ARLINGTON , TX
Who could match up to try to keep Gates from having a big day? Would you put a safety or linebacker to cover him?
Nick:Well obviously the Cowboys won’t just do one thing. But I think
Rowan: In the past we might have seen one of the corners match up with him occasionally. I don’t see this defensive group and coordinator Monte Kiffin doing that, though. I think he’ll get a lot of matchups with safeties, most likely
Would you say that this week is a crucial game considering the early lead we have in the division and the prospect of playing a hot Denver team next week? Not to mention that we already missed a huge opportunity by losing to the Chiefs.
Nick: I wouldn’t say crucial. I’d say absolutely crucial. This is a huge game. Everyone thinks of this team as an average club, because it has been. You know how to get to 8-8? Be 1-1 and then 2-2 and so on. That’s where this team is unless they correct it. So I think it’s huge and we all know who’s coming up next. So stack wins against teams you have a great chance of beating.
Rowan: Absolutely. I think for the Cowboys’ psyche to be heading home 3-1 before playing the Broncos’ unbelievable passing attack would be critical, not to mention, as you pointed out, it would give them a firm grasp of the NFC East. I’m interested to see how the offense responds this week playing against the 3-4 defense. It gave them trouble against the Chiefs, but as Kansas City’s demonstrated, that defense was formidable. It’s certainly not a must-win, but it could be crucial in getting out of the .500 funk.