The Dallas Cowboys, currently 2 and 3 and holding down the basement position in the NFC East division. Even though the Cowboys lost last week in a heart breaker in Baltimore, Maryland to the Baltimore Ravens, the Cowboys need to roll into Carolina holding on to that same momentum of fight and heart that they showed last week.
The Carolina Panthers will enter today’s game with a record of 1-4 tied for last place with the New Orleans Saints. The Panthers are coming off of a bye week and the Cowboys off of an almost win against Baltimore. Dallas may have lost the game last week but they dominated statistically a very good Baltimore team. The Cowboys need to continue to build upon the momentum they had last week in order to pull off a win against a young Panther’s team.
How to keep the momentum offensively is quite simple. The Cowboys need to continue to ground and pound as Carolina has struggled defensively against the run this season. The run game will not only assist in keeping the offensive on the field and the Panther’s defense on the field while tiring them out, the run game will help the Cowboys with the ever troublesome “clock management”. The Cowboys need to keep quarterback Tony Romo from having to make the “gunslinger” plays that so often get him in trouble. The Cowboys quite simply need to continue doing what they did in Baltimore offensively (aside from putting kicker Dan Bailey into a kick and a pray situation).
Keeping the momentum defensively is going to be a bit of a test. The Cowboys need to focus on Carolina wide receiver Steve Smith and quarterback Cam Newton’s “security blanket” in tight end Greg Olsen. The defense did well in keeping the run under control but they really need to step it up in the secondary so that they don’t get the long completions that Anquan Boldin was able to get in the second half of last weeks game. A well rounded defense that can get pressure on Cam Newton and keeping Newton in the pocket will service Dallas well in winning this game. Getting turnovers is going to be a huge key in winning this game. Dallas hasn’t been doing very well on the defensive side of the ball in creating turnovers and no better place to start than today. If the defense is kept off the field and get three and outs, Dallas will prevail in this game.
Momentum on special teams is basic. They cannot give up any big plays, especially a return for a touchdown. They need to tighten up their lanes and wrap up when tackling.
We are in week 7 and with the New York Giants rolling into Arlington next week, the Cowboys have to win this game and continue building upon the momentum otherwise look for good draft picks and a lot of changes coming. This game is a must win and it’s to the point where it is now or never. Hopefully the Cowboys who showed up last week show up again today.
With that being said, Cowboys win 21-14.