NFL  > Dallas Cowboys  > Cowboy thoughts that must wait until the "easy" part is over.....
December 1, 2011, 01:05 PM
Dallas heads into Arizona (4-7) for what should be a relatively easy victory at least on paper. Yes Kolb may return, B. Wells of a recent +200 yard outing is nursing a sore/swollen knee and statistically the Cardinals are in the bottom third of most statistical categories just like their below average W/L record.

Arizona is a home away from home for Dallas, for years Az had no pro team so many out there adopted the Cowboys as their favorites. Dallas/Cards match-ups have been difficult since they played one another in NFC "East" games so many years ago, it remains the same today. Last two meetings decided by less than a FG if I recall with I think Dallas getting the L in both cases.

Classic "trap" game looms for Dallas. 2X Giants, 1x Philly remain in December with a visit with the Bucs as well. Dallas may be looking past the Cardinals to get to the meat of the schedule to lock into an NFC East title. Not so fast! The Giants play for their lives this weekend vs the Juggernaut Packers, Philly will try and replicate the 34-7 shellacking they administered a month ago. In order for Dallas to have some slop in those Dec NFC East match-ups coming soon they must dispatch the Cardinals this Sunday. Will the Cards rise up to the task? Close but no cigar, Dallas by 4 pts....thoughts?
December 1, 2011  03:02 PM ET

The last few times they've gone to the desert they've crapped in their pants, especially the special teams..which were not special on any occasion.

December 1, 2011  03:50 PM ET

Yes, but in one fell swoop, the Cards took out Romo and McBriar, too. They will have to protect both of them .

I think the 'Boys will win by 10...if there are no major injuries, and the defense rises to the occasion.

December 1, 2011  04:16 PM ET

Friggin' spam............bump

December 1, 2011  05:42 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Yes, but in one fell swoop, the Cards took out Romo and McBriar, too. They will have to protect both of them .I think the 'Boys will win by 10...if there are no major injuries, and the defense rises to the occasion.

Yeah, they broke McBriar's foot right, and returned the blocked punt for points? What happened to Romo?

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December 1, 2011  05:58 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

The best of luck too +40/Bull/Tx/77/C_C_C,,On yer Cowboys this week. may you all have a better season,and make JJ smile,along the way.

Thanks EZ, good luck to your guys too with the Steelers. You've got a tough road ahead too closing with the Ravens, two winnable games with Cards and Rams. Texans is an unknown with the new QB/Delhomme.

December 1, 2011  06:04 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Yeah, they broke McBriar's foot right, and returned the blocked punt for points? What happened to Romo?

I don't recall Romo getting taken out either. One game the Cowboys gave up an opening kickoff return for a TD. Never got better from there.

December 1, 2011  06:05 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Yeah, they broke McBriar's foot right, and returned the blocked punt for points? What happened to Romo?

Romo went out with a broken finger on his throwing hand. I believe they both went out in the same game.

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December 1, 2011  06:14 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

I'm sure they didn't intentionally try to break McBriar's foot.

We're not saying that.

All we're saying is that McBriar's foot was broken in the AZ game, as was Romo's finger on his throwing hand.

December 1, 2011  06:15 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

The best of luck too +40/Bull/Tx/77/C_C_C,,On yer Cowboys this week. may you all have a better season,and make JJ smile,along the way.

Than ks, EZ...same with the Bengals

December 1, 2011  06:55 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

I'm sure they didn't intentionally try to break McBriar's foot.

No, it was not intentional, it happened on the blocked punt. Only a kicker can kick another guy and hurt himself. WHY are these guys so damn fragile? If I was a kicker I would be embarassed by my "apparent" lack of football skills on the field. That is why I like Beuhler from Dallas so much, the guy is a football player who can also kickoff. Can't make FGs though.
Punters are scrubs. WHAT do they do all day during practice? Hit the weights man!!!

