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Cowboys Building Up Steam?
Posted By David Willow On Nov 16 2012 @ 5:09 pm In Dallas Cowboys | No Comments
The Cowboys will start a 3 game homestead this week by hosting the Browns this week. It is a set of games including the Browns, Redskins, and Eagles that could leave the team at 7-5 were they to win out and leave them with something to play for in the ladder half of the season.
The team has been kept in games by strong defensive play, even with the loss of Sean Lee. The defense will need to hone in on standout rookie back Trent Richardson, who is clearly the best offensive player on the Browns as well as keeping an eye on rookie Josh Gordon who is a dangerous deep threat for the Browns. The coaching staff hopefully took aside Morris Claiborne this week to talk about the penalties last week against the Eagles. The rookie seemed to be holding on most plays and was flagged for a good deal of them late in the game. It’s likely a resulting from a lack of confidence, which many rookie CBs have problems with, and will hopefully be corrected this week as Claiborne is a very talented player.
Tony Romo threw the ball less last week than in any other game this season with 26 attempts. This may be a good sign for Romo, who is seemingly played more of a game manager role. He has not thrown an interception over the last 2 games and his efficiency has been up due to it. Romo will still get his opportunities to play the gunslinger, as he had a great scramble and pass late in the game last week, but allowing him to pick and choose the higher percentage passes rather than trying to fit the ball into tight windows can only benefit Romo and the Cowboys against a vulnerable Browns secondary.
Dez Bryant looks like he is gaining more confidence as well as trust with Tony Romo which is great to see. Coachs have said that he is beginning to understand the game a bit more and he is playing with more focus and understanding than he has in the past. Probably more importantly is that he has been a model citizen and has not only accepted blame for mistakes, but has tried to learn from them as well.
DeMarco Murray will likely sit out another week, which is probably for the best as the team wants him to be 100% healed before he returns. For now Felix Jones is running the show and has played fairly well as of late. Dallas will likely let him take back the feature role this week after a strong performance against the Eagles and sub-par performances from Lance Dunbar and Phillip Tanner. Felix should have a strong performance against one of the weaker run defending teams.
Edge goes to the Cowboys in a game they should be able to take at home.
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