Chargers vs. Cowboys – Not To Be Missed
It can be argued whether or not they are truly "America's Team", but the Dallas Cowboys do have a passionate national following and a visit to town is always an event. With a large fan base in Arizona, Southern California and Mexico this is surely to be one of the biggest tickets of the season for visiting fans. The Cowboys made a late run for the playoffs last year, only to lose the final game to the Redskins and the division. Like the last several years this past season was another year of ups and downs for the Cowboys. Their quarterback Tony Romo is indicative of the annual promise the Cowboys show. Romo, like the Cowboys, looks awfully good in many situations, good enough to make you think that they are elite. Unfortunately those high points are often combined with bad decision makings and poorly timed turnovers. Like most franchise quarterbacks the Cowboys will go as far as Tony Romo takes them. With a new big contract they are clearly committed to him for the future.
Romo has nice selection of weapons to choose from on offense between Miles Austin and Dez Bryant at receiver, Jason Witten at tight end, and DeMarco Murray at running back. The offensive line is inconsistent at times but the Cowboys did move to shore up the line by taking Travis Frederick from Wisconsin in the first round to shore up the center position. The Cowboys, and owner/GM Jerry Jones received criticism for drafting Frederick in the first round, but he should be a long term solution at center. The rest of the Cowboys offensive line is still a bit shaky.
On defense the Cowboys have an aging defensive line that if healthy is always a factor. Jerry Jones didn't pick up a defensive lineman in the draft and traded out of the 18th pick when several where available. Jay Ratliff and Demarcus Ware are certainly factors but they've battled injury concerns of the past few years. Dallas had their lowest sack total since 2006 last year with 34 which contributed to a lackluster season by the secondary. If they can improve their sack totals and gets solid corner play from Morris Claiborne and Chris Carr the defense should improve from its shaky 2012 season.