Despite the Dallas Cowboys recent sustained success, there are still obvious holes on this team. One glaring one, for example, is the offensive line. Tony Romo was sacked 7 times by the Browns defense, and was pressured or hurried on countless more plays. Given the nature of the NFC East and the excellent defensive lines that the Cowboys still have to play against, this is a problem that has to be addressed immediately. On Thanksgiving, the Redskins come to town and the Cowboys are lucky that Washington will be without Brian Orakpo. Regardless, if the Cowboys want to make a sustained run, they either need to get improved play from their o-line or address the problem with scheming and different protections.
Perhaps this is one of the culprits of the lack of a running game that has plagued the Cowboys offense all year. DeMarco Murray could break big runs mostly because of his explosiveness and ability to get in space. In his absence, Felix Jones has struggled and now the Cowboys are left with Phillip Tanner and Lance Dunbar to get most of the carries. Needless to say this has been a problem for a long time, and the Cowboys are winning despite that. As the season comes to a close it will be important for the offensive line play to improve. The next few weeks will be tough for the Cowboys, so if they can step up that facet of their offense for the time being, they have a real shot at the playoffs.