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Enemy Exchange – 5 Questions For The Dallas Cowboys

Thanks to Matt Loede of for the exchange this week:

1. The Cowboys defense seems to be lacking a few playmakers including Jay Ratliff and Anthony Spencer — is this seen as much of a concern in Dallas as NY Fans are perceiving it to be?

Well, George Selvie is no Spencer, but he’s shown that he can be at least marginal in his place, so Spencer I think will be more missed than Rafliff, who will be replaced by Nick Hayden. Bottom line, it’s a HUGE loss for this team though, and it will be up to guys like DeMarcus Ware and some backups to make plays and not let the losses of Ratliff and Spencer kill them. In the end, yes, the loss of the pair is a big one for the Cowboys.

2. Tony Romo hasn’t finished a winning game in the new stadium against the NY Giants — are we in his head?

He’s been close, but yes, I think at times the Giants seem to have his number – a lot of it is getting some early confidence and points, and not making key mistakes like he’s made in the past. If the G-Men are really in his head, it will show when it matters the most. Tony has got to step up and be the offensive leader the Cowboys and the fans perceive him to be. Otherwise, this team has got to start thinking about moving on without him.

3. Dez Bryant, Miles Austin, Jason Witten, DeMarco Murray – who is getting the ball and takes over the game for Dallas on Sunday night and why?

Romo’s go-to player is clearly Witten, and he can give fits when the game is on the line and he can seem to get open more so when it’s critical and close game. If Witten can’t get it done, Romo will look to Bryant, who is clearly the second best WR in the game entering 2013 next to Calvin Johnson. Witten first – then Bryant.

4. How do you plan to stop the Giants offense, and defense respectively from getting home?

It’ll be Monte Kiffin’s new scheme that will have to confuse QB Eli Manning into a few mistakes, and also giving looks in the run game that the Giants maybe have never seen before. If they can stay in their zones and gaps in the new D, they should be able to handle the run game successfully and not allow a number of big plays. They have to pressure Eli and as stated before, maybe get some mistakes along the way.

5. What is the X-Factor for this game?

I think there’s no doubt that if DeMarco Murray can lead the run game and the Cowboys can keep the ball out of Eli’s hands, that gives them the best shot to win. Winning the time of possession and avoiding key red zone turnovers is the biggest key to the Cowboys getting out of town with a win, and to me – Murray is the key to that.

Final predictions.

While the Cowboys will give them a good fight, I think the G-Men at home are tough to beat, and I like the Giants by 7 – 20-13 in what will be another entertaining NFC East battle.

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