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    Cowboys vs. Broncos Week 9 Preview

    Halloween is over and the Cowboys escaped what could have been a ghoulish Halloween night, turning it into quite the treat with a -led victory over the . Now, as we move into November, the stakes start to get a little higher and each game starts to mean a little more, even though the Cowboys have a healthy divisional lead.

    But Dallas isn’t playing for just an East crown, they want the prized number 1 seed in the NFC. That all starts with a match-up against the Denver Broncos in this coming Sunday.

    The Broncos are 4-4 coming off a victory over the Washington Football Team, and they're struggling to keep their playoff hopes alive.

    The last time these two teams met it wasn’t pretty for Dak Prescott & Co. as the Broncos crushed the Cowboys in Mile High to the tune of 42-17. However, that was 4 years ago, and that is a lifetime in the NFL, so let’s take a look at this week's upcoming match-up and what Denver may have in store for the 6-1 Cowboys, who enter the game as 10-point favorites.

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    Denver is led by , who opened up this 2021 campaign on fire and had some people discussing if Teddy “Check-Down” had turned a new leaf. His yards per attempt and adjusted yards gained per pass attempt were 8.78 and 9.55, respectively, and he was leading an efficient Broncos to 25 points per game. In true Bridgewater form, he was excellent at protecting the football with zero interceptions in his first 3 games.

    However, since the end of week 3, the Broncos have surpassed 20 points only one time and Bridgewater has thrown 5 interceptions and lost one fumble. He also has not taken as many chances down the field since their 3-0 start garnering 6.46 YPA and 6.5 adjusted yards gained per pass attempt.

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    They also sport a dreadful EPA per play of just +.0003 since their 3-0 start.

    Denver will be with Jerry Jeudy this game as he returned from last week against Washington, giving him an additional weapon to go along with and Noah Fant. So, it’s not like the Broncos are devoid of weapons but they just can’t seem to click and get on the right page over the past few weeks.

    The Cowboys are no strangers to going up against elite pass-catching options this season as they've faced the likes of , , Chris Godwin, Keenan Allen, Mike Williams, and just last week and Adam Thielen. I have full confidence in this Cowboys to take advantage of the Broncos' sloppy offensive play and force Bridgewater into some more mistakes.

    We all know how ’ season is going, but the often-maligned , aside from his performance, is playing possibly the best ball of his career.

    According to PFF, Brown is the highest graded in man coverage this season with a 90.1 grade, and he has two interceptions to go along with that and one pick 6.

    Denver will be without starting Garett Bolles, which leaves a gaping hole on their line.

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    The way has been getting after the this season with five and 11 quarterback hits in his last four games could spell disaster for the Broncos offense, possibly starting a new turnover streak for the Cowboys, who ended their streak of forcing a turnover in every game this season last week against the Vikings.

    The Broncos have also been dreadful on 3rd downs converting just 34.64% of opportunities, and the Cowboys are coming off a game in which they allowed the Vikings to convert just 1 for 13 on third downs!

    On the offensive side of the ball, expect Dak Prescott to be back for the Cowboys as said he plans for Dak to be a “full go” on Thursday’s practice.

    could also be returning to action this Sunday against the Broncos, making this already explosive offense seem even more indefensible. Cooper and Lamb are both coming off 100 yard performances, the second time this year both of them have eclipsed the century mark in the same game.

    With Denver cornerback Bryce Callahan listed on the injury , that could pose problems for this already deflated Denver D who have recently let up big passing games to the likes of , , and Derek Carr.

    Furthermore, I can’t believe it took me this long to mention this, but the Broncos will be without star OLB as he has been traded to the Rams for multiple picks.

    Bradley Chubb is also questionable this week which could leave the severely lacking for the Broncos.

    One place where the Broncos do well is their rush defense, as they give up only 100.9 yards per game on the ground and at one time held the vaunted Ravens rushing attack to 102 yards, almost ending the Ravens' impressive ground streak of 100+ rushing yards or more.

    However, more recently they let D’Ernest Johnson lead the Browns without Chubb and Hunt to a 146-yard 1 touchdown performance. So, again, I think it’s safe to say the Cowboys can also beat the Broncos on the ground with the deadly combination of and .

    Overall, I think this Cowboys' offense should have no problem moving the ball on Sunday and putting points on the scoreboard. The Cowboys are clearly the better team from top to bottom and great teams dispose of inferior teams, and I expect the Cowboys will do just that come game day.

    Final Score:
    Cowboys 32 – Broncos 16

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    Kevin Rice
    Kevin Rice
    I'm a 32 year old life long Cowboys fan from New York. It's fun growing up in enemy territory. College basketball and March Madness fanatic. Lover of thrillers and comedies. Follow me on twitter @CowboysCC9

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    VAM

    Broncos have lost their last four out of five. After this weekend, it will be last five out of six. Unless Teddy somehow turns into Joe Montana, and we turn the ball over four or five times. Sounds cocky, but this team is just clicking better than we have seen in quite some time, IMO. Just too much O firepower and the D is elevating in the right direction.

    gary b

    Good chance we are favorites for the remainder of our games. Few people envisioned this version of the cowboys. Despite the injuries, alot of things breaking our way. But gotta keep our head down, take it one day at a time. Don’t listen to the chatter about how good we are. Keep working on improving.