Derek Carr vs. Byron Jones
Here’s the one that should have football fans excited. Let’s take the best emerging star on the Raiders offense and pin him against the best emerging star on the Cowboys defense. So what do you got? Well, it’s Raiders quarterback Derek Carr versus Cowboys safety Byron Jones. What a treat.
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Carr had a great first game in Todd Downing’s offense. Yes, that pick to Rams cornerback Trumaine Johnson was atrocious, but Carr was close to perfect otherwise.
As for Jones, this will be his Cowboys defense before too long. Sure, it’s still the Sean Lee show in the middle of the Dallas defense, but he gets hurt all the time.
Expect a chess match between the Carr and Jones. Clearly, Carr has the upper hand, but Jones has to be on the short list of breakout stars in 2017. For Dallas to win the ultra-competitive NFC East, Jones will have to play like a Pro Bowler as the best player on that Cowboys defense. This Raiders offense can be as good as Carr is willing to drive it.