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    Dallas Cowboys @ Denver Bronco’s: Keys To The Game

    A Joke? A Pretender? That’s what about half of the experts have said about the Denver Bronco’s. Well the Cowboys are about to find out for sure. In Denver’s first actual test throughout the season, they meet a team that faces the same media analysis as they do. This game has the makings of an epic battle, and I believe we’ll see one.

    The Cowboys travel to Denver to meet an ranked 14th in the league. Offering a potent headed up by Correll Buckhalter and Knowshon Moreno, and a passing attack that offers one of the best receivers in the league. Their is even better, the Cowboys will be reunited with Brian Dawkins, Elvis Dumervil, and Champ Bailey who will all be looking to turn this game into an onslaught.

    The Cowboys bring their NFL best rushing attack against an NFL defense that is ranked 1st in points allowed and 7th in rushing yards per game (78.3). However, the Cowboys can gameplan for this attack, and this is how they should do it:

    1) Rattle Orton- isn’t actually Mr. Perfect. He isn’t accurate and he isn’t strong. If the Cowboy’s rush can knock him down and sack him a couple times early, he’ll be throwing more quickly to avoid DeMarcus and Company, which equals poor throws.

    2) Contain The Middle Of The Field Defensively- is a strong receiver who loves the middle of the field. We need to stop him from getting there and making big plays and first downs.

    3) Cover The Slot- Brandon Stokley has had a pretty good season thus far, and is becoming a common target for Orton. It’ll be up to Scandrick and the Linebackers to make sure he doesn’t break out.

    4) Protect Romo- Elvis Dumervil will be coming after Romo all day, which means Flo needs to have his A game. Romo will need the time to transform into the field general he was last week against Carolina.

    5) Run! Run! Run!- The Cowboys need to embrace their new philosophy. The running game should prove effective, and the more we do it the better it will be. Consistent runs set up for Play Action which Romo is incredible at. If we can establish the run game, expect the air attack to open up perfectly.

    Watch:

    Dallas

    Curtis Johnson, Hamstring- Out

    , Knee- Out

    , Shoulder- Probable

    , Thigh- Probable

    , Neck- Probable

    Jason Williams, Ankle- Probable

    Denver

    Spener Larsen, Shoulder- Out

    Ben Hamilton, Hamstring- Doubtful

    Alphoso Smith, Ankle- Doubtful

    Ryan Harris, Shoulder- Questionable

    Brandon Stokley, Thigh- Questionable

    Peyton Hillis, Head- Probable

    Kenny McKinley, Illness- Probable


    Prediction:

    This game will be tough. It should stay close but I expect the Cowboys to prevail in the second half.

    Dallas 31 Denver 17


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    Bo Martin
    Bo Martin
    Former Sports Writer. Veteran. Serving veterans is my passion. Johns Hopkins Student. Enjoy Discussing Politics and sports!

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    Dallas Cowboys Classifieds

    The Dallas defense will do it’s job, as long as, the Dallas offense does it’s job. If the Cowboys can keep the ball on the ground, and Away from Tony Romo, we should be ok. Unfortunately, with Barber and Jones all gimped up, that puts everything on Choice who, while a great running back, has yet to have his stamina tested in four full quarters. Still, it’s not likely the Broncos will be watching for him so, we shall see.

    Tay

    Classifieds,

    “Unfortunately, with Barber and Jones all gimped up, that puts everything on Choice who, while a great running back, has yet to have his stamina tested in four full quarters.”

    I guess you missed Choice against the Steelers last season, huh. Stamina not tested for four full quarters, he was essentially our whole offense down the stretsh last season. Get your head in the game!!!

    Dallas Cowboys Classifieds

    Your right, my mistake. Wasn’t thinking about last year. Yet, and before you say I wasn’t thinking.. I still say the key is to keep the ball away from Romo as you cannot argue that Tony is less proven (or has proven less), than Tashard Choice.