Dallas Cowboys

The Game within the Game: Austin Better Have A Double-Move

PHILADELPHIA - AUGUST 27:  Asante Samuel #22 of the Philadelphia Eagles reacts after a play against the Jacksonville Jaguars on August 27, 2009 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Phil BrennanCorrespondent INovember 5, 2009

Want to know if Garrett is truly a red-headed genius?

This week's matchup against the Eagles' Asante Samuel will be an indicator.

A stock route the Cowboys love to run is the simple comeback or curl route.  The curl route has the receiver run what looks like a go, straight up the sideline 10-15 (or whatever predetermined depth).  They then curl and comeback toward the quarterback.  The Cowboys like to have their receiver curl toward the sideline.

This route has been the bread and butter of a lot of Miles Austin's success of late (see the Chiefs and Falcons games).

You better believe the ball-hawking Samuel knows this.

Look for Samuel to be eager to jump this route at the slightest hint of a shoulder flinch from Austin.

It will be interesting to see if the Cowboys anticipate this and incorporate some type of double-move to counteract and exploit Samuel's aggressiveness.

The Cowboys could utilize a stop n' go route which can get Samuel to bite on the initial move.  Austin (or name your receiver) would then continue streaking up the sideline for a potential big play.

The Cowboys ability to capitalize on the Eagles' traditionally aggressive defense will be a key to victory.

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