Maybe the Dallas Cowboys are soft after all. Jerry Jones’ men looked like they had absolutely nothing going for them on Sunday, as they were bullied around CenturyLink Field by the Seattle Seahawks in a 27-7 defeat that really had the rest of the football world asking whether they were really tough enough to win crucial games against the best that the NFC has to offer on a consistent basis.
It might not be known quite yet whether Dallas is really that meager of a team or whether it was a team that just got beaten by a team with a great home field advantage, but one thing is definitely for sure. The Cowboys are going to get a physical fight from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this week in Arlington.
The Dallas Cowboys opened up on the NFL odds at -7, but after watching Tampa Bay literally smack the New York Giants in the mouth time and time again last week all the way to the final whistle, Head Coach Jason Garrett knows what his team is in for.
The battles in the trenches will be key. So far this year, the Cowboys haven’t been a great rushing team, nor have they been a great team at stopping the run. They rank No. 23 and No. 20 in the league respectively in those two categories, and DeMarco Murray just doesn’t quite look like the same back that lit the world on fire halfway through his rookie season last year.
Since the offensive line is in shambles, it will be up to the Dallas front seven on defense to contain a Tampa Bay offensive line that looks a heck of a lot more cohesive this year now that Carl Nicks has joined the fold. The Cowboys are really missing those big time front three linemen though, and all of the pressure thus far this year has come off of the edges with DeMarcus Ware and Anthony Spencer.
Without a heavy dose of toughness this week, the Cowboys are going to be in some trouble, because finesse won’t beat these Bucs. Mental and physical toughness is what will do the trick.