Looking Ahead: Cowboys 2013 Week 3

During the 2012 season, I continuously made "previews" for the Cowboys games each week. It was a very detailed story pretty much, where I basically went through the entire game by quarter, "predicting" what would happen. Now, before the draft or free agency is even complete, I will do that for every game on the schedule right now. Granted, this fake preview is probably not accurate in the least. I have no idea how rookies and other free agent signing will impact the games. However unrealistic and detailed beyond belief this is, it is not a real preview, but it is just fun to pretend I have been to the future and seen these games.


Week 1: @ New Orleans

Week 2: vs St. Louis

Week 3: @ Detroit

Week 4: vs Green Bay

Week 5: @Philadelphia

Week 6: BYE

Week 7: @ Kansas

Week 8: vs Minnesota

Week 9: @ New York (Giants)

Week 10: vs Washington

Week 11: vs Denver

Week 12: @ San Diego

Week 13: vs Philadelphia

Week 14: vs New York (Giants)

Week 15: vs Oakland

Week 16: @ Washington

Week 17: @ Chicago

Week 3: @ Detroit Lions

The Cowboys will be enjoying a good 2-0 start filled with plenty of offense. Their next opponent will be the Detroit Lions in Michigan. This game may not mean a whole lot in terms of season impact since it is only week 3, but to the Cowboys, this game means a lot in terms of pride. The last time these two teams played, the cowboys blew a 24 point 3rd quarter lead en route to a heartwrenching loss. The Cowboys will try to make amends and get their revenge, but it won’t be easy. They will be in hostile territory, facing the games best wide reciever. This should be a great game, featuring the leagues two best pass catchers.

Key Players:

Dez Bryant, DAL: Bryant is once again a key to this game. It is very hard to win against Detroit when the opposing team doesn’t have a reciever to match Calvin Johnson. Fortunately for the Cowboys, they have the second best receiver of the game to go head to head. Bryant will need to have a big game and show the Cowboys and fans that he can consistently continue his success from the first two weeks.

Brandon Carr, DAL: Brandon Carr will likely be responsible for keeping Megatron contained. The Lions offense flows through Calvin Johnson, and if Johnson can be stopped, so can the Lions. Carr had success the last time he faced off against Johnson, keeping him at just 3 receptions, but 2 were for TD’s. Carr needs to have a big game to allow the offense to relax a little bit.

Quarter by Quarter:

Q1: The Lions will receive the opening kickoff. The game will start very well for Dallas, who will stuff the first run and not allow a completion by Matt Stafford to force an early 3 and out. Dwayne Harris will get a good punt, putting Dallas just a few yards out of field goal range. Dallas will drive well, hitting Bryant for the first down, and within a few plays, stand 10 yards from the endzone. However, the Lions D will lock down and not allow the TD. The Cowboys will take a 3-0 lead. The Lions will then begin their own good drive. But inside the Cowboys 30, a crucial fumble gives the ball back to Dallas, saving a score. Dallas is able to drive well again, but forced to another field goal. 6-0, Dallas. The Lions will try to take some control on the nest drive, taking it to midfield before the quarter ends. The Lions will start off good on the next few plays, before a 10 yard run puts the ball into the endzone and the Lions take a 6-7 lead. Dallas will not feel very good about that though, driving quickly on the next possession to the 5 yard line before Romo finds and opening and runs the ball into the endzone for a TD. 13-6.

Q2: The Lions will get the ball, trying to play a better defensive quarter after allowing a score on every Dallas possession of the first period, totaling 13 points. Stafford will find receivers not named Calvin Johnson more often and go down for a field goal to make it 13-10. Romo will not be successful in leading the Cowboys anywhere on the next drive and will have to punt. But on the Lions first snap, Ware gets to Stafford from behind and knocks the ball loose. Jay Ratliff secures and Dallas will have the ball at the opposite 20. Romo will take advantage, leading Dallas to the goal line before Murray rumbles in to make it 20-10. The teams trade punts throughout the rest of the quarter, but a big play by Miles Austin puts Dallas in position to get a field goal right before half time, taking a 23-10 lead.

Q3: The Cowboys will start with the ball in the third quarter. Dallas chops the Detroit defense and Romo is able to find Dwayne Harris in the endzone on the first drive to take a dominant 30-10 lead. The Lions will be looking for their 2011 magic, but Stafford will force a pass to Johnson, which will be intercepted by Carr for a nice return. Murray runs 3 times and can’t get the first down, but Dan Bailey hits a career high 54 yard field goal and Dallas has a pillow, with a 33-10 lead halfway through the third. The Lions get the ball, and after an ugly drive, only come up with a field goal, 33-13. Dallas runs the clock down to the 4th quarter.

Q4: The Lions will be looking for a miracle comeback with 15 minutes left, down by 20. It will not be helped very much as Romo continues to kill the defense through the air, resulting in multiple first downs. He is eventually sacked on third down, and instead of going for a 55 yard field goal, Dallas punts, putting the Lions at the 5 yard line. After 2 incomplete passes, Stafford drops back into the endzone. It turns out to be a bad decision, as Anthony Spencer strip sacks Stafford and recovers the fumble in the endzone to all but end the game, Dallas leading 40-13. The Lions come out on the next drive and don’t get the first down. With no point in even going for the first down, they punt. Kyle Orton comes out now, and Romo is done for the day. Orton gets a few first downs, then Dallas goes for it on 3rd down from the redzone. Dallas doesn’t get it, but the Lions starters are off the field as well. After a backup led drive to the Cowboys 40, Sean Lissemore tips a ball and Ernie Sims intercepts it with 3 minutes left. The Cowboys backups get the first down and drain the rest of the clock.

Final Score: Dallas Cowboys 40, Detroit Lions 13


Romo: 27/35, 375 yards, 1 TD

Orton: 7/10, 75 yards

Murray: 23 rush, 155 yards, TD

Witten: 11 rec, 99 yards

Bryant: 5 rec, 60 yards

Austin: 5 rec, 90 yards

Harris: 3 rec, 40 yards, TD

Ware: 8 tackles, 1 sack

Spencer: 12 tackles, 1 sack, 1 TD

Claiborne: 2 tackles, 3 passes defended

Carr: 4 tackles, 1 pass defended, 1 INT

Sims: 1 tackles, 1 INT

Stafford: 13/35, 120 yards, 2 INT, 2 Fumble

RB(unknown): 10 rush, 50 yards, TD

Johnson: 4 rec, 70 yards

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