News: BTB: Mounting Injuries May Have Dallas Cowboys Looking Ahead To Saying Good Bye

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    Mounting Injuries May Have Dallas Cowboys Looking Ahead To Saying Good Bye
    by KD Drummond

    This Sunday's early October game against Detroit could prove extremely vital to the Dallas weather forecast come January. Dallas has the opportunity to move to 3-0 against the NFC on the season with a win. It would also cement an important tie breaker with a team that appears to be a playoff contender, something that could come in handy.

    After Sunday's game against the temporarily undefeated Detroit Lions, Dallas will have faced four teams currently in Football Outsider's Top 12 in Defensive DVOA. The Jets are ranked sixth (after being first before Sunday), 49ers fourth, Redskins 12th and the Lions are ranked second.

    DVOA stands for Defense-Adjusted Value Over Average. It's a metric that compares performance on a play-by-play basis to what the average NFL result is in the given down, distance and game situation.

    DVOA breaks down every single play of the NFL season to see how much success offensive players achieved in each specific situation compared to the league average in that situation, adjusted for the strength of the opponent.

    Things start to get better after the bye week, when Dallas hopes to have a relatively healthy roster for the first time since the first quarter of the season opener. Obviously the team isn't looking ahead, but as fans our focus has no such limitations.

    By Week 6, Tony Romo should have a much better handle on his cracked baby back, and it's expected Dez Bryant's thigh bruise will be healed by then as well. A healthy Miles Austin hamstring and a sturdier shoulder for Felix Jones are possible as well.

    Room for improvement exists with each opponent, but the unbalanced middle of the Cowboys schedule contains the following teams with their current, respective Defensive DVOA ranks: Patriots (30), Rams (32), Eagles (24), Seahawks (15), Bills (19), Redskins (12), Dolphins (31), Cardinals (18). The Cowboys could be poised to go on a powerful run of point gouging in the near future....

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