While the Cowboys defense has been improving lately, they will have a tough test against the Lions when it comes to stopping wide receiver Calvin Johnson and running back Reggie Bush. As far as owner Jerry Jones is concerned, it is Bush that the team needs to worry about more.
Jones was asked on KRLD-FM which player he was more worried about, and it was the former USC star that caught his attention.
“Well, I think Bush,” Jones said, via the Dallas Morning News. “When I look at where we seem to have some vulnerability using the passes out of the backfield, I look at what San Diego did, I look at times what Philadelphia did, if they were able to do anything at all, coming out of that backfield. That seems defensively to be a rough area for us. We’ve worked on it a lot this week.
“Now, Johnson, he wins most every match when they compete for the ball, if the ball is up there and he’s got a chance to get it, he wins it. got the size and got the skill to make it, and again, that’s my point. They got a guy who can really, really deliver the ball, so having said that, I think Bush would be the one to leave home if we could get him left home.”
It won’t be easy for the Cowboys defense to keep either man in check, but shutting down the run is always a good place to start.
If the Cowboys can make the Lions offense one dimensional, then they will have a much better chance ant covering Calvin Johnson down the stretch.