The Dallas Cowboys‘ defense shouldered a lot of the blame for the Cowboys woes this year. They rank near the bottom of the NFL in almost every major statistical category and have lost a few games for the Cowboys this year.
With one game left in the regular season, all of their mistakes and miscues can be erased by shutting down the resurgent Philadelphia Eagles. Even though backup quarterback Nick Foles is playing well, he has not been in an elimination-type situation during his short NFL career. The Cowboys should prey on his inexperience and look to wreak havoc on Foles all day long. Foles, who has played well for the Eagles in the games that he has started, has shown some signs of being human after he tied Peyton Manning’s record of seven touchdowns in a game against the Oakland Raiders.
Perennial pro bowler DeMarcus Ware has clearly not been himself in his return from injury. When healthy, Ware is easily the Cowboys best pass rusher and possibly their best play maker on their defense as well. The Cowboys will need a major throwback game from Ware if they want to bring the NFC-East crown back to Texas. Someone has to step up for the Cowboys and be a leader for not just the defense, but for the entire team.
Losing Tony Romo was a huge blow for the Cowboys from both a purely production stand point but also from a leadership position as well. The Cowboys’ offense will miss Romo’s creativity in the pocket as well as his pure grit and toughness as well. Romo may be a bit of a liability at times but he did give it everything he had each and every Sunday. Sometimes that leads to victories and sometimes he came up a bit short. If the Cowboys’ defense were ever going to make their presence felt, the time is now.