The Dallas Cowboys sit atop of the NFC with a somewhat improbable 6-1 record. However, the team can’t afford to fall asleep with a potential trap game awaiting them in Cleveland.
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Oct 30, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Josh McCown (13) celebrates a touchdown during the second quarter against the New York Jets at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports
The Dallas Cowboys have been the surprise of the NFL up to this point in the season. Lead by a duo of offensive rookies who are playing better than anyone could have imagined, and a defense that has been able to capitalize in the most opportune of times, optimism has never been higher in Dallas.
While the present, and the future, certainly look bright for big D, coach Garrett can’t afford to let his team step off the throttle.
Awaiting in Cleveland is a team that has the talent on both sides of the ball to pose problems for the Cowboys.
With that being said, Dallas has the opportunity and the momentum to reach 7 wins half way through the season.
Here are 5 thoughts on the team and their match-up Sunday with the Browns.
Thought #1 – Trap Game
Sundays match-up in Cleveland has all of the makings of a trap game for the Cowboys. Yes, the Browns are winless to this point but they have been competitive mostly week in and week out.
Throw in the return of rumored Dallas Cowboys trade target Josh McCown who has shown a veteran savvy and leadership running the Browns offense and it’s easy to see why the Dallas Defense can’t fall asleep.
As long as the Cowboys are able to run the ball and control the clock their offense will have the opportunity to create big plays.
Oct 30, 2016; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett smiles after the overtime victory against the Philadelphia Eagles at AT&T Stadium. The Cowboys beat the Eagles 29-23 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
#3 – Credit to Jason Garrett and his staff
Jason Garrett hasn’t always been a fan favorite in Dallas. In fact he has often times been the scape goat in the face of tough losses. Now it seems as though he is finally getting the recognition he deserves. To his credit, he is going out and taking the credit, it is not being handed to him.
Look at this past weekends game against a bitter division rival. Jason Garrett not only calls the first fake punt I can remember the Cowboys running in the last 6 years, but he also made the decision to go and TAKE the game in overtime.
Facing 4th and 1 in Eagles territory Jason Garrett could be seen on the TV broadcast saying, what looked like, “Go for it. Let’s win the game.” And win the game he did.
Garrett should no doubt be the top candidate for coach of the year up to this point and he deserves an immense amount of credit for what he has been able to accomplish.
The head coach has been able to build the team his way with “the right type of guys” who “trust the process” and “come to work everyday ready to work and compete”. As repetitive and corny as Garrett trademark answers often seem they also seem to ring true within the locker room.
Not only that he has built one of, if not the, best offensive lines in the NFL. He has added talented young depth at all of his positions, drafted well in the top and later rounds, and built his team from the inside out.
Jason has often been an easy punching bag for angry Cowboys fans, but perhaps it is time that he gets more of the praise, now that he is the one turning opponents into punching bags.
Oct 16, 2016; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson (87) carries the ball as Dallas Cowboys defensive back Anthony Brown (30) defends during the fourth quarter at Lambeau Field. The Cowboys won 30-16. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
The injury to Morris is really unfortunate but Dallas fans can rest easy knowing that Brown is ready to step in and give them a glance at what is looking like a long and successful future in the Cowboys defensive backfield.