Cowboys are looking to run all over the Texans
Sep 28, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt (99) reacts during the game against the Buffalo Bills at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
DeMarco Murray of the Dallas Cowboys has probably watched the Texans at Giants game more then some coaches. He’s being talked about as the one who will break the single season rushing record of 2,105 yards set by Eric Dickerson back in 1984. The Cowboys have a talented if young offensive line that’s making life hell for defenses to contain Murray. So yeah, DeMarco probably watched that Rashad Jennings performance and is chomping at the bit to see if he can put up some big numbers. If one were to sum up the game plan: the Cowboys are looking to run all over the Texans/
J.J. Watt, probably won’t get too many shots at Murray. Not if Dallas head coach Jason Garret wants to keep his job at least. Running at Watt, not so smart. Houston’s resident demi-god of a player tends to make even great players look bad when you try stuff like that. Instead look for the Cowboys to check “Where’s Watt, okay plays the other way”. That means Ryan Pickett, Whitney Mercilus, Jared Crick, Brooks Reed and Brian Cushing are going to have to play their butts off today.
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Stopping Murray is the key, force the Cowboys to the air and hope the secondary can cover well enough to let J.J. Watt add Romo to his jersey collection for 2014. The Cowboys left tackle, Tyron Smith was picked two places ahead of J.J. Watt in the 2011 draft. He’s been a monster of a lineman and the Cowboys best hope of having someone able to hold Watt 1-1. I don’t anticipate too many Watt Vs Smith match ups, but it when these two titans collide… if you appreciate the in the trenches warfare of football this will be the best of the NFL.
On the flip side of it all, the Texans have to find a way to either get Arian Foster going if his hamstring is able or Alfred Blue is going to have to step up to the plate and run like the wind. The Cowboys defense, while not the disaster it was last year, is going to do exactly what Houston is will try. Stop the run, force the erratic play of the quarterback to win it. Fitzpatrick is the lesser man here statistically. In 12 years in the league Romo has 215 touchdowns to 105 interceptions. Fitzpatrick in 10 years has 111 touchdowns to 98 interceptions. The Cowboys more then the Texans want this to be a shootout through the air.
It’s going to be a monster game, that will be decided late in the third quarter. Texans 31 Cowboys 27.
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