Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

14 Sep 2008

Owens Key to Cowboys' Success

In this week's Monday Night Football feature, we look at how the Eagles shut down the Cowboys in Week 15 of last season, and what they need to do to shut them down again in Week 2 of 2008.

Posted by: Mike Tanier on 14 Sep 2008

4 comments, Last at 08 Jan 2009, 11:16pm by Kyle Phillippi, Audubon

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by isaiahc :: Mon, 09/15/2008 - 2:53pm

"Monday night's final score may not be 10-6, but don't expect offensive fireworks like the ones these teams put up last week. "
It'd be interesting to see the comparative DVOA of St. Louis vs Cleveland from this week and judge the strength of victory Dallas and Philly had last week over those two teams. Which team is worse, Rams or Browns? (I'm thinking Rams, but I could be wrong.) And, based on the weaker opponent, which of tonight's teams had a truly stronger team? Of course this will all be in the wash tomorrow when the rankings come out, but I'd still like to know.

Everybody dies, but not everybody lives.

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by Bullet's Revenge (not verified) :: Mon, 09/15/2008 - 4:47pm

This has been true for a while. As good as this offensive line is, Owens makes the offense go. Without him, their offense resembles 2006 Seattle or perhaps 2006 KC. Him taking double coverage and still being effective is everything the Orville Redenbachers in Dallas had hoped for when they signed him.

That being said, I really think that the way to attack this Philly defense is through the ground game. The Cowboys offensive line is built to be big to wear down smaller fronts. Marion Barber is a good complement with his love of contact. Most importantly, the Philly Front 7 is built more to rush the passer than to stop the run game. I understand they have good depth and rotate guys, but I'd much rather the Cowboys attack that then trying to force passes into that very talented secondary. I just hope Dallas doesn't get behind and Jason Garrett doesn't fall too much in love with his passing toys.

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by isaiahc :: Tue, 09/16/2008 - 1:34am

Well I think we saw some offensive fireworks, as well as some offensive misfires. A lot of mistakes tonight, many which probably affected the game, although I think the end would have been the same. Dallas with too many stupid penalties, Tony Romo playing hot potato against himself, Donovan McNabb forgetting how to hand the ball off, and Jackson forgetting how long the field was. I think that about covers the miscues, but other than that Owens was a major threat and the Eagles kept Romo on his toes all night. In other words, spot on article!

Everybody dies, but not everybody lives.

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by Kyle Phillippi, Audubon (not verified) :: Thu, 01/08/2009 - 11:16pm

Owens may get the media attention from his off the field actions, but don't judge him on his actions. Instead, look at his on the field play. He is a weapon for the Cowboys, allowing Tony Romo to feel more confident when in 3rd and longs. If not for T.O, who knows how the offense would manage.