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Dallas Cowboys: Keys to Victory Against Indianapolis Colts

December 20th, 2014 at 1:49 PM
By Darko Debogovic

The Cowboys are already in the playoffs in a sense.

If they lose either of these last two games, they’re basically eliminated from postseason contention, barring a Philadelphia Eagles slip-up against the Washington Redskins or New York Giants. In order to break their three game losing streak at home, the ‘boys will need: stellar play from their pass defense, DeMarco Murray to be DeMarco Murray and Dez Bryant to win his matchup.

Cowboys’ secondary versus Luck and Co.

Aside from a few busted plays in the Philadelphia game, the Cowboys’ secondary has been reasonably effective this season. Part of that is because the run defense is so horrendous, allowing 110 rushing yards per game and a 4.3 average. Nonetheless, the secondary deserves its due. Last week they held Mark Sanchez under 300 passing yard and no touchdowns. That’s not saying much, Sanchez is nowhere near Luck in terms of talent, but it’s a start considering no Eagles receiver went over 100 yards. The Colts will likely be without T.Y. Hilton who’s nursing a hamstring injury, making Dallas defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli’s job a bit easier. Hilton is a huge part of their offense because of his interchangeability, he can line up anywhere and hurt you. If he can’t go, they’ll still have to deal with Reggie Wayne and Hakeem Nicks respectively. Look for Marinelli to employ the same approach he used in the Eagles game: mixing in a lot of aggressive, man coverage, some bump-and-run and chipping their tight ends off the line. Dallas’ front seven should be able to keep a lid on the Colts’ run game, but to win they’ll need at least three sacks on Luck.

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Preview: Dallas Cowboys Host Indianapolis Colts

December 19th, 2014 at 3:21 PM
By Darko Debogovic

All is well in Dallas, for now. A 7-0 road record (the only undefeated team on the road) and two December wins have the Cowboys sitting atop the NFC East, in control of their postseason fate.

To get in, they may need to win out—which is easier said than done—considering they host one of the league’s most prolific pass offenses, the Indianapolis Colts. Though the teams share an identical 10-4 record, their paths to the playoffs couldn’t be more different. Indianapolis clinched the AFC South title with a win over the Houston Texans last Sunday. They don’t have much to play for, trailing both the New England Patriots and the Denver Broncos by a game and would lose to both on tiebreaker. The Cowboys on the other hand, are far from securing a playoff berth, let alone winning their division. Despite going 10-4, they could potentially miss the playoffs altogether if the Philadelphia Eagles win their remaining games (they’d beat the Cowboys on tiebreaker).

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Dallas Cowboys: Tony Romo Displays Physical, Mental Fortitude

December 18th, 2014 at 1:01 PM
By Darko Debogovic

Tony Romo had a career defining moment in Sunday’s gritty win over the Philadelphia Eagles.

After jumping out to a quick, 21-point lead in the first half, the Cowboys found themselves in an all too familiar position: face-to-face with another abysmal, December debacle—they’d just surrendered 24 unanswered points and were looking at a second-and-9 from their own 23 yard line. The last four drives, three consecutive three-and-outs and a costly fumble, personified what they’d been associated with late in the year: collapsing. But with 5:36 left in the third quarter and their season spiraling out of control, Romo and Co. responded.

“In those moments you’ve got to be tough,” Romo said. “Tough mentally and tough physically. You’ve got to say, ‘I’m going to put it on the line right now,’ and go out and do it. If that means I’m going to make a catch when I’m about to get hit, you go do it. If you want to stand in the pocket and know you’re going to get hit, you do it.”

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Dallas Cowboys: Jerry Jones Ecstatic at Possibility for NFC Top Seed

December 17th, 2014 at 1:43 PM
By Darko Debogovic

Perhaps no one was as gleeful as Dallas Cowboys owner, Jerry Jones, following Sunday’s triumphant victory over the Philadelphia Eagles.

There’s no question the ‘boys felt a sense of redemption, serving the Eagles a taste of their own medicine: a home loss with first place in the NFC East on the line. The win put Dallas in the driver’s seat of their first divisional title—something that’s eluded them since the 2009 season—but more impressively, the Cowboys earned a shot to secure the top seed in the playoffs, sitting just a game behind the Arizona Cardinals for NFC sovereignty. Jones admitted reaching 10 wins wasn’t something he envisaged at the start of the season.

“The way we’ve done this in the league now, bunched everything up here at the end, very few of us can say we’re in the playoffs tonight, even the ones who have 10 wins, but I can talk about 10 wins,” said Jones. “There’s no question in my view, prior to the 8-8 teams that we’ve had, we probably had given this team, in terms of talent and personnel, the less chance at 10 wins of any of the last three or four years. It’s beyond my expectations from the start of the year that we’re sitting here with the wins.”

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Dallas Cowboys: DeMarco Murray Scheduled to Have Surgery on Broken Bone in Hand

December 15th, 2014 at 3:38 PM
By Darko Debogovic

Though the Dallas Cowboys moved into first place in the NFC East with a crucial win over the Philadelphia Eagles last night, they may have lost something more valuable: NFL leading rusher DeMarco Murray.

Following a collision with multiple Eagles defenders, Murray came up grimacing in pain while holding his left hand.

He underwent X-rays immediately after the game, telling reporters he was "fine.”

It was later discovered that he fractured the fourth metacarpal in his hand—essentially his ring finger—in what’s medically known as a “boxer’s fracture.”

Executive vice president Stephen Jones said on 105.3 The Fan that his status for Sunday’s game against the Colts remains up in the air.

“Obviously, DeMarco Murray has a broken bone in his hand. At the same time, he hasn’t been ruled out [of the next game],” Jones said. “It’s not something that if it responds well after surgery today, that he can’t come back and play this weekend. It’s probably a tough expectation to think that he can, but we’ll see.”

It may not be as tough as Mr. Jones thinks.

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