Dallas Cowboys vs. Denver Broncos: Preview and Prediction

Rory KingContributor IOctober 3, 2009

DENVER - AUGUST 16:  Offensive tackle Ryan Clady #78 of the Denver Broncos blocks defensive end Stephen Bowen #72 of the Dallas Cowboys during preseason NFL action at Invesco Field at Mile High on August 16, 2008 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Cowboys 23-13.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Week four here we are. The Cowboys pulled out a close one that should have been a blowout. But nonetheless, a win is a win. Big Daddy Jerry Jones finally got his homecoming win.

Romo once again was mediocre. He seemed timid and scared at times out there during the first half of last monday's game. Tony must've been the most boring thing about that game, but his timid approach won the game. Romo was afraid of the long bomb and that in turn kept the game closer than it should have been.

The running back tandem of Jones and Choice is what kept Romo alive, and if they didn't show up Carolina wouldn't be 0-3. Without Barber in the game I had questions if Jones and Choice would be able to step up to the plate and deliver the knockout. The answer is yes and they did it with style.

Felix Jones had runs of 16, 18, and 20 on the first two drives. Romo did not come through. Jones became injured later, but remained on the field. In the third quarter he ran for 40 yards and that was the last of his running. He finished the night with 8 carries for 94 yards.

Tashard Choice was the saving grace for the ground game. Nine of Choice's 18 runs were in the fourth quarter and he tallied 48 of his 82 yards in the stretch. Before the Cowboys announced Barber's return for Sunday afternoon Choice remained the only healthy back. That my friends is a lot of pressure for a third stringer.

Dallas' defense finally came through and held the lousy Panthers to one first half touchdown. The rest of the game was a wrap. Although Demarcus Ware is still in his sack drought the Boys still got their sacks. Rookie Viktor Butler had two sacks in just five snaps last Monday. Veteran Terence Newman had a game sealing fourth quarter INT for a touchdown. I think that Dallas' D has finally snapped out of their lackadaisical ways and come back to earth.

Now on to the Bronco's-Cowboys match-up.

Denver may be off to a 3-0 start, but that record is quite questionable seeing that two of their last three opponents are pretty weak for NFL standards. Denver seems to have a pretty good run defense and Dallas may have a little trouble against them in this one. But for Denver's sake they better make sure their secondary is ready for an all-out air assault. Romo usually plays a timid game after getting crushed as he did against the G-men, has a so-so game, and then bruises the secondary of teams that play the run a little too much.

Dallas is coming off of a bounce back win and will look to continue their ground success. If Denver is able to play the run and the pass with any kind of effectiveness they might win. But I am going to remain the ever optimistic Cowboys fan and say that they pull out another close win. If the defense plays well, and Romo is able to establish a good air attack that opens things up for Barber and co. to reign down on the Bronco's party then the Cowboys will be successful. Look for Ware to get sack No. 1, and for Newman to be an INT threat in the secondary, and the Cowboys to go 3-1.

Prediction: Dallas Cowboys win 21-14