The 2012 season opened with Dallas notching an improbable win up in New York against the Giants. It was improbable for many reasons, but one of them was that Kevin Ogletree led all receivers. He just kept being open as the stunned Giants said to themselves "he's not supposed to be a big factor....coach said Witten, Dez, Austin, let's just hope he stops gashing us."
Dallas ought to be able to line up and beat New York with their top offensive guys: Romo, Bryant, Austin, Witten and Murray--with very little help from anyone else. And if it's a victory as straight forward as that, I'll still be irrationally happy about it all week.
However, ever since I read Malcom Gladwell's Tipping Point, I've had an eye for factors that tip the balance. The straw that breaks the camel's back or the catalyst that sends a system into a new state.
If you watched the Broncos-Ravens game, you know that Tight end Julius Thomas, the Bronco's 2011 fourth round pick, was the X factor in that game. You can bet the Ravens didn't spend much time game-planning for this guy. They had too many other weapons to worry about.
So, back to Dallas.
In tonight's game, one of the following players may contribute at a key moment or maybe even step up and break things open with their performance. So lets take a brief look at them and then vote on our candidates.
- Cole Beasley: 5'8", 180 pounds; freakish quicks and cuts; a nightmare in the slot; plays with passion
- Terrance Williams: 6'2", 200 pounds; stretches defenses with smooth speed, not elite speed; rookie
- James Hanna: 6'4", 250 pounds; 4.5-40 time, has yet to emerge as a receiving threat but could do damage
- Gavin Escobar: 6'6", 250 pounds, excellent receiving skills/body control, lacks burst or top end speed, red zone guy
Pick your horse in the comments section and check back frequently today and during the game to see whats up.