As usual, the 'Pokes have some of the best talent in the NFL, but they haven't been able to bring it to bear on a weekly basis. Sitting at 3-4, Dallas is in a three-way tie for second or last place in the NFC East, depending on how you see the proverbial glass. Either way, the club is only two games out of the catbird's seat and could pull off the trick if it plays more like the Cowboys who destroyed the San Francisco 49ers in the second half of a Week 2 meeting.
On the other hand, as the squad that got obliterated by the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 8, well, the wheels could come off this particular bandwagon.
With the mediocre Seahawks in town, Dallas figured to get a running start into the season's second half. Thus far, however, Seattle isn't cooperating and is giving Big D all it can handle.
Here are five halftime adjustments the Cowboys can make to get the win and pull back to .500:
1. Throw the Ball
In the interest of full disclosure, I loathe the 'Pokes (as any of the Niner faithful must) and think Tony Romo is still overrated. But that still leaves plenty of room for excellence given Tony's rep around the league. The man is a dangerous weapon out there and Seattle's run defense is stout (granted, it's been gashed a couple times by the Dallas rushing attack).
Seems like easy math to me.
2. But Don't Forget About DeMarco Murray
DeMarco Murray is a freakin' beast by the look of things and has already established himself as an asset to be taken seriously in his short time as the starter in the Dallas backfield. Rumor has it, however, that he was also an accomplished receiver in college at Oklahoma.
So even if the Seahawks continue to give little in the way of rushing yards, throw the rock to Murray and let him pancake people that way. Dallas has done some of that in the first half, but why not get him as many touches as possible?
3. Eliminate the Ridiculous Penalties
For the first five minutes of the game, you would've thought the Cowboys were the road team. Jason Witten got a false start penalty before the first snap of the game and things went downhill from there as Dallas' initial drive fizzled.
And then there was that horrendous personal foul on a kickoff that would've otherwise pinned the Seahawks deep in their own territory.
You'd think, based on the profiles' of the teams involved, Dallas' margin of error would be wide enough to weather some stupid flags. That wasn't the case in the first 30 minutes, though.
4. Touchdowns, Not Field Goals
The Cowboys have been able to drive the length of the field on a couple occasions and have had two first downs inside the Seattle 10-yard line, including a 1st-and-goal from the Seahawks' one.
And Dallas settled for field goals on both occasions.
The players obviously have to do better, but the coaches do as well as two incomplete passes were part of the problem during the unsuccessful series from the one-yard line.
5. Play Smart Football
Whenever Dallas has cut out the stupid mental mistakes for more than a few plays at a time, you've seen the disparity in talent between the two teams. But whether it's been inexplicable false starts, moronic personal fouls, ill-advised return decisions on special teams or a killer turnover by Dez Bryant, the Cowboys continue to be their own biggest enemy.
Jason Garrett was supposed to be the answer to the Wade Phillps' special so it's time for the young head coach to do his thing. Tighten up the ship and, as ugly as the first half has been, it should be smooth sailing for the Cowboys.
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