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Cowboys at Patriots
Posted By David Willow On Oct 14 2011 @ 6:06 pm In Dallas Cowboys | No Comments
It is one of the more talked about games coming up this weekend. The Cowboys will travel to Foxborough to face Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, and unlike most I think Dallas has a shot in this game.
Here are some points.
Health: First and foremost, the Cowboys will be coming off of their BYE week which was very welcomed with all the injuries to many of the team’s starters. Tony Romo, Dez Bryant, Miles Austin, and Felix Jones have had time to heal up over the last week. On the flip side to that the Patriots are dealing with injuries of their own with 12 starters being listed as questionable this week.
Offense versus Offense: Romo is not on par with Tom Brady, but he does run a good offense that can move the ball and the New England defense is anything but good right now. So the Cowboys are capable of keeping pace with New England’s high scoring offense. Bill Belichick tends to try and take the other teams star player out of the game, as he did to Antonio Gates a few weeks back. However, if Belichick decides to key in on Dez Bryant, then Romo can go to Miles Austin or Jason Witten. Maybe he decides to roll coverage on Witten, then Dez and Miles could come up big. The point being that the Cowboys have enough good players on offense to spread the ball around in the event that the Patriots direct their attention to one player. The problem for the Cowboys is that New England can do the same thing with their guys.
Get Dez Involved Early: Bryant tends to be an emotional player, so getting the ball to him early makes a lot of sense and his physical play has proven successful against the Patriots defense. This should also help to open up thing for Austin and Witten.
Slow down Welker: If you can. Welker has been playing out of his mind so far this season, and slowing him down is probably the best Dallas can hope for.
The Gemini Ends: The Pat’s two tight ends will prove to be a nightmare for the Dallas secondary with the miss matches they create. Hopefully, Sean Lee can continue his improved pass coverage, but to what avail?
Shootout: Yup. This has all the makings for one. Two offenses that can pass well on offense, and two teams that have issues stopping the pass on defense.
In the end the Patriots have been unstoppable offensively, and the Cowboys will have to keep up, leaving most to err on the side of a more accomplished Tom Brady. It’s understandable and makes a lot of sense, but don’t count out the Cowboys in this one.
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