The NFL season begins this week and one of the more highly anticipated matchups is the battle in Cleveland where the Browns host the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys are favored by 4 points. Here is a breakdown of the matchups Sunday:
Derek Anderson vs Tony Romo
Although Anderson proved he has talent, Romo can make plays out of botched ones and he has more command over the offense. Romo has the upper hand just because of his play-making ability. And it is hard to forget that Buffalo Bills game last season when he threw all of those interceptions, only to lead the Cowboys back to the win. Overcoming adversity is something he does well in the regular season.
Terrell Owens and Patrick Crayton vs Braylon Edwards and Donte Stallworth
It is tough to find a receiver whom you can pick over Terrell Owens. Owens should have a strong game against one of the worst defenses in the NFL last year. Crayton could also find himself getting a lot of catches if Owens is double covered. Braylon Edwards may have a good game depending on how the secondary plays for the Cowboys this season. What has been the Achilles heel for years, the secondary may be turning the corner. Donte Stallworth is a proven clutch guy and he’s hurt the Cowboys before. This matchup is closer than what some folks may think. The slight upper hand goes to Dallas.
Kellen Winslow vs Jason Witten
Hands down, Jason Witten is the best NFL tight end right now. Winslow has a bum knee, and it won’t be 100 percent at game time, giving more of the upper hand to Witten. If anyone is going to blow this game wide open, it will be Witten. He is expected to play in the slot this game, too, which makes him an even bigger threat.
The Dallas Cowboys return three Pro Bowl offensive lineman. It will be tough for Cleveland’s defense to penetrate and get to Romo.
I think the key to this game will be how the defense plays on both teams. Cleveland’s defense last year was one of the league’s worst. Have they found a way to improve? Can Greg Ellis and DeMarcus Ware get to Anderson? If they can, will he be able to avoid the pressure and throw deep to Braylon Edwards?
This game doesn’t have to be close, but it likely will. Both teams will come out of the gates a little scratchy, and it will really come down to whoever finishes the second half strong, wins.
The Dallas defense is better than Cleveland, and that could mean a real rough day for Anderson. But, the Cowboys middle and secondary still has questions marks, and they will really have to watch out for Jamal Lewis, a powerful runner who can break the game wide open for the Browns.
Neither of our passing games our in tip-totch shape with both dealing with injuries. This game could come down to a Marion Barber vs Jamal Lewis, a powerful matchup of strong runners with great potential. This will be a great game for Barber to show his stuff against a back who is just as good with similar running qualities.
Dallas should win. They are 4 point favorites. But playing in the DawgPound is never fun. It should be a fun game to watch.
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