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Giants Exposed Recipe for Beating the Cowboys Print E-mail
by Norm Hitzges    Mon, Dec 5, 2005, 05:13 PM

Yesterday, the Cowboys not only lost a game, they lost their grip of first place in the NFC East. And most importantly, their offense lost some respect. Their lack of offensive production yesterday may have given the rest of the league a recipe for beating the Cowboys.

Here’s my advice to the teams that remain on the Cowboys schedule (Kansas City, Carolina, St. Louis, Washington): DON’T WORRY ABOUT THE RUN. The Cowboys are not going to break any long runs. And until they prove that they will, if I’m a defensive coordinator, I simply ignore the Cowboys running game. That is, if you can ignore something that does not exist.

The loss leaves the Cowboys at 7-5 and scrambling with a lot of other teams in the mix for a Wildcard. The Cowboys have 3 very difficult games left. I can see them losing all 3 of those games. By, the way, I can also see them winning all 3 of them.

The offense did not move at all yesterday. They were particularly awful in the first half. The first half, I believe was the most inept offensive performance I can remember in a long time. The Cowboys generated 37 yards on 28 plays in the first half. That’s 4 feet per play! 4 feet!

When an offensive performs poorly, the QB seems to always be the man who gets the blame. Yesterday Drew Bledsoe was chum. He was shark meat. Now he added to problems by not making good decisions. But constantly being under pressure will force a QB to make bad decisions.

I believe the root of the Cowboys problem is their inability of their running game. We are through 12 weeks of the football season and the Cowboys have 26 runs of more than 10 yards. They had runs of 10 and 12 yards yesterday. That is simply unacceptable.

This club does not explode. It does not make a big play.

When an opposing defense never has to worry about you breaking a play, you are in serious trouble as an offensive unit. Right now, Cowboys opponents can basically ignore the running game. If a defense doesn’t have to respect your running game, it is going to be practically impossible to throw the ball effectively.

Yes, the offensive line is hurt. Yes, they are young. And, yes they are lacking in experience. But, it seems like they are getting worse as the year goes on. I don’t want to take anything away from the performance of the Giants defense yesterday. They were definitely dominant. But, the Cowboys needed to break a play at some point in the game.

Things would be much easier for the Cowboys offense if the opposing defense was forced to respect the Cowboys running game.

In the NFL it’s all about keeping the defense honest, and that is something the Cowboys cannot seem to do right now.
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