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Buffalo at Dallas

Posted By David Willow On Nov 11 2011 @ 3:35 pm In Dallas Cowboys | No Comments

The return of former coach Chan Gailey and the rematch of Super Bowls XXVII and XXVIII will be an interesting side note, but the franchises are no where near the same as they were in those years. At best, we should be in line for a good game between 2 teams looking to regain respectability and keep themselves in the running for the playoffs. It’s pivotal for both teams. With the Giants leading the division and the Eagles threatening to come out of the early season hole that they fell into, getting this win is of monumental significance for Dallas to stay competitive. Here are some important factors to consider this Sunday.

Offensively

Here’s to you Mr. Robinson: Without Miles Austin in the game, the Cowboys will need to rely on Laurent Robinson in his stead. Robinson has been reliable over the last to game with 5 catches and a touchdown in each. He has had rapport with Tony Romo from the moment that they signed him and against a 25th ranked Bills secondary should come up big opposite of Dez Bryant and along with Jason Witten.

Keep riding the hot hand:
I’ve been on him from the start of the season and have no reason to slow down in my belief that the Cowboys should continue to feature DeMarco Murray in this game even if Felix Jones was healthy enough to play. This week Murray got the endorsements of Cowboy Hall of Famers Emmitt Smith and Tony Dorsett, and Jerry Jones compared his gliding style to that of Eric Dickerson, which is pretty high praise for Murray’s young career after only 3 starts.

Defensively

Reestablish the run defense: The Cowboys started out the year as one of the top ranked run defenses, but have been exposed as of late and stopping Fred Jackson should be the defensive priority.

Cut off the short routes:
Ryan Fitzpatrick has been criticized for not having a strong arm to go deep, and stats have shown that the Bills are one of league’s worst teams attacking the deep routes. If the Cowboys can attack the short passes, they may have a chance at slowing down the Bills passing game.

This game could go either way, but I’d give the edge to the Cowboys at home.

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