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DallasCowboys.com Writers Share Their Game 3 Gut Feeling
IRVING, Texas – The Cowboys return home this week after a tough, one-point road loss to the Chiefs. Now, it’s back to AT&T Stadium against another Missouri-based team.
The Rams come to town with a 1-1 record as well.
Here are the gut feelings for staff writers Nick Eatman, Bryan Broaddus, David Helman and Rowan Kavner.
It appears we’re looking at two teams who don’t run the ball well and don’t defend the pass much better. In a situation like that, I’m going to opt for the better quarterback, not to mention the quarterback with more experience and a home crowd behind him. Tony Romo hasn’t had a great game yet this season, and I think he’s due if his offensive line can keep Robert Quinn and Chris Long off his back.
I think back to the Bucs game last year in Week 3 and assume we’ll see a similar sort of matchup. I don’t expect it to be very high-scoring this week, despite the weapons on offense for both teams. This won’t be a cakewalk for the Cowboys against the Rams’ defense, although I do expect the Cowboys to finally bring down Sam Bradford a couple times. I don’t think the offensive balance will be there as much as the coaches are letting on and DeMarco Murray won’t set another rushing record, but the offense will feature a heavy dose of Jason Witten and make enough plays on the outside to pull one out.
I know we’ve talked a lot about this team not running the ball well, but it’s really only been in one game. They weren’t that bad at all against the Giants and so I think it’s too early to determine what kind of ground game they will have. I don’t see DeMarco Murray challenging his club record like he did last time vs. the Rams, but I’m predicting half of that. I see 125 rushing yards for Murray and a three-score win by the Cowboys at home. Randomly, I see a touchdown for Dwayne Harris in some capacity.
Despite the fact that Tony Romo is ranked 26th in the league in yards per attempt through two games, expect the football to go down the field against the Rams. Both Cortland Finnegan and Janoris Jenkins are gamblers and are not afraid to take chances. These are the types of corners that you take shots on with double moves to see if you can bait them into blowing a coverage. Last week against the Chiefs, Dez Bryant took Brandon Flowers on a “Sutter-Go” in the first quarter that resulted in a 38 yard gain. Look for Jason Garrett and Bill Callahan to have in their offensive plan plays that will allow Romo to move these corners around to take advantage of their aggressiveness.