This week the Dallas Cowboys will be facing off against another speedy/deep threat receiver in Nelson Agholor. This type of receiver early in the season has been somewhat of a problem for a certain Cowboys cornerback at times, and knowing the New England Patriots, they are going to do whatever they can to get this one-on-one matchup this week. For that reason, Anthony Brown is our under-the-radar player to watch in week six.
In week one of the 2021 season, Brown was cooked by Antonio Brown for a 47-yard touchdown pass, and overall Brown gave up eight completions for 127 yards on nine targets, that’s an 88.9% completion percentage. Then against the Carolina Panthers and their speedy receiver D.J. Moore, Brown gave up seven completions for 107 yards on 13 targets, that’s a 53.8% completion percentage according to Profootballreference.com advanced defensive stats. If you compare him to the other two cornerbacks the Cowboys have started in Trevon Diggs and Jourdan Lewis, you see a trend.
You can see that Brown has been targeted the most by opposing teams and his passer rating allowed is higher than the rest. That is to be expected when you’re targeted 22 more times than Lewis, while Diggs, who is just playing on another level right now, has been targeted five fewer times. With those numbers, the Patriots will most assuredly continue working on Brown in an effort to get him to bite on double moves and make big plays down the field with Agholor, or even the other receivers like N’Keal Harry and Jakobi Meyers. For the Cowboys to keep this Patriots offense under control, they will need another strong game from Brown like he produced last week against the New York Giants where he was targeted eight times, giving up only two completions for 51 yards and a pick-six to ice the game for the Cowboys.
If they can get that out of him then the Cowboys can focus their efforts on slowing down the Patriots tight ends Jonnu Smith and Hunter Henry along with their running game with Damien Harris.