Brandon Carr rebounds

IRVING, Texas -- When you're part of a secondary that allowed 329 receiving yards to Detroit's Calvin Johnson, the next game would seem easy.

Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr faced Minnesota's Jerome Simpson and at times Greg Jennings and Cordarrelle Patterson on Sunday.

Carr played well in man and zone coverages, getting eight tackles and one pass breakup. Simpson finished with two catches for 24 yards after being targeted five times. Jennings had one of his more productive days of the season with a team-leading six catches for 56 yards, but rookie B.W. Webb handled him from the slot.

Patterson finished with thee catches fro 13 yards.

The Cowboys like to use Carr, who's 6-0, against the tallest receiver among the starters. Simpson and Patterson -- both 6-2 --posed a threat in the passing game.

"I was checking the (main) guy," Carr said of Simpson. "We knew and I knew going into this game he was going to get the ball. My thing is just be patient, and I don’t complain about getting passes because I know there’s going to be games where the player I'm checking is going to have the hot hand and they're going to be trying to feed him the whole game."