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 11: vs Denver Broncos: Sunday Night Football
The Cowboys will be coming off of a satisfying, comeback win over their Division Rivals right into the next game against the Denver Broncos. The Broncos will only be better with the addition of Wes Welker and rookies, and Dallas will be in a for a very tough game if they hope to win. Dallas will be 6-3, and while that seems comfortable, the Cowboys cannot afford to drop any games.
Tony Romo, DAL: Romo will have to show up big in this game if Dallas is going to win. Peyton Manning is one of the best QB’s to ever play the game, and the Broncos have a top 5 defense. Romo will be under pressure all night, and will not find many open receivers. Therefore, he will have to play at a higher level than average and show up for the team.
Von Miller, DEN: The Broncos defense lives off of getting good pressure up front, and with Elvis Dumervil out of town, Miller will have to take on a bigger role and provide even more pressure. Lucky for him, he will be lined up mostly on the right and will be playing either Doug Free or a rookie, or a free agent.
Quarter by Quarter:
Q1: The Broncos will start off with the ball and waste no time before starting to roll. Manning and the Broncos offense will march down the field, and the Cowboys defense will be stunned. Manning will go to the 10 yard line, before finding Welker wide open in the endzone and it will be 7-0 just like that. Dallas will come onto the field, trying to match the intensity, but their offense will be instantly killed after a 3 and out. The Broncos aren’t as fluid in the offense this time, and Welker drops a 3rd down pass as he is hit by Matt Johnson and the Cowboys get the punt. It still doesn’t do anything though, as the Broncos force another 3 and out. This time, the Broncos go on another long, successful drive, and end the first quarter by hitting on a field goal and taking a quick 10-0 lead.
Q2: The Cowboys will try to run more than 3 plays on the following drive, and will get to. The Cowboys drive to the 50 yard line, but Von Miller gets past the offensive line and strips Romo. The Broncos recover at the Cowboys 40, and it is already turning into a disaster for the Cowboys. The Broncos drive well, but Dallas gets a saving grace when Claiborne steps in front of a 20 yard would be TD to Demarius Thomas and brings it out to the 15 yard line. Romo, feeding off of the crowds momentum, drives well this time, and Dwyane Harris takes a 15 yard screen to the house, and Dallas is finally on the board, trailing 10-7. The Broncos are completely unfazed though and drive immediately to the Cowboys 20. But a sack from DeMarcus Ware followed by a complementary one from Spencer force the field goal and the Broncos only get 3, increasing their lead 13-7. The Cowboys will want to score before the half is over, but it will be a short lived dream when Dallas has to punt from their own 35. The Broncos have the ball and take a slow drive, using timeouts to the Cowboys 30. Right before the half ends, they get a 47 yard field goal in, and take a nice 16-7 lead at halftime.
Q3: The Cowboys will need an offensive explosion to break through so they can finally pull themselves back into it. It will not start off well when Romo throws a pick to Champ Bailey and the Broncos take the field at their own 40. The defense locks down though, and doesn’t allow Manning to do anything. The Cowboys and Broncos trade punts until Dwayne Harris steps up, taking a punt from the Cowboys 30 all the way to the endzone, and Dallas closes the lead 16-14 going into the final quarter.
Q4: The Broncos, holding a thin lead, will want a good drive. It will be just that, as Sean Lee gets injured and leaves (concussion) and the Broncos are able to shove the ball up the middle consistently. A long drive gets close to the endzone, and on 4th and 1, the Broncos decide to go for it from the Cowboys 30. A play action pass catches Dallas completely off guard and they cannot react fast enough and Manning gets out a 30 yard TD to Welker. The Broncos go for 2 and convert on a pass from Manning to Dreessen. The Broncos have a 24-14 lead with 8 minutes left. The Cowboys step on the field, looking for another 4th quarter comeback after being beaten up all game. Romo does a good job negotiating his way through the defense, but on 3rd and 10 from the Broncos 35, Von Miller gets around and brings Romo down at the Cowboys 40. With a 4th and 15, Jason Garrett elects to go for the 57 yard field goal. It looks like it may go, but curves a foot to the left and bounces off the post. The Cowboys know they have essentially lost the game. The Broncos drive and just kick one last field goal to take a 27-14 lead, with just 2 minutes to go. Romo still plays, moving the ball easily, but Dallas can’t convert on a 4th and 5, and the Broncos run out the clock.
Final Score: Denver Broncos 27, Dallas Cowboys 14
Romo: 20/34, 215 yards, 1 TD
Murray: 15 rush, 50 yards
Bryant: 3 rec, 30 yards
Witten: 5 rec, 70 yards
Ware: 3 tackles, 1 sack
Manning: 32/45, 400 yards, 2 TD
Miller: 6 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 FF