Dallas Cowboys: Brandon Carr's Inspired Play Is Leading Dallas

Danny Webster@@DannyWebster21Analyst IIIDecember 17, 2012

Brandon Carr's interception in overtime helped push the Cowboys into a three-way tie for first place in the NFC East with two games to go.
Brandon Carr's interception in overtime helped push the Cowboys into a three-way tie for first place in the NFC East with two games to go.Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

Let me be very clear: There are many that deserve credit in helping the Dallas Cowboys leapfrog back on top of the NFC East with two games to go.

Tony Romo has played outstandingly in the month of December, a month that most Cowboys fans usually dread. He's thrown six touchdowns to one interception, and his play against the No. 1-ranked Pittsburgh defense on Sunday may have been his best performance yet.

Dez Bryant, playing with a broken finger, caught a huge touchdown in the third quarter to get Dallas going after it seemed the Steelers had all the momentum. There's even DeMarco Murray with his outstanding running and making up for that fumble inside the 10-yard line in the second quarter.

Jason Witten, Anthony Spencer, Miles Austin, Dwayne Harris, etc., the list goes on and on.

But this is the time for players to show that they're worth the money that they've been given. Which is why a good majority of the credit should go to Brandon Carr.

On a defense that has been ravaged by injuries, the $50-million man has come up huge for the Cowboys over the last number of weeks, especially in the turnover department.

There was that big-time interception against Cincinnati that put the Cowboys in prime position to score the tying touchdown, and then the one that may define Dallas' season thus far—that pick in overtime against Pittsburgh to put the Cowboys at 8-6.

Not to mention the fact that he had to come up big without Morris Claiborne helping him on the other side of the field, Carr is slowly proving that he's worth every bit of that $50 million that Kansas City didn't want to pay him.

Carr wasn't brought to Dallas to become the next Deion Sanders. He was brought to Dallas to provide a spark to a secondary that has been a laughing stock in the NFL for the last number of years. If there was ever any doubt, it's been thrown out the window.

His inspired play in light of the recent events—the murder/suicide situation in Kansas City, and the recent passing of Jerry Brown—has given the Cowboys a new ray of hope, not only this season, but going forward.

It can be said that if not for Carr's big-time plays, Dallas would not be in the situation it's in right now. That's not to say that his play has sealed the NFC East for the Cowboys, though, because there's still two games to go. 

And if there was ever a test for Carr to prove that he's worth every penny, it starts next week against Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints. Then, of course, Robert Griffin III comes the following Sunday for all the marbles.

But right now, Jerry Jones is looking like a genius for throwing that money his way.