Enemy Intel: Cowboys' defense 'can't win games'

Enemy Intel: Cowboys' defense 'can't win games'
December 26, 2012, 4:15 pm
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The Cowboys’ defense is past its breaking point. ESPN Dallas Cowboys beat writer Calvin Watkins said the following after last Sunday’s 34-31 overtime loss to the Saints

The Dallas Cowboys defense can't win games for this franchise right now. Injuries, new players at key positions and missed plays are some of the reasons.

It's asking too much of defensive coordinator Rob Ryan to work magic.

The Cowboys' season rests with the offense and we'll see if it can carry the Cowboys into the postseason.

Starting with their first meeting on Thanksgiving in Dallas, the defenses of the Cowboys and Redskins have been moving in opposite directions. On the season, Dallas has given up an average of 24.8 points per game, the Redskins 24.7. But starting with that Thanksgiving game Washington has allowed an average of 23.2 per game while the Cowboys have been tagged with an average of 29.5 per game.

Watkins said that Tony Romo, Dez Bryant, Jason Witten and the Cowboys offense will have to carry the team into the postseason. They have had a hot hand lately but they haven’t been quite as hot as the Redskins have been. Going back to Thanksgiving, the Cowboys have put up 29.4 points per game. The Redskins have been just a shade better, scoring 30.2 points per game.

It is also worth noting that the Cowboys are 3-2 in their last five games and Washington is 5-0.

Of course, anything can happen in one game. But the trends say that Romo and company will have a very difficult time winning the game if the Dallas defense can’t get anything done.

Cowboys also practice indoors

The Redskins took their practice into their bubble today as morning snow followed by rain made their practice fields dangerously sloppy.

They got snow yesterday in Dallas and the Cowboys’ practice fields were iced over.

"We just can't get out on our fields. It's all ice," Jason Garrett said Wednesday. "So we don't have all the necessary equipment to thaw it out to the point where we're able to practice, so we've got to go to the stadium."

They took a bus to their massive stadium for their workout.

It would benefit both teams to be able to practice in the elements as the conditions are expected to be wintry on Sunday night in Landover, MD. Snow is expected on Saturday and temperatures are forecast to be in the mid-30’s at kickoff. It will get colder from there.

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