The Chicago Bears‘ Alshon Jeffery has been consistently better than the defenders he has gone against since his days as a South Carolina Gamecock. Next Monday night, the Dallas Cowboys get to test their hand against Mr. Jeffery, who is coming off of his best game as a professional.
The Cowboys’ secondary has been suspect, to say the least this season. The Cowboys currently rank 31st in passing yards allowed on the season and have been absolutely annihilated at times during the year. In particular, Brandon Carr has struggled at times this year as well.
Carr, who generally covers the opponent’s best player will be the one lining up opposite Jeffery next Monday on Soldier Field. After the punishment that Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson put on the Cowboys, without a solid pass rush and help over the top, it could prove to be yet another long day for Carr. Jeffery is another 6-foot-3 (or taller), 215-plus-pound receiver that is great at snagging the football at its highest pointm as well as being physical at the line of scrimmage.
Carr will have a tough task against him when the Cowboys travel to the Windy city. Adding to the defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin‘s woes is how to cover both Jeffery and Brandon Marshall after cornerback Morris Claiborne sat out last week’s game. Claiborne gives Dallas a good one-two punch at the cornerback position. If he does miss any more time, that would call for Orlando Scandrick to move into the spot opposite Carr. Scandrick has played well at times during the year, but would be at a disadvantage against the much larger and more physical Marshall.
The combination of Marshall and Jeffery give the Bears one of the most physical receiver tandems in the NFL and the Cowboys’ secondary will have their hands full come Monday night.