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Cowboys Wishlist: Survive Aaron Donald

As the host the at , they'll be looking for their seventh win of the year and their first against a team with a winning record. Both teams haven't been what they were expected to back in September, but both have life when it comes to making the in January.

Welcome to this week's edition of !

Wish #1: Just Tackle!

The Cowboys might be trying to do too much due to their lack of takeaways. Last week, the Bears were able to look like a super despite being a bad unit all season long. The biggest reason why was the poor job the Cowboys did tackling.

In fact, they managed to get a record. No other team in the has missed 19 tackles in a single game.

Playing against the team that ran for 273 yards against them in January, they need to better. Way better. Specially as the Rams seem to be finally clicking offensively after a slow start to the season.

Wish #2: Survive Aaron Donald

The Cowboys has been solid this year, but they face the best defensive player in football today. Lining up at DT, continues to be incredibly dominant in the trenches. As we know, is out for the season after tearing his ACL a few weeks ago, which means Xavier Su'a-Filo will be the one who will need to step up.

It'll be a huge challenge for the offensive line and for when Donald manages to wreak havoc and disrupt the pocket.

I wonder where Donald will be lining up, but I'd be surprised if the Rams don't try to attack Xavier Su'a-Filo all game.

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Wish #3: Contain Rams RB Todd Gurley

has been far from the we knew a couple of years ago. However, he's been playing solid football lately. Versus the , he put together a 79-yard performance on 23 carries while adding another 34 in the .

The Cowboys will be playing without and with a banged-up that hasn't practiced all week (if he plays at all). It won't be easy, but the Cowboys need to figure out a way to stop the Rams' attack underneath.

Wish #4: Have a Get-Right Game

It's been a surprisingly tough season for a Cowboys team that began the season 3-0 and with expectations. Since playing the , though, the Cowboys are 3-7. They don't desperately need a win against the Rams because the doesn't have a winning team. Their chances of winning the division are not in danger. However, they need this win to inject life into what seems to be a broken team.

The division title aside, beating a winning team for the first time in the year would be huge for a unit that has raised many, many doubts.

Mauricio Rodriguez
Mauricio Rodriguez
I love to write, I love football and I love the Dallas Cowboys. I've been rooting for America's team all the way from Mexico ever since I can remember. If you want to talk football, I'm in... You'll find me at @MauNFL.

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