Cowboys VS Browns: It’s A Trap!

Okay, I know that technically the Dallas Cowboys have not played well enough this season to qualify for a “trap game” since it typically consists of an exceptionally good team overlooking and underestimating a poor team. 

Nov 11, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) makes a catch as Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (23) defends to score a touchdown during the third quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE

In fact, a couple of times in the first half of this season, Dallas could have qualified as the poor team in a trap game scenario.

The reason I bring it up is because the Cowboys have a tendency to raise and lower their game to the level of whatever opponent they are facing.  They have regularly risen to the occasion and defeated or almost defeated nearly every playoff caliber team they have faced, but bring in a team that we beat statistically in every aspect of the game, and it’s send in the clowns.

This simply comes down to allowing our opponents to set the tempo and ultimately control the game.  This is why I do not understand Garrett not unleashing the aggressive no huddle offense we have seen run out of time in 2nd half comebacks several times this season.

Nov 11, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) adjusts coverage during the second quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE

What better way for us to set the pace early in the game?  What better way for us to make a statement?  I feel I don’t have any room to complain as we somewhat handily defeated the Eagles last Sunday, but we have our defense and special teams to thank for that.  Our offense simply did not win the game.

Coming out aggressively with our offense could hopefully give our defense a much deserved and much needed break.  We could jump ahead with a few early scores and play the second half conservatively, instead of fighting the clock for a 4th quarter come from behind victory.  Wouldn’t it be nice to have a comfortable lead?  Can anyone remember the last time that happened?

I also believe in some situations the less time Romo has to think, the better.  I don’t mean that to be an insult, I just believe Tony is more of a move and react type of guy.

November 11, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Dallas Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr (39) reacts after returning an interception for a touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles during the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. The Cowboys defeated the Eagles 38-23. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-US PRESSWIRE

I was excited to see us win the turnover battle last week, something we fail to do on a regular basis.  I can’t quite figure out what our problem is with turnovers.  We’ve been causing them; we just haven’t been capitalizing on them.  I have sat on my couch, hair tightly clenched in hands, watching our players run past or miss grabbing a loose ball on the ground.  I have seen so many passes bounce off our opponent’s receiver’s hands, only for us not to have anyone in position to intercept it.

At 2-7, the Browns are truly a bad team.  But as I was saying earlier, that is one of the scariest kinds of team for us to play.  Will we fall victim to the same blooper reel of highlights we have been compiling all season, or will we come out aggressively and control our own destiny?

Topics: Dallas Cowboys, Gameday, Offense

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