Dec 20, 2008; Irving, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten (82) catches a touchdown pass against the Baltimore Ravens at Texas Stadium. Baltimore beat Dallas 33-24. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-US PRESSWIRE

Dallas Cowboys Season Predictions Vol 2

Last week, we left the Cowboys after the first 4 games of the season with an astonishing record of 4-0.  The players who needed to step up have stepped up, and this team is rolling. Will our success continue?  Find out after the break.
October 14, Cowboys @ Ravens:

What better way to setup a tough road game against a Super Bowl contender than a bye week?  The Cowboys,  with fresh legs, come out in force against the Ravens.  Terrell Suggs still isn’t in the lineup, and Jason Garrett targets the rookie, Courtney Upshaw, as the weakest link.  The Cowboys are able to run off tackle with astonishing efficiency for the first half of the game until John Harbaugh gives Upshaw some extra help.  Murray is hacking away at the amazing Baltimore defense with tough yards, and by the start of the 4th quarter already has 25 carries, 140 yards, and 2 touchdowns.  Even with the running efficiency, the Cowboys only have a three point lead.  In the waning moments of the 4th quarter, Murray is spent, and Felix Jones is called up to close out this game. 1st and 2nd down, and Felix gets nothing.  3rd down; instead of calling conservative and forcing the Ravens to spend their last timeout, Romo audibles a quick slant to Dez Bryant, and he truck-sticks Ed Reed to setup 1st down, and seals the win for the Cowboys, 17 -14.

October 21, Cowboys @ Panthers:
Cam Newtom has continued his excellent rookie season, and his combination of speed and accuracy is too much for the Cowboys secondary.  This game is a shootout, with both Romo and Newton picking up massive yards with their legs.  The game comes down to the 2 minute drill and the familiar feeling of despair as we watch our Cowboys lineup against a terrific offense.  Claiborne is beaten by veteran WR Steve Smith, and the Cowboys lose their first game of the season on a long TD pass to seal the game, 28-35.

October 28, Cowboys Vs Giants:
Rematch.  Last time these two teams met, the Cowboys strolled out of New Meadowlands stadium as the leader in the NFC East.  This time, Hakeem Nicks is back at 100% from his foot injury, and the Giants are ready to inact revenge.  Sean Lee starts the game off by picking off an underneath pass to Martellus Bennet and running it all the way to the 1 yard line. Murray punches it in three plays later.  Unfortunately for the Cowboys, that was the last mistake that Eli would make the entire night as he torches the Cowboys for 300 yards.  The good news is that Romo is just as on fire.  The game comes down to yet another 2 minute drill, but this time Morris Claiborne shows why he was the top defensive player in the draft as he outplays Hakeem Nicks for the ball, and intercepts with 15 seconds left.  A 55 yard Dan Bailey field goal is wide right (his first miss of the year) and the game goes into OT.  The Giants win the toss and march down the field, only to settle for a field goal.  Cowboys fans panic at first, thinking the game is lost, but then realize that the rule change gives the Cowboys a shot as well.  Romo shows reason why he should be considered a top 5 QB as he eludes the devastating Giants pass rush on almost every play, threading the football on needles and hitting 6 different receivers on 6 consecutive completions.  The straw that broke the Giants back was a back shoulder fade on the goal line to Dez Bryant which he hauls in for the game winning touchdown.  Cowboys win 27-24.

November 4, Cowboys @ Falcons
Prime time isn’t kind to the Cowboys, and nothing seems to go right for the Cowboys.  A blocked punt on the Cowboys first possession leads to 7 points without Matty Ice and his crew evening having to strap on chin straps.  The Falcons offense puts up a formidable fight against the Cowboys, but still can only manage 14 points.  Romo throws for over 400 yards and three touchdowns, but sadly the Cowboys special teams let them down and give up a kickoff return for a touchdown.  The Cowboys leave Atlanta at the halfway point of the season sitting at 6-2, and in the lead for the NFC East as they lose to the Falcons, 21-28.

How do you think the Cowboys will fare through the first half of the season?

 

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