys are going to have any success against Johnson, it’s going to start with free agent acquisition Brandon Carr. It’s worth noting that expecting any one defensive back, no matter how talented, to match up one-on-one with Johnson is unfair and down right foolish. With Carr giving up both five inches in height and nearly 30 pounds, he has his work cut out for him come Sunday. However, Carr does have the physical skills to give Johnson some problems. The Cowboys’ best plan of attack would be to lock-up Carr with Johnson and give him safety help. Rookie safety J.J. Wilcox and Barry Church will have to keep eyes on Johnson at all times to help limit his effectiveness.
It’s been no secret that the Cowboys have struggled against the pass this season. Victor Cruz of the New York Giants torched the Cowboys’ secondary for 100-plus yards this season. Peyton Manning threw for over 400 yards in the game against the Cowboys. Antonio Gates also gave the Cowboys problems with 136 receiving yards against them. With their pass rusher DeMarcus Ware sidelined, the Cowboys’ have their work cut out for them when Megatron comes into town.