Looking Ahead: Cowboys 2013 Week 12

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 12: @ San Diego Chargers

The Cowboys will go into San Diego, coming off a disappointing loss to the Broncos. The Cowboys will have to put that behind them and get back on track. While a 6-4 record will be an improvement on the mark they were at the same time last year, they will be far from playoffs. With a competitive division, this will be a game the Cowboys cannot afford to drop.

Key Players:

Sean Lee, DAL: The Chargers should be featuring Ryan Matthews, and while he isn’t a superstar, he is a player that can be sneaky and have a huge game and be a killer. Sean Lee will have to fire the big guns all day against Matthews, or the Chargers offense could be in to make a feast of this defense.

Phillip Rivers, DAL: Rivers is going to have to have a huge game against this Dallas secondary if the Chargers hope to win. Vincent Jackson is out of town now, and the Chargers don’t have a feature wide receiver. The defense is also no spectacle, so Rivers will have to shoulder the weight of the teams other weaknesses and have a big game to make up for the shortcomings.

Quarter By Quarter:

Q1: The Chargers will start off slow, returning the first kickoff. Both teams will take average looking drives and keep punting. There will be no score, big play, or turnover in the first quarter, and it will end with the Chargers in possession at the Cowboys 30.

Q2: The Chargers will be quick from there, driving to the 10 with ease. Antonio Gates will take a short carry to the endzone and score the first points as San Diego goes up 7-0. Dallas will come onto the field, but will not be able to do anything. In a scary looking play on third down. Melvin Ingram will destroy Romo from the front. Romo will suffer a concussion and will be done for the game. The Chargers offense will not do anything on the next drive, and both teams will again continue to punt. With 3 minutes left, Dallas will punt, but Eddie Royal will toast the punt coverage and take one 80 yards to the endzone, and the Chagers increase the lead, 14-0. The Cowboys are unable to do anything in the rest of the half, and the second period ends, Dallas trailing 14-0.

Q3: Dallas will start off with the ball in the second half. They will make it a game again, as DeMarco Murray carries it down on a few runs and an Orton to Murray screen makes it 14-7. The Chargers offense responds quickly by taking a nice looking drive to the 30, before being stopped on 3rd down. No matter though, as the Chargers are still able to get a field goal and maintain a lead, 17-7. Orton will mess up on the next drive, throwing a pick 6 on the first play. Dallas will go down 24-7, and with Orton at the helm, that will basically be the death knell in a very disappointing game for Dallas. The Chargers and Cowboys will both end the quarter with no more scores.

Q4: Dallas will start with the ball at the Chargers 10. Dez Bryant will reenact his 2012 preseason near-miracle catch, making a spectacular grab in the back of the endzone for a TD. Dallas will pull to within 10. The Chargers will not do anything on offense and punt. But Dwayne Harris makes a mistake, fumbling the ball at the Cowboys 30. The Chargers recover, and the momentum is once again their. The Cowboys defense shows up once again, but the Charger will still get the 3 and make it 27-14. The Cowboys, needing some good offensive showing with only 8 minutes left, will be desperate for a score. Orton takes a 5 minute drive, and Murray stuffs it in for the score, and Dallas makes it 27-21 with about 3 minutes to go. The Chargers get a big play up the middle to Antonio Gates, and Gates gets down to the Cowboys 35. 3 runs later, the Chargers get a field goal to make it 30-21 with just 2 minutes to go. The Cowboys will need a miracle to pull out of this one with a win. Orton takes the drive to the Chargers 10, with just 20 second left. It ends there though, when Melvin Ingram steps in front of a pass intended for Murray and after a bobble, picks it off. The Chargers kneel the ball and win, 30-21.

Final Score: San Deigo Chargers 30, Dallas Cowboys 21

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