Expectations Once Again Sky High in the Metroplex

On today's NFL preview, we look at the Dallas Cowboys, a team I am familiar with as my Denver Broncos just played them Thursday evening. 

The Cowboys bring a lot of excellence to the table and, much like the Broncos when they were coached by Wade Phillips, performed according to the caliber of their coach. In other words, Phillips, who is generally laissez-faire and lackadaisical as a head coach, rubbed off on the Cowboys, thus causing them to start horrendously and while they finished 2010 with a flurry, they were already out of postseason contention when they came around.

An injury to Tony Romo didn't help matters last season but the public-eye inundated signal caller brings a solid resume to the table having tossed for 118 touchdowns and 62 interceptions in his career thus far while completing just over 64 percent of his passes for 16,650 yards.

Obviously, Felix Jones will be the home run back in the Dallas attack again while Tashard Choice should remain a reliable second option.

Miles Austin and Dez Bryant should also remain a solid targets for Romo along with tight end Jason Witten, but I must confess I am hoping for Tyson Poots to do well and make the team, as he and I are both proud alums of Southern Utah University.

Defensively, I expect to see Jay Ratliff and DeMarcus Ware continuing to raise havoc for opposing offenses while other veterans such as Keith Brooking and Terence Newman should still have plenty of good football left in them.

Overall, while I think my Broncos got the best of the Cowboys when both starting units were out, it's obvious both teams were putting forth vanilla gameplans so Dallas is probably much better than they showed. I imagine the Cowboys will battle the Eagles and Giants for the NFC East crown while Washington seems to be a little behind the pack, notwithstanding their win over Pittsburgh Friday.

When you play in a stadium like the Jerrydome and have acclaim from coast to coast, it's playoffs or bust, so if nothing else, the Cowboys should provide plenty of compelling theater as is customary.

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