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Cowboys Hurting Before Matchup With Rams

The Cowboys will be without starting QB Tony Romo (broken pinky), starting CBs Terrance Newman (groin surgery *ouch*) and Adam Jones (4 game suspension, again), stud rookie RB Felix Jones, WR Sam Hurd and P Matt McBriar.

What does this mean for the Rams?  Well the Rams will have to game plan for 40+ year old Brad Johnson instead of Tony Romo.  Brad Johnson is less mobile than Romo and is a sitting duck in the pocket, so the Rams front four need to be able to beat the Cowboys struggling offensive line.  Johnson is a solid backup and is able to quickly get the ball to the open receiver.  But, Johnson’s arm is not as strong as Romo’s, which will help the Rams to keep their safeties in close to thwart Terrell Owens and new WR Roy Williams.  The Rams should be able to sack Johnson, but hopefully they will be able to keep him from springing the big play to one of the Cowboys’ playmakers.  Brad Johnson certainly will not pull the same move as Romo did last year when he ran back 20 yards only to run forward 30 yards.  There will be less mistakes with Johnson, so the Rams need to limit the big catch and run plays.

With the injuries the Cowboys are down to starting CBs Anthony Henry and rookie Mike Jenkins.  Even with their starting corners the Cowboys did not play particularly well against the pass.  Anthony Henry was the starting corner last year opposite Terrance Newman, so he has experience.  The Rams strategy should be to run out all their guns and make the Cowboys cover them.   If the Rams matchup speed vs. speed and have Donnie Avery run against Mike Jenkins, I would have to give the advantage to the Rams.  Also, Torry Holt should have the advantage against Anthony Henry as well.  With these injuries and suspensions, the Rams should be able to successfully attack the Cowboys defensive backfield.

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One Response to “Cowboys Hurting Before Matchup With Rams”

  1. 1-4? and a c*cky writer says:

    I laugh at this story. The Rams better play a mistake free game. Lets not forget the Rams lost in Dallas last year and Felix Jones never stepped on the field. Pac Man wasnt there either. You still have to defend Witten and now Roy Williams.
    Dallas – 30
    Rams- 14

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