Good morning Buc's nation. I come in peace. I thought I would put up a post over here from one fan base to another. Hopefully someone from your site will return the favor over on Blogging the Boys.
First, a quick down-and-dirty on the Dallas Cowboys. This team is coming off a real stinker up in Seattle last week. The Cowboys had multiple miscues on all sides of the ball. 2 early turnovers on ST put the Cowboys down by 10 points early in the first quarter. The Cowboys showed signs of life on offense in the first half, pulling to within one score. But as the game wore on, the offense sputtered, with multiple drops by usually-sure-handed receiver Dez Bryant and TE Jason Witten. On the defensive side of the ball, the team looked solid early, but as the game wore on, the Seahawks began to manage the clock on offense and run the ball consistently against the Dallas D in the 2nd half. Absent from the lineup Sunday was Pro-Bowl NT Jay Ratliff. His presence was greatly missed in the run game.
On the injury front, we came out of the Seattle game pretty banged up on the defensive side of the ball. Safteys Gerald Sensabaugh and Barry Church and DT Kenyon Coleman were injured and did not finish the game. Early injury reports seem to suggest that Church will suit up against TB but that Sensabaugh may not. Jay Ratliff also looks to miss another game. Jason Witten continues to return to 100% after the much-publicized spleen injury he suffered in the pre-season.
Call it a let-down game after defeating the reigning SB champs in Week 1, call it too much time off, whatever...this team did not appear to be the same Cowboys team we saw in Week one. Look for Dallas to return to Week 1 form at home against TB in Week 3 after a demoralizing Week 2 loss.
On offense, the Cowboys will look to feed WRs Dez Bryant and Miles Austin early and often. RB Demarco Murray will try to open things up in the running game. Suprisingly, the Cowboys had fewer false start penalties in Week 2 in a much louder CenturyLink stadium in Seattle. We are cautiously optimistic about C Ryan Cook, who is making his 2nd official start after playing all but 3 snaps in the Week 1 contest. Cook looks to be an upgrade over embattled C Phil Costa, who is recovering from a back strain and may have lost his job.
On defense, Cowboys fans are excited about our significant upgrade in the secondary with the addition of FA CB Brandon Carr and 1st round draft choice Morris Claiborne. Both of these corners excel in press coverage, which has allowed defensive coordinator Rob Ryan to run his defense like it is designed to, without having to provide safety help as much in the passing game. Another significant upgrade is at the ILB position with Bruce Carter, who joins rising star Sean "Chuck Norris" Lee in replacement of now-departed Keith Brooking and Brady James.
I will attempt to answer questions in the comments section. I'm sure other members of BTB will soon join.
Good luck on Sunday and may the best team win.