It’s about time. Bye weeks have to be one of the dumbest things about a football season. Well that’s just from a fans perspective. Actually, it may be just what the doctor ordered for this Cowboys team.
Going into a game against a very tough Ravens team a bye week could serve well. It provides plenty of time for the players to get healthy and rested up, it allows an extra week for guys like Jay Ratliff to get at 100% (because we really need him). And if nothing else it allows for the last games embarrassment to fall out of the back of everybody’s mind.
Four weeks into the season I think we were all expecting much better. Unfortunately it looks like we’re seeing the same story repeat itself.
It seems like a lot of people are already writing this game off as a loss. Let’s look at it from this perspective.
The Ravens are the cream of the crop. They have a stalwart defense that might be more reliable than the Hoover Dam, a running back in Ray Rice that nobody would dare underestimate. They also have very physical receivers and a quarterback that doesn’t get a whole lot of credit but to me his resume’ says plenty.
Sounds like a good team right? They definitely are and they are definitely going to come to play. The thing here is that the Cowboys are more than capable of beating the Ravens on paper, but we haven’t seen that potential come out all season except for in the debut against the Giants.
Like I said earlier the bye week is going to do wonders for this team but it’s going to take more than that to beat Ray Lewis and his posse in Baltimore.
Here are just a few things that need to happen for the cowboys to walk away with a win. We all know the obvious things like getting Demarco Murray and the run game back on track or
This is going to be the first key but I also feel like it could be the most important. One of the reasons the Cowboys never got going in Seattle was due to the crowd noise. I think many people forget how much a crowd plays to the momentum of the home team. If the Boys can take the crowd out of the game early then they can set the tone of the game.
My second point goes hand in hand with the first. The offense has to get going fast. There won’t be any time for a slow start. The defense did get trashed against Chicago but I wonder how much of that was due to no offensive production. In my opinion Miles Austin has been pretty reliable this season and needs to be fed more.
Execution is the third step. There will be no room for dropped balls or missed blocks. Don’t think Ed Reed hasn’t been dreaming about tip drills of the hands of Dez Bryant all week or that Ray Lewis isn’t looking to play the part of Drano against an already leaky offensive line. This game leaves no room for mistakes. The Cowboys had plenty of potential drives against the Bears that all ended because somebody blew an assignment or made a critical mistake.
Lastly, Jason Garrett cannot be outcoached. That’s right I’m calling the coach out. I still believe he can get it done but it’s time he showed it. Baltimore is preparing for a route so he cannot go in with the same weak game plan.
This might be the toughest challenge yet and on the heels of an embarrassing loss this one could be the knockout blow or the mojo rejuvenator the Boys will need.
Get ready Cowboys nation it’s going to be a good one.