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Short Week To Prepare For Jets, Thanksgiving Day Notes

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This week is the traditional Thanksgiving Day home game for the Cowboys, and the New York Jets are the visitors this year.  With only a couple of days to get ready, the team must prepare to face the same type of offense they have been getting the last several weeks.  A good running back and some decent receivers combined with a young QB, sounds a lot like the Giants, or the Redskins. 

I can remember some great Thanksgivings due to some games in the past, specifically, the one against the dreaded Redskins where Clint Longley came in for an injured Roger Staubach and proceeded to lead the Cowboys in a big come-from-behind victory.  Not that this game will and can match that one, with the Cowboys being 9-1 and cruising really and the Jets at 2-8.  But it is big in other ways, for the Galloping Gobbler trophy and for the millions of Americans who will spend their day glued to the TV set watching football and eating left-over turkey.  It’s just an American tradition and a big stage for the Cowboys to show everyone that they are the elite team in the NFC.

The Jets are coming off an upset win over the highly-rated Steelers at home and got some momentum, while Dallas is facing two Thursday night games in a row and staring at the Green Bay Packers next week.  You can bet both teams are going to have to play good to win and that will make for some good football-watching for the rest of us.

The Cowboys have now slid to 24th overall against the pass, not a good place to be, so even though it’s a short week to practice, the secondary needs to plug some holes and hopefully, Anthony Henry will be able to go longer on his ankle.  Maybe they should have played more nickel and dime packages against Washington, so count on New York to follow a similar gameplan.  Throw often and throw short.

Dallas’ run game has not been up to par lately and needs to get going, after doing so well the first seven or so games, the last three hasn’t been enough to keep the pass rush honest.  The O-line is still doing a great job of protecting Romo, but we just simply have got to generate more yards on the ground.  Sunday’s sweat job over the last three minutes where the offense punted twice instead of running out the clock, is not a good place to be for us fans.  Marion Barber needs to stop running sideways so much and Julius Jones needs to hit the holes just a tad quicker, in my opinion. 

But overall, I can’t complain too much as things have gone almost as well as I could have asked for, the Cowboys won three division games in a row and now get to play what could be considered a “fun” game on Thanksgiving Day.  I remember a couple of weeks ago writing something to the effect that we would see what this team is really made of over this stretch, and I guess we have.  They are in position to set a team-best starting record of 10-1 and hold a commanding lead in their division, pretty good stuff they’re made of so far, I’d say.

I think I’ll just sit back and enjoy this game and eat some turkey, like the rest of America, and simply rejoice in what the day truly means.  Thank you Cowboys, for making this a great Thanksgiving!


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2 Responses to “Short Week To Prepare For Jets, Thanksgiving Day Notes”

  1. Sam says:

    Hopefully we don’t see the 24th overall position against pass sliding further over Thursday and the week after. I think Jets are going to be tough to beat with the momentum they have from the last game and no need to even talk about Packers yet. Whatever happens on Thanksgiving day, we really aren’t in contention for the top spot in NFC unless we protect against pass better, as Thanksgiving day and the Thursday after might prove.

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