I want to see if the Defense can continue the trend of taking the ball away early. My goodness if they can won’t that be nice? I am loving the attention to getting the football that I see so far. I want to see them keep that up, and the Cardinals can oblige that. Another quick takeaway may be all the koolaid I need to start drinking in the hope in 2013.
On the opposite spectrum from Dez versus Peterson I am always excited to see Larry Fitzgerald go against any quality Cornerback. We have two who can provide him a great matchup to watch. Fitz has great hands. Some of the best I have seen since probably Cris Carter. Whether he is matched up against Brandon Carr or Morris Claiborne I think it can be a great task. They go against Dez all week so they know what to do. Let’s see them do it with live bullets. Provided of course that the Cowboys do not hold Claiborne out because of his knee injury.
In other words there are some fun things to see in this game before the guys trying to make rosters take over the game. Even then it is fun to see their energy, hustle, and at times risk taking. Pre season football doesn’t count, but never tell me it doesn’t matter. A guy who makes an NFL 53 man roster can make $405 thousand per year. A guy who makes the Practice Squad can make $5700 per week. A full time job at Home Depot as an entry level employee…isn’t going to come close to that. So don’t tell me the games don’t matter. Of a 90 man Training Camp roster those games matter to up to 50 of those guys. You figure 40 guys have their roster spots all but guaranteed. That leaves 13 for the roster, 8 for the Practice Squad, and 37 applying to jobs like Home Depot and other good companies.
It should matter to Cowboys fans too. Above just about any other team, these games should matter to Cowboys fans. These games are where we’ve discovered the worth of a Miles Austin, a Barry Church, and a Tony Romo. These are the genesis of stepping stones for guys who are long shots, but driven. Who can be this year’s story? That should matter to Cowboys fans.