I thought I would give my take of the Cowboys-Broncos matchup as my first post on MHR. Being a die-hard Broncos fan stuck in "Cowboys Country" (I'm from Dallas, TX), I have been addicted to this site and just now decided that I would join. But enough about me, let's talk about Sunday's game.
Denver Offense vs Cowboys Defense
I know a lot of prognosticators seem to say that the Broncos should attack the Cowboys on the ground with a combo of Buck/Moreno. There is no denying that Buckhalter and Moreno have been a nice backfield tandem, I believe that the we should attack the Cowboys through the air. The Cowboys are currently 27th in league versus the pass, and though their secondary played better this past Monday, I believe it was in large part due to the poor protection provided Jake Delhomme by his offensive line. Our offensive line will give Orton plenty of time to find open receivers down the field, even when taking into account that Hamilton will probably not play. The key for our offensive line will be stopping DeMarcus Ware and NT Jay Ratliff. Ware has to be frustrated after posting an eye-popping 20 sacks last season, he has no sacks so far this season. The Departure of Canty to the Giants and Ellis to Raiders might be more of a problem than Dallas cares to admit. Ratliff can be a disruptive force and Wiegmann and our guards will have to keep him in check as well. Dallas front 7 will be one of the toughest tests for our offensive line, but I think our O-line will play well and frustrate them. The return of a healthy Stokley and an emerging Brandon Marshall should find soft spots down the field. I do hope that Eddie Royal gets more involved in the game. I love his explosiveness. I think we should continue to run a ball control offense to keep the defense fresh and Romo off the field. McDaniels and McCoy seems to have the offense prepared to expose the opposing defense's weakness and for Dallas that means through the air. I think by throwing the ball early that will create some running lanes for Buck and Knowshon.
Cowboys Offense vs. Denver Defense
The Cowboys plan against our D will certainly be running the football and attacking our LB's with their TEs. My main concern about the Cowboys offense is their offensive line. They are BIG. The lightest offensive lineman is OG Kyle Kosier at 307 lbs. They are physical and they are dirty. Dallas has the number one rush offense in the NFL and all three of their backs can run the football. Denver may have caught a break as it looks like Felix Jones will be out of the lineup this week. Jones is their "homerun" threat. Choice and Barber are essentially the same style of runners. They are physical between the tackle backs. Barber is coming back from injury and may not see as many touches if he is not 100%, but there is not much drop off if they have to lean more on Tashard Choice. Stopping the run should be our number 1 priority . This may prove to be more difficult as the game wears on. 3rd down stops will be key so we can get our defense off the field. The offense can also help here by controlling he ball on offense and keeping the Dallas O on the sidelines. Fresh defenders at the end of the game will be a necessity or the big, strong Dallas O-line will dominate the line of scrimmage. I suspect Nolan will be rotating defenders a bit more than usual. Stopping the run will force Romo to throw the ball, and I have no doubt that our Corners and safeties can take their receivers out of the game. The number 1 receiver on the depth chart is Roy Williams. Honestly, though I think Patrick Crayton is the better of the two. He is faster and seems to get open more often and doesn't drop the ball as much. I think our DBs will keep everything in front of them and not allow a big play through the air. Additionally, Denver would do well to get pressure on Romo. Romo is prone to make mistakes downfield when he senses pressure. Here's hoping that Doom and Co. have a big game! That leaves the TEs. Whitten will be a problem. Dallas will try to get Whitten matched up against our LBs. Hopefully, we get enough pressure on Romo to disrupt his connection with Whitten. Whoever on defense is going against Flozell Adams needs to be careful as Adams is a dirty player and can cause injury. Adams has been fined three weeks in a row for a leg whip (if he is beat he will stick out his leg to trip a rushing defender). When he did that against Giants DE Justin Tuck, Tuck went out with a shoulder injury. If that happens again this week I suspect that the Commish will suspend him for violating the personal conduct policy, so hopefully that will be enough for Adams not to do that in Sunday's game.
Denver will limit the Cowboys offense tomorrow and come away with the W. Looking forward to an entertaining, hopefully injury free game on Sunday. Oh, did I mention I will be watching the game surrounded by Dallas Cowboy fans , should be FUN (for me anyway)!