December 1, 2011  07:35 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

No, it was not intentional, it happened on the blocked punt. Only a kicker can kick another guy and hurt himself. WHY are these guys so damn fragile? If I was a kicker I would be embarassed by my "apparent" lack of football skills on the field. That is why I like Beuhler from Dallas so much, the guy is a football player who can also kickoff. Can't make FGs though. Punters are scrubs. WHAT do they do all day during practice? Hit the weights man!!!

We've seen the last of Beuhler.

December 1, 2011  08:04 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

We've seen the last of Beuhler.

Yeah but I liked his play on Kick offs! He'd go down there and mix it up.

I think it was Efren Herrera who would go down on kicks and lay guys out back in the day. Nobody bothered to block the punky kicker.....mistake

December 1, 2011  10:19 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Yeah but I liked his play on Kick offs! He'd go down there and mix it up. I think it was Efren Herrera who would go down on kicks and lay guys out back in the day. Nobody bothered to block the punky kicker.....mistake

Who was the fool who whiffed on that block on the Seattle play off game? Gramatica? That was piss poor there. If that "idiot kicker" would have at least got in that Seahawks players way, Romo could have scored on that botched field goal attempt. I blame him for that loss, not Romo.

December 2, 2011  04:16 AM ET

Bump

December 2, 2011  08:47 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Who was the fool who whiffed on that block on the Seattle play off game? Gramatica? That was piss poor there. If that "idiot kicker" would have at least got in that Seahawks players way, Romo could have scored on that botched field goal attempt. I blame him for that loss, not Romo.

Bull, agreed. Every time they show that video (and we will see it again soon; it was shown recently when Romo took over holding duties again) I don't watch the snap or Romo....I watch that damn kicker and ask myself what could he have done different/better to make that block!!

For what it is worth I LOVE to see Romo as the holder. Opens up tons of possibilites for fake FG. You want Romo rolling right for a pass or McBrier? That's an easy one.

December 2, 2011  09:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

Bull, agreed. Every time they show that video (and we will see it again soon; it was shown recently when Romo took over holding duties again) I don't watch the snap or Romo....I watch that damn kicker and ask myself what could he have done different/better to make that block!!For what it is worth I LOVE to see Romo as the holder. Opens up tons of possibilites for fake FG. You want Romo rolling right for a pass or McBrier? That's an easy one.

Yeah, if he could have just put his shoulder into that guy, and slowed him down a few steps, Romo would have been in the end zone. Case closed. Or even if he had laid down and took his legs out from under him......chicken **** kicker.......lol.....

That's what I liked about Buehler.....he wasn't scared to knock fire out of someone.

December 2, 2011  09:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

The last few times they've gone to the desert they've crapped in their pants, especially the special teams..which were not special on any occasion.

Bringing up past games is pointless....

This is a different team and different defense vs the Wade Phillips regime.

I think Kolb will be rusty and Dallas will get to him early and often.

I also do not see the Cards slowing down Dallas on offense.

Dallas wins 28-17 and gets set for a big game vs the Giants.

 
December 2, 2011  09:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#19):

Bringing up past games is pointless....This is a different team and different defense vs the Wade Phillips regime.I think Kolb will be rusty and Dallas will get to him early and often.I also do not see the Cards slowing down Dallas on offense.Dallas wins 28-17 and gets set for a big game vs the Giants.

Jeff,
I still see the special teams as a huge weakness as indicated by TxHeat. Coverage is awful. I'd have to look it up but would be surprised if we are avg'ing on KO coverage inside the 20! Thats with the new rules and kicks DEEEEP into the endzone--ie. guys coming out from 6+ yrds deep. Don't even want to think about the punt coverage--Holley is a singular bright spot I see on tackles.

Dez is a threat on punt returns but without any thigh or knee pads I worry about another injury. Felix on KOs....I need to see it, too tentative, looks for holes rather than "hitting them"

THREE phases to the game and Dallas is not strong in Special Teams. I will go look this up if able and may return with egg on my face....suspect they are bottom 1/3 in this category.

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