After 2 tough weeks the Cowboys finally came through in a big way when it counted the most in a must win game. The Cowboys came away with a win on the road in Houston and look to head into the bye week on a positive note.
It was great to see the Dallas be able to rely on rookie wide out Dez Bryant, and most of all Roy Williams, when they needed them the most because coverage was rolled on Miles Austin. For the first time this season the offense looked like it was on the same page and was working in both the run and pass. Marion Barber was finally used to close out a game, which he is best suited for.
The defense swamed the Texans, getting the Matt Schaub for 4 sacks and 2 interceptions. The defense was able to shut down a slowed Andre Johnson, and also took advantage of a still young Arian Foster, forcing a costly fumble from the 2nd year back. They held the Texans to 13 points, with 7 points coming from a late touchdown.
Dallas has a lot to celebrate, as they were able to beat a good team that had started the season out on a roll, shutting down one of the leagues top offenses while flexing their own offensive muscle. It is a good sign that they were able to win on both sides of the ball as well.
Before Dallas gets too excited, they should be aware that this is still only 1 win and there are still concerns on the team. On the Cowboys first drive they went for it twice on 4th down. Their lack of faith in David Buehler was apparent in their decisions try to convert on 4th down and eventually end what looked like a strong drive with no points. Buehler ended up kicking 2 field goals from 49 and 40 yards out, but is that enough for the team to trust the leg of Buehler or will we end up seeing more attemps to convert on 4th downs?
Probably the most important thing the team could take away from the game was that the players where having fun. The cloud that was hanging over the players and coaches visibly rose off their shoulders and this should help the team to build momentum coming out of the bye week.
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Written by David Willow
My name is David Willow. Your NFL and Fantasy Jedi. I have lived in Dallas, TX most of my life. I have been following both football and basketball since I was a child. I love being able to research and analyze different players and teams. I've been a fantasy sports enthusiast for around 8 years with some titles to back that. I have a Bachelors degree in History with a minor in English. Other hobbies include me being part of an acting workshop for five years, playing guitar, and working out. Hit me up with any comments, questions or opinions.