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Cowboys Gab Preview: Cowboys @ N.Y. Jets

The Dallas Cowboys are heading to New Jersey to take on the New York Jets. Though you will discover no shortage of story lines for each teams, the Cowboys will probably be seeking to their defense to make a statement to begin the 2011 campaign.

Last season Dallas had the 23rd ranked defense in yards allowed and also struggled to quit teams from scoring. Dallas’ defense finished the worst in team history for points allowed last year. Wade Phillips is out and Rob Ryan is in. Ryan, came to Dallas from Cleveland within the offseason. He had the 13th ranked defense with a Cleveland group, that he stated, had “far less talent”. Ryan brings an aggressive 3-4 scheme created to confuse quarterbacks and lineman. He looks to disguise his blitzes using the threat of sending every person. The difference in Dallas’ defense has to come from Ryan’s capacity to scheme and get more out of his players than Phillips did last year. Nine of the eleven starters are exactly the same as last year and they will get a huge challenge to start the season.

The Game:

This week really is the battle of the Ryan brothers. Rex is bringing his well versed defensive group in against Rob’s “behind the eight ball” group. Dallas has had just more than a month to digest Rob’s defense and, if the preseason was any indication, they haven’t fairly got it but. Look for each brothers to blitz frequently attempting to get to the other team’s quarterback.

New York picked up WR Plaxico Burress inside the offseason. Burress is no stranger to playing the Cowboys, and was very productive when he was with the Giants. Burress presents matchup problems for the Cowboys smaller corners. With Dallas’ beginning corner Terrance Newman ruled out having a groin injury, it's going to be up to Mike Jenkins and Orlando Scandrick on the back end. Fourth-year man Alan Ball figures to come in for nickel packages. Bryan McCann will also get a great deal of function. Which is not a list to inspire confidence for Cowboys fans when they've to cover the likes of Burress, Santonio Holmes, and Derrick Mason. The Jets veteran group of receivers will give the Cowboys secondary fits if the Cowboys can't get any pressure on Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez.

The Keys For Dallas:

The keys of the game for Dallas are rather easy: 1) Pressure Mark Sanchez, and 2) Manage the ball. The Cowboys will likely be on the road in a really charged up New York region, who is going to be additional juiced using the anniversary of 9/11. The Jets will likely be performing their best to give people with a victory as they bear in mind the tragic events that took place 10 years ago in New York. The Cowboys will have to be certain that they take the crowd out of the game by controlling the ball by means of with the running game. They ought to get Felix Jones, Tashard Option, and DeMarco Murray going early and typically. The Cowboys will be behind a line that has three new starters (2 rookies, 1 second year), and will be relying on the support of veterans Kosier and Free of charge, and their tight ends, Jason Witten and Jon Phillips.

Quarterback Tony Romo has been itching to get back immediately after he suffered a season ending injury against the Giants in week 7 last year. It will be key for him to help keep himself below manage and make smart decisions using the ball. The Cowboys cannot afford to lose the turnover battle if they desire to win this game.

The defense will concentrate on stopping the Jets effective receiving core by getting to Mark Sanchez. Sanchez has confirmed that for those who rock him early, he will get off track. Linebackers DeMarcus Ware and Anthony Spencer ought to make a property within the Jets backfield and Jay Ratliff will look to hold down the center of the defense for the Cowboys. If the Cowboys get to Sanchez it'll put them in a fantastic location to sneak out of New York with a win.

The Keys For New York:

The Jets have a very aggressive defense which makes their biggest key of the game - get to Tony Romo. If the Jets get pressure on Romo, it truly is likely the can force him to make some ill-advised throws. The Jets strength is their secondary where, corners, Darrell Revis and Antonio Cromartie are ball hawks which will capitalize on Romo’s errors. The Cowboys have some solid receiving threats of their own as well as the Jets will have to determine the way to quit Miles Austin, Dez Bryant, and Jason Witten. Witten, in certain, causes matchup issues for the Jets defense who will not have the ability to cover him with a linebacker.

The second key for the Jets will likely be to run the ball. Running backs, Shonn Green and LaDainian Tomlinson will attempt to ease the pressure on Sanchez by forcing Dallas to respect the run. Green is the work horse and has had difficulties holding onto the ball in current seasons. Tomlinson nonetheless has lots within the tank and is an ever dangerous threat out of the backfield. They'll be important for Sanchez on swing passes, screens, and just running the ball, forcing the Cowboys to slow down their aggressive attack.

Players To Watch:


Kicker Dan Bailey won the job to kick field goals this year. He is really a rookie, and even though he had a productive college career at Oklahoma State, he is on the biggest stage now. The Cowboys will need to have every single point they can get and Bailey will likely be relied upon early and often.

New York:

Tight Finish Dustin Keller presents the Cowboys all kinds of matchup trouble. On leading of Burress, Holmes, and Mason, Keller provides Sanchez a safety net. He has excellent speed and great hands, and considerably like Dallas’ Witten, can't be covered by a linebacker. Dallas will most likely use Gerald Sensabaugh to cover Keller, a matchup the Jets have to enjoy. Look for Keller to have a massive game.

The Outcome:

I desire to pick Dallas, but I just believe the Jets within the initial game is too tough a job on the road. I think Rob Ryan’s defense just isn't quite where they ought to be just yet, and Dallas will have a difficult time outscoring the Jets against a Rex Ryan team at home. In a stadium where emotions will probably be a main factor, I've to go with the residence team. Jets 31 - 21.
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