Dallas Cowboys have become a hot topic around the NFL these days, but not for a good reason. Their constant errors and losses have produced discomforting headlines around the NFL world. Thus far the speculation that the Cowboys will make a roster move during their time off has amounted to nothing more than a special teams and practice squad move. Hence, the Cowboys decided to sign running back Lance Dunbar from their practice squad and added a familiar face, Raymond Radway, to the practice squad. At this point in time, the decision to stay on the safe side and not make any drastic change ups can either make or break the Cowboys.
To make any major moves during a bye week is rare; instead the Cowboys seem to
be relying on returning players to give them that extra push on both defense and offense. Starting center Phil Costa is likely set to return this Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens. His status is still being evaluated but his return to practice is a sign he’s back on track and ready to return. As for Jay Ratliff his homecoming is all but locked in for Sunday’s game, the four time Pro Bowler is set to return after not playing the first four games of the season due to a high ankle sprain he suffered in the third preseason game.
Jay Ratliff’s arrival should add a better pass rush for the defense, while Phil Costas return should add more pass protection for Tony Romo. Realistically speaking, the return of these players may not be enough to push this team past the Baltimore Ravens with a win. This game will be the determining factor if the Cowboys have what it takes to turn this season around. If they manage to beat the Ravens at home it could push this desperate Dallas team in a positive direction. The momentum they can gain from a victory on Sunday should give them the much needed boost to push them past the Carolina Panthers in the following week.
All in all, it’s a fact that the Cowboys have been unreliable since the 2011 season, and so far this season they have successfully remained defective. The Cowboys have failed to produce and unless they turn it around within the next few games, they will be headed for nothing more than an 8-8 finish yet again. I can see the Cowboys squeezing out a victory this Sunday, but with the way things are heading they will need a more promising victory to boost their confidence for the following weeks to come.