Every week of the NFL regular season, we ask all of The Landry Hat writers and contributors to submit their picks and predictions for the upcoming Dallas Cowboy game. This week, we asked our experts for their predictions for Sunday’s game between our Cowboys and the Cleveland Browns.
Steven Mullenax, Editor & Head Writer: I think this game comes down to two basic statements: One, Dallas’ offense (ranked 12th in the NFL) is greater than Cleveland’s defense (ranked 22nd). And two, Dallas’ defense (ranked 7th) is greater than Cleveland’s offense (ranked 29th). Although the term “trap game” hangs in the air and the Browns are coming off a bye-week, Mr. November is starting to put it together on offense. I expect Tony Romo to have a stellar game and extend his winning streak. And Rob Ryan’s defense should have a chance to double their current total of interceptions/turnovers. Dallas wins big at home, despite zero home field advantage: Cowboys 38, Browns 17.
Steven Phillips, Senior Writer: A win in Philadelphia was exactly was the Dallas Cowboys needed to get some confidence back and get back on track. They’re not out in the clearing yet as they face the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. Their record doesn’t show it, but they can be a headache for opponents. Cowboys win in a tight one 24-21.
Alex Young, Staff Writer: The Cowboys begin a season-defining three game homestand this weekend, that could vault them to 7-5 or sink any playoff hopes. First up, the Cleveland Browns. On paper, this looks like an easy win, but Dallas has played miserably at home this season and with all the injuries on defense, this could definitely be a trap game. Rookie running back Trent Richardson could be a thorn in the Cowboys side all day if they can’t stop him. The Dallas offense will need a running game against the 27th ranked Browns and hopefully DeMarco Murray will be back to provide that. Dallas prevails, but not in blowout fashion. Cowboys 24, Browns 16.
Jeff Federspiel, Staff Writer: The Cowboys matchup with Cleveland might appear to be an automatic W at first glance, but we can never be entirely sure which Cowboys team is going to show up on any given Sunday. The Cowboys continue to play ‘must win’ games if they have any hope of reigniting their playoff chances. The Cowboys do just enough to come away with a win here, but I don’t think it will be as pretty as we would like. Cowboys 21, Browns 17.
Todd Toombs, Senior Writer: No excuse whatsoever for losing this one. You’re at home coming off a big divisional win and poised to pull within one game of the division-leading Giants. You’re playing a 2-7 team with a rookie quarterback. The Cowboys HAVE to bring home the win and keep the momentum going. Cowboys 24, Browns 10.
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