Though every Cowboys’ fan knew that it’s a bye week for Dallas, Sunday still seems like a very odd day. No screaming, no chanting and definitely no game to watch. However as for the members of the team, the ‘break’ is just what they needed to concentrate on how they can work on their game and finally grab hold of victory again. Despite all the pressure and the adverse circumstances, the Cowboys still have plenty of things to be thankful for.
The fact that the team didn’t have to play last Sunday somehow meant a lot. It only indicates that Tony Romo’s required eight-week stay on the IR-designated to return list has been reduced by one week. Instead of sitting out for eight games, he will just have to miss. Since Romo fractured his left clavicle, the team has lost three consecutive games. It has been devastating for the Cowboys but considering that Tony will be back after four more games sheds hope on their ailing offensive line.
It has been five weeks without Dez Bryant but luckily, they don’t have to suffer that much since he will be back on the field after the next game, just one more game. Recent reports unveiled that the Dallas Cowboys are still hoping Bryant can play against the New York Giants this upcoming Sunday. Just a few days ago, Bryant was spotted doing some football activities as part of his on-field conditioning which could be a good sign for the team.
Another reason to appreciate the Cowboys’ bye week even more is that we’re going to see them play with a complete lineup of pass-rushers the moment they enter MetLife Stadium. A healthier Randy Gregory is expected to join the group along with Greg Hardy, DeMarcus Lawrence, Tyrone Crawford and Jeremy Mincey.
Two weeks is more than enough to help these guys prepare as well as restore their energy for a new action-packed showdown. Watching these five defensive linemen hit the arena together for the first time could make the difference they were looking for.
The Dallas Cowboys are going forward with Matt Cassel as their starting quarterback, putting Brandon Weeden aside. Rookie La’el Collins will take over the left guard position in place of veteran member Ron Leary who had an unsatisfactory performance against New England.
Feeling better after his hamstring injury, Brice Butler will accompany his buddies at the WR spot while running back Christine Michael is anticipated to earn the starting role after the coaches saw what he’s capable of.
Focusing on the positive things will definitely give the Cowboys the courage and strength to carry on in spite of all the challenges they’ve been facing.