Five-star: Patrick Peterson won't run wild

December, 1, 2011
12/01/11
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Five-star question: Will Patrick Peterson, averaging 19.2 per punt return the past four games with three touchdowns, hit his average or return a punt for a touchdown Sunday against the Cowboys?

His old buddy and LSU teammate, Danny McCray, who just happens to be easily the Cowboys' best special teams player, will make sure Peterson doesn't celebrate against the Cowboys.

Or hit his average.

McCray knows Peterson's strength and weaknesses, which are few. For McCray and the rest of the punt coverage team to have a chance, Mat McBriar must be terrific. This is a week for long hang times and directional kicks.

Peterson must be pinned to a side of the field because if he gets it in the middle of the field, it's going to be a long day. The initial reaction is to think the Cowboys' punt coverage team has been bad this season.

The reality is that it's been pretty good, but it had an awful day against Washington's Brandon Banks last month. That won't happen again.

It can't, if the Cowboys are going win.

The Cowboys have yield just three returns of 20 yards or more this season. The only way the Cardinals can beat Dallas is with Peterson having a big game.

McBriar and McCray won't let him.
Jean-Jacques Taylor joined ESPNDallas.com in August 2011. A native of Dallas, Taylor spent the past 20 years writing for The Dallas Morning News, where he covered high schools sports, the Texas Rangers and spent 11 seasons covering the Dallas Cowboys before becoming a general columnist in 2006.

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