The Oakland Raiders average almost 333 total yards and are the fourth-best rushing attack in the NFL. The Dallas Cowboys put a damper on their Thanksgiving by holding them to an abysmal 50 yards rushing.
For most of the season, the Cowboys’ defense has been less than stellar. At times, they have been absolutely horrendous. Thursday’s game was a change from the norm in that it saw a resurgent DeMarcus Ware, as well as a few big plays from their top cornerback Brandon Carr.
With Sean Lee out, Ware and Carr are without a doubt the two best players that the Cowboys have left on the defensive side of the ball. Carr has been victimized plenty of times this year, and Ware is just now rounding back into shape after a few nagging injuries.
Ware being at the defensive line now alleviates the pressure of being in pass coverage. The Cowboys’ defense may finally have found a way to get pressure on the quarterback as well as shut down the opponent’s rushing attack. The Raiders came in with one of the most physical offensive lines in the league and despite getting pushed around at times, the Cowboys were able to hold their own.
Much in the same way people constantly harp on Tony Romo, Carr faces the same treatment. He has been called upon to match up with some of the NFL’s best this season. The likes of Victor Cruz, Calvin Johnson and Marques Colston have routinely beaten the Cowboys’ best cornerback. Well, they have beaten plenty of other corners as well this year.
Carr played well in the game against Oakland, even nabbing a highlight-worthy interception in the fourth quarter to all but guarantee a win against the Raiders.