Good news, Cowboys fans!
Your Dallas Cowboys are 1-0 and escaped a tough week 1 matchup with the hated New York Giants by a score of 27-26.
The win came after an unexpected, late game comeback at Tony Romo hit Jason Witten on a 17-yard game winning touchdown pass with 14 seconds remaining. That’s a good reason for Cowboys Nation to be happy.
However, the win came at the expense of a broken bone in Dez Bryant’s foot. Bryant is expected to miss 4-6 weeks of football, which is considered to be a very optimistic recovery time for his specific injury.
Also, rookie DE Randy Gregory is expected to miss 4 games with a high ankle sprain.
All in all, Cowboys fans should be relieved at starting 1-0, especially against a division rival.
However, enough of last week’s analysis, it is time for this weeks predictions.
Week 2: Dallas Cowboys (1-0) @ Philadelphia Eagles (0-1)
As stated earlier, the Dallas Cowboys are starting off 1-0. Despite the impressive last second win, the Cowboys face a better team. Philadelphia, although 0-1, are another division rival that historically play the Dallas Cowboys very tough.
In their last 6 meetings, the Cowboys lead by a record of 4-2.
The Eagles are coming off a heartbreaking loss that resulted in a failed 4th quarter comeback by Sam Bradford against the Atlanta Falcons.
For the 1st half, the Philadelphia offense looked sluggish and lethargic. Despite two TD’s, ex-Cowboy DeMarco Murray had an abysmal 9 rushing yards the whole game.
Sam Bradford didn’t look stellar, either. The Philadelphia defense, headed by $60 million CB Byron Maxwell, allowed 2 Julio Jones touchdowns.
However, the defense did tighten up in the 2nd half and only allowed 6 points.
As a Cowboys fan, it was enjoyable seeing Philly struggle. However, it is foolish to think that the Eagles won’t play better in week 2.
Chip Kelly will have the Eagle offense ready to play. DeMarco Murray will also play with a chip on his shoulder, despite saying it is just another game for him.
For the Cowboys, in order to win it is all about getting to Sam Bradford early and eliminating the big plays. Defensively, the front 7 will determine how successful the Cowboys will be, especially linebackers Sean Lee and Anthony Hitchens.
Offensively, it will be key to
1.run the football with Randle & McFadden
2.getting Cole Beasley and Lance Dunbar in space. Gavin Escobar will be critical in the red zone.
Even without Dez, I think Romo will put up his typical numbers. I also believe that being the mad scientist Chip Kelly is, he will intentionally be very conservative in his play-calling because it is early in the season. Ultinately, I think the Cowboys will win a tough game to start 2-0.