GameBook Match-Ups section will detail avenues that either team may use to gain an advantage over the other based on personnel packages, injury or talent level.
GameBook 2nd 1/2 we discuss the kind of response either team may have in the 2nd half as a counter move. 2nd half adjustments are key in today’s fast paced game and we do our homework in order to get the jump on the opposition.
Dallas Interior OLine vs NT Toeaina and Paea – C Cook, RG Bernadeau and LG Livings will again be tested in the middle. Toeaina and Paea are strong and have excellent burst in short space. They can both mirror, shed and close. Paea showed some amazing hip fluidity on a delayed blitz for a sack where he ran full speed winding his way through protectors. They will both push the pocket on passing downs creating very little room to step up into the pocket. The Rams Bradford was harried all day up the middle. Bradford is not Romo however.
CB Brandon Carr vs Ghost of Barry Church - Carr is learning a new position. Not safety, RCB. He has been a LCB during his pro years thus far. Now we are throwing a second new position, FS at him. After last weeks performance, my respect for Carr has increased exponentially. Changing positions from CB to S is not an automatic. True, most safeties can not play CB, however strangely enough the opposite is also true. Carr is a football player. We are lucky to have him.
FB Rodriguez & RB Bush vs Dallas Blitz - Twice last week I saw the RB’s give up sacks from the edge. Bush got on his man but was overwhelmed from the edge by the Rams Long. RT Carimi made the error reacting to an inside blitz that never materialized, however as all Emmitt Smith fans can recall, RB’s need to be able to make that block. When Ware gets by Webb on the edge, he should be able to blow up the RB from what I saw last week.
OLB Ware vs LT Webb – TE Davis will probably be stuck on the W side. Not the strong or the weak, but the “Ware” side. He will go in motion if Ware flips to adjust. Webb is super strong but can be beat to the outside. He has the strength to drive players into the ground as they bend around them. I don’t see this working with Ware. Conversely Ware is no one trick pony. When Webb does his stretch slide to the outside he leaves a huge gap between himself and the G. He does not possess the quickness to come back inside when Ware uses spin or swim techniques to adjust his route to the QB. This matchup is key to creating a close and personal relationship between Ware and Cutler. If Ware gets a solo from his new dance partner expect good results. Nuthin but luv.
Injuries – Every team has them. We are (however) only worried about one team and we have a lot. Do you sit Witten and let him heal through the bye week? I dont’ think so. That would reflect a setback and I don’t believe he has had any physical setbacks. Does Sensabaugh come back this week or do you get him rest through the bye? Ratliff? And so on, we will revisit this later in the week.
The Cowboys should win this Monday at home. Look for the D to set the tone. Look for the O to get back on track. Special Teams is a wild card. We have to win 2 of the three phases to notch another victory. Coach D gets his team to play like last week, we will do OK, but let’s not forget we should have had a punt blocked. Lucky is not good. Come on Coach D. Time to evolve! Nice to see we have lost our “we beat the World Champions” priviliged atitude. Now let’s go take care of the Bears.
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