Sep 29, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant (88) scores during the second quarter against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Cowboys Face Biggest Challenge Yet Against Denver

There’s a lot to be concerned about for the Cowboys this Sunday.  Despite the fact that it is our turn to win in the win one-lose one pattern we have developed, and that we have won every home game so far.

Sep 29, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) walks off the field after at the end of a 30-21 loss to the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

The Broncos are 4-0 right now, and are coming off a franchise high 52 point game last week.  Denver has scored 179 points this season, for an average of 45 points a game.  Dallas, on the other hand, has only scored 104 points for an average of 26 a game.

Many games this season have come down to who wins out in the turnover ratio.  The Cowboys have the edge here with a 5-8 ratio compared to Denver’s 5-6.

The Broncos have a total of 1,934 yards offensively, for an average of 484 yards a game.  The Cowboys have a total of 1,362 yards for an average of 341.

So, on paper it doesn’t look very encouraging.  Fortunately, there are always intangibles where football is concerned, and the Cowboys are the kind of team you can never count out.

I really feel optimistic going into games that we are expected to lose.  The truth is that we perform better as underdogs.  There is something about being counted out that takes the pressure off, and with that lack of pressure, we see what this team is really capable of.

It always seems to be the games we are expected to win that we screw up.  Maybe that’s what Jimmy Johnson meant when he said the Cowboys suffer from “optimistic infection”.  We come into games against weak opponents and shoot ourselves in the foot, then go out in games against the NFL’s best and shock the league with amazing play.

Maybe Johnson is right.  It’s almost as though we only prepare for games against our stronger opponents, perhaps being cocky and lackadaisical in our preparation for weaker ones.

It’s hard to know what to expect from this team week to week, but after last Sunday’s disappointing loss and realizing the tough team we face today, I absolutely expect the Cowboys to be prepared.

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