The Dallas Cowboys are the NFL's Ultimate Road Warriors
By Jimmy Long/FanSided via The Landry Hat
The Dallas Cowboys are on a 16-game road winning streak dating back to 2013 when their starting quarterback is under center.
Winning in the NFL is a hard thing to do. Winning on the road is even harder. Despite that, these Dallas Cowboys are almost unstoppable when playing behind enemy lines. What makes them so deadly on the road? Let’s try to figure that out.
It all starts at the top. Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett has preached his philosophy of focus throughout his tenure in Dallas. He strives to ensure that his squad only focuses on themselves and getting better. Whether it be 2014’s “Finish the Fight”, 2015’s “Nameless Faceless Opponent” or this seasons’ “The Team. The Team. The Team”, Garrett makes sure his guys approach each week with the right mentality.
“Be your best regardless of circumstance. Be ready to play, whether it’s home, road, parking lot or the moon.”
Our head coach stresses playing the Cowboy’s brand of football no matter the location. Garrett has to be one of the biggest factors to his teams road success.
If you’re looking for another reason for their dominance on the road, look no further than rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott. For the sake of being thorough, look to their offensive line as well. One of the biggest challenges about playing in hostile territory is crowd noise. It makes it hard to hear play calls, receivers have trouble hearing audibles at the line and it often forces offenses to resort to a silent count.
What’s the best way to counteract crowd noise? Fortunately, it’s something that the Cowboys are very good at. Pounding. The. Rock. When push comes the shove, this dominant rushing attack is going to gain yards and wear down opponents. A solid ground game keeps opponents on their heels, and helps to silence the crowd. That in turn, opens up those easy throws for rookie quarterback Dak Prescott.