The Cowboys suffered what was probably their most devastating lose of the season last week, surrendering the lead in the division to the New York Giants. This week they will get a slightly easier match up with a Tampa Bay team that has taken a step back this season. This is a win that the team will need if they are going to have any chance of staying in contention to for the division.
The Cowboys will turn back to Felix Jones this week after losing DeMarco Murray. Jones ran well last week, topping 100 yards against the Giants, but he is clearly not the all around back that Murray had been this season. However, Felix is fresh and will be relied upon heavily this week.
The Cowboys did get Miles Austin back, and though he seemed at slightly less than full speed, he played well. With Laurent Robinson playing through a shoulder injury the Cowboys will need Austin ready to go.
Offensively, the Cowboys are still sound, but the question coming up for the team is their blatant defensive issues, especially late in games. Rob Ryan has been unable to stop the bleeding late in games defensively and has been at the root of many of the collapses for the Cowboys this season. A turnaround is needed now or we may be looking for a new defensive coordinator this off-season.
That’s not to ignore the obvious issues in Dallas’ secondary, which cannot be neglected again this off-season. The Cowboys front office will have to concede that Gerlad Sensabaugh and Abram Elam will not cut it at safety and target a safety in the draft or through free agency.
Looking towards this week, the Cowboys will need to keep a dangerous Josh Freeman in check and not overlook LeGarrette Blount. If the team is to hold on to any hopes of making the week 17 match up against the Giants count, they will need to make this week count first and foremost.
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Written by David Willow
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