Monday, December 13, 2010
No. 1 WRs have Dallas secondary's number
By Tim MacMahon
Washington’s Santana Moss, who has a history as a Cowboys killer, must be licking his chops. The Dallas secondary is in the midst of a historically horrible stretch of failing to cover No. 1 receivers.
Indianapolis’ Reggie Wayne racked up 14 receptions for 200 yards and a touchdown against the Cowboys. Philadelphia’s DeSean Jackson followed that up with a four-catch, 210-yard, one-touchdown performance.
Here are a few nuggets to put that into perspective:
*The Cowboys had given up only two 200-yard receiving games in their previous 50 seasons. And they’d gone 37 seasons without doing so. The receivers who put up 200-plus on the Cowboys before the last couple of weeks were the Bears’ Johnny Morris in 1962 and the Rams’ Harold Jackson in 1973.
*The 1989 New Orleans Saints were the last NFL team to allow 200-yard receivers in back-to-back weeks. The Rams’ Flipper Anderson set the NFL record with 336 yards against the Saints, who let Detroit’s Richard Johnson shred them for 248 yards the following week.
*There have been only two other teams in the last two decades to allow a pair of 200-yard receiving performances in the same season. The Cowboys join the 1999 Chicago Bears and 2009 Kansas City Chiefs in that bad company.