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Cowboys vs Falcons: Is This ‘Must Win’ Time For The Cowboys

Is This ‘Must Win’ Time For The Cowboys

By: Bruce Koehler

Sunday, October 25th, The 3-2 Dallas Cowboys have an important date with the 4-1 Atlanta Falcons. Some are saying that this is or getting close to crunch time for the Cowboys. Coming off a shaky win over the Kansas City Chiefs in over time two weeks ago, the Cowboys are hoping that the extra week of practice will give them the tools they need to defeat the Chiefs. One of the tools with which they have is linebacker Keith Brooking. The former Atlanta Falcon will get a chance to get up close and personal to his old teammates in a manner that will likely surprise them. In 2005 Brooking had a personal high of 3.5 sacks, and he is on track to exceed that mark.

Both teams will have some adjustments to make, due to injuries. Most notable for the Cowboys, starting receiver Roy Williams, starting running backs Marion Barber and Felix Jones and starting center Andre Gurode, have been practicing all week, and are listed as probable. Williams is more of a concern due to his injured ribs. If active on Sunday, he will more than likely wear protective padding in the chest area. On the Falcons side of the ball starting running back Michael Turner and backup tight end Justin Peele are probable starts, having limited practice time.

On the positive side, the Cowboys may have one match up they can take definite advantage of. With the recent injury to starting corner Brian Williams, who was placed on IR after suffering a torn ACL, the Falcons will have to rely on their backup corner Brent Grimes. In only his 9th career NFL start, the 5-foot-10 Grimes will have to be on his game if he his going to be able to play against the tandem of Roy Williams and Miles Austin, both of whom are 6-foot-3

If the cowboys are going to have any kind of passing game against the Falcons, they are going to have to stop the defense from getting to quarterback Tony Romo. This job falls into the hands of left tackle Flozell Adams. Adams will have his hands full fending off the 6-foot-4, 263 pound Falcon defensive end John Abraham. Abraham has 3 sacks on the year, and being 100 pounds lighter than Adams, will be much quicker and harder to defend. The Cowboys are counting on Abraham’s age to be a factor (he is 31) in keeping him away from Romo.

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