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Dallas Cowboys Keys to Winning

The keys to winning against the Seahawks are the same for the 49ers.  The Cowboys cannot play down to the Seahawks level and must continue to play with intensity and intelligence.  The Cowboys put away the 49ers when they were limited to a couple of field goals, instead of touchdowns and with the big play.  Cowboys can't look beyond this game towards the Steelers, Giants, Ravens, and Eagles.  They need to continue to play each game like if its a playoff game and every play like if it is their last in order to make a successful run at the gauntlet. 

Defensively

The Cowboys need to continue to bring relentless pressure to the opposing teams' quarterbacks and the turnover floodgates will open.  The defense also needs to continue to play discipline, team defense against the run.  The secondary plays decent man coverage and they need to continue to improve zone coverage against the bunch formation that has given them fits throughout the season.  Discipline, Discipline, Discipline!

Offensively

Garrett has improved his play-calling tremendously over the last 2 games because he is forcing defenses to choose their poison.  Even Singletary said in his Monday press conference that if you double T.O. than the other offensive weapons are going to have career days.  Romo cannot have another off-day on the short and intermediate range routes and needs to continue to reduce his turnovers.  He only had 1 against the 49ers and he trusted the RB to pull-a-rabbit-out-of-a-hat, and the lone turnover was a lot better than his previous outings. 

Special Teams

The kickoff team needs to continue to be disciplined by hustling down their lanes and not allowing a return past the 20 yard line and the same goes for the punt coverage.  The punt return team finally blocked a punt and now its time for a punt and/or a kickoff return for a touchdown. 

Penalties

The Cowboys have improved overall, except in 1 facet of the game and that is penalties.  They continue to commit too many penalties and this will be their achilles' heel that prevent them from making the playoffs or going deep in the playoffs.

Phillips/Coaching staff

Just need to keep the foot on the gas pedal.  This doesn't necessarily mean that the Cowboys need to run-up the score, but for them to continue to play aggressive, smart football.

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving and best wishes to all of the members of fannation and their loved ones, and to all of the men and women who have served and are currently serving in the armed forces.

 

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