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News: ESPN Schefter: Week 3 10 Spot: Cowboys downplaying run game, shouldn't abandon hope

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  1. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl Everything is everything... Staff Member

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    When Dallas won the NFC East title last season and its first playoff game since 1996, it did so behind its run game. So somebody explain why, during the season's first two games -- both of which it lost -- Dallas has essentially downplayed it. The Cowboys have called 42 run plays and 100 pass plays that have produced two offensive touchdowns. Starting Sunday in the battle against Houston for the Lone Star State, it might be wise for the Cowboys to turn back to Marion Barber, Felix Jones and Tashard Choice to keep the Texans off the field and Dallas in the game.

    Just because nine teams started last season 0-2 and all missed the playoffs does not mean Minnesota and Dallas should abandon hope. All Minnesota has to do is remember 2008, when it joined Miami and San Diego as the three teams that opened 0-2 before turning around their seasons, winning their divisions and making it to the postseason. In fact, since the playoff field was expanded to 12 teams in 1990, 22 teams have made the playoffs after an 0-2 or worse start. That said, Dallas and Minnesota are going to have to play considerably better than they have.

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    Read more: http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/columns/story?columnist=schefter_adam&page=10spot/10week03
  2. Seven

    Seven Messenger to the football Gods

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    ............and you guys wanted to fire Wade. Silly fans.

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