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News: ESPN NFCE: Graziano: Cowboys got pushed around in Seattle

Discussion in 'News Zone' started by WoodysGirl, Sep 17, 2012.

  1. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl U.N.I.T.Y Staff Member

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    By Dan Graziano | ESPN.com

    Before Sunday's game in Seattle, I thought the matchups between the Dallas Cowboys' wide receivers and the Seattle Seahawks' cornerbacks could go either way. In Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman, the Seahawks have two of the biggest, tallest and most physical corners in the game. So it was certainly possible that they could out-muscle Cowboys receivers Miles Austin, Dez Bryant and Kevin Ogletree all day and make it tough for them to find easy freedom down the field. It was also possible, if they didn't do that, that the Cowboys' receivers could win with their speed, which appeared to be their advantage over that big Seattle secondary.

    Unfortunately for the Cowboys, it went that first way. The Seattle defense beat up Austin and Bryant and Ogletree, and other than Austin's second-quarter touchdown catch, the passing game couldn't get anything going. I often say on here that Bryant is a physical mismatch for any defensive back who tries to cover him. In Seattle, he may have found the exceptions.

    It was a similar story in the run game, where the offensive line was unable to open holes for DeMarco Murray. It was a similar story on the other side of the ball, where the Cowboys got very little pressure on rookie quarterback Russell Wilson and their defensive front got pushed around and beaten up physically in the run game by the Seattle offensive line in the second half.

    These things happen, of course, and it's the NFL and it was a road game in a notoriously tough place to play. But all of the special teams mistakes and the defensive game-planning issues people are upset about this morning take a back seat, for me, to the fact that the Cowboys simply weren't physical enough to hang in the game with the Seahawks.

    Read more: http://espn.go.com/blog/nfceast/post/_/id/43253/cowboys-got-pushed-around-in-seattle
  2. halcyon

    halcyon Member

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    Unfortunately (and this almost never happens, i.e. I do not agree with espn writers) I agree with this article.

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