I just hope the Cowboys’ team isn't feeling as satisfied with the Philly win as the Cowboys’ fans are. They’re starting to get some accolades in the media now and they may lose that chip they’ve had on their shoulder. This is the time when paying extra attention in the film room and at practice becomes harder to do. You have to stay focused throughout the week in this league; almost pissed. Are the Cowboys about to take their next opponent too lightly? The Cowboys have really owned the Packers for the past couple of decades (just look at Favre’s lifetime record of 0-10 at Texas Stadium), and last year the Cowboys won at Lambeau for the first time ever; are the Packers overdue?
Wade’s defensive game plan for the Eagles last Sunday was brilliant; he forced them to go the length of the field with every possession, and the Eagles at this juncture live and die by the big play. His efforts were helped by an offense that didn’t force anything and a special team’s unit that kept the Eagles from making big plays in that phase of the game as well. Will he enforce a similar stagey against the Packers?
On the surface it would seem that yes this is the prudent way to defend this Sunday’s opponent but unlike Philly, the Packers have demonstrated an ability to produce long scoring drives. Just look at their latest outing with the Vikings for a couple examples of this. Honestly I think Wade can afford to be a little more aggressive in this game; considering his front 7 faces a heavily depleted offensive line. Will we see an exact blue print of the Eagles strategy this weekend or will Wade throw out a couple of wrinkles?
Garrett was equally brilliant last Sunday. His use of Olgetree, and the bubble screen to counter the Eagle blitzes was an outstanding surprise. Throw in a couple of appearances by Choice running the Razorback and he seemed to have the Eagles defense confused during the games most crucial drives. Overall he did the best job I’ve seen him do yet of designing and calling plays to offset the blitz. His patient strategy was the perfect complement to Wade’s and as a team this was the most cohesive effort I’ve seen from the Cowboys in a long time (perhaps since 1993). Against Green Bay, he will not have to focus as much on the Blitz as the they do not do at as much nor are they anywhere near as good as it as the Eagles are.
The Packers best pass defense is to go with a 7 man front and if they start this way will Garrett be willing to run the ball more and give them a heavy dose of the 3-headed-monster? Last year both Miles and Felix burned the Packers for big TD’s to break open an otherwise close game. My guess is that the Packers will attempt to make the Cowboys execute long sustained drives this weekend (attempting to give the ‘boys a taste of their own medicine) which could mean that the big plays may not come from the typical big play guys. Is this perhaps the weekend that Roy comes up big? Or will we perhaps see multiple touchdown dances from the Barbarian?
Since Romo became the QB of the Cowboys their record in the month of November has been a staggering, 13-2 (including 2009 thus far). With Redskins and Raiders still left on their November schedule the Cowboys should be heading towards yet another winning record in the 11th month of the year, (of course the dark cold days of December still lay ahead but that’s a story for another day).