The Dallas Cowboys began the 2013 season in the same manner they opened 2012 by beating the New York Giants. The question now becomes whether or not they can avoid what transpired in Week 2 last season in Seattle.
Ah, yes, the game in which Sean Lee was absolutely leveled by Golden Tate on a block, the game in which the Cowboys were owned by tight end Anthony McCoy, and the first glimpse at the talented Russell Wilson. But a Cowboys victory against the Chiefs Sunday would really put them in a nice situation in the NFC.
The Cowboys were the beneficiary of six turnovers against New York, but the likelihood of that being an every week occurrence is slim. Beyond the turnovers, the Cowboys played well enough to win despite giving up 450 yards passing and needing to recover an onside kick to seal the deal.
They will have to find a way to get Dez Bryant the football, the running game needs to continue to improve and the secondary must play better. After finally ending the home field drought against the Giants, it was nice to get the divisional win and move on to cleaning things up.
Any NFL season for any team is a journey, a work in progress and a marathon, not a sprint. Dallas is in prime position for a 2-0 start and a sense of urgency is what's needed to be created by Jason Garrett.
So what will the formula be for this week?
More balance? Run the football? Tony Romo making plays in the passing game? Creating turnovers? The answer is a combination of all of those elements and it will come down to certain players being able to execute and perform at the precise moment that is necessary.
Those performances need to come from the usual suspects and also players that need to become dependable contributors. Let's take a look.