Our Secondary vs TO, Crayton, & Williams - if there was ever a time that we need McFadden back it's this coming weekend. We're going to need him, Ike, and Deshea to cover these three and our Safeties are going to be in a lot of tackling if the pass rush doesn't get there.
Our LB's and Safeties vs Witten - the dude is such a big target with great hands and hard to bring down. if you match a LB up on it one on one that's a matchup you are going to lose atleast 50% of the time under normal circumstances so they're going to have to watch the middle of the field like a hawk and crowd that intermediate stuff when they can to slow him down. He is Romo's safety valve.
Pass rush vs Cowboys OL - this is where we win or lose the game. If we can get to Romo and pressure him we'll be ok but if we don't and we allow him time to see the field, scramble around at will and just generally don't get pressure it's going to be tough. Our DB's are good but they can't cover everybody all day long so just like always our pass rush has got be on in a big way this weekend. We need Casey, A. Smith, and Kirschke along with the reserves to get a good push and not let Romo get comfortable.
Steeler front 7 vs Barber - Dallas 16th in the league in rushing so they aren't great but they aren't bad either. Barber is banged up but if he gets going he can be hard to stop so the run D needs to stay stoudt and not over persue. If they do that we could end up having another Kevin Faulk thing going down again. I like our chances vs the Dallas run game, they don't scare you too much and we're the best vs the run but still you have to be careful and take care of business.
Our OL vs Cowboys DL - again this is where we win or lose. Ware and his counterparts are big on pressure and they all have good motors so our guys are going to have to be on their game and give Ben time along with opening holes for FWP and Moore. I think our run blocking can open holes once they get going but it's imperative that Ben has time to see the field and I'd like to see him role out alittle more and avoid that pass rush as much as he can.
Hines and Holmes are going to have to get open and not allow themselves to get swallowed up and I think Heath could have a big game. Both he and Spaeth could be the x factors in this one.
Romo isn't afraid of a pass rush but if you get pressure on him he'll make some errants throws and bad decisions so our guys have to keep doing what their doing. If you give him time he'll pick us apart. This should be a great game all around I think and another real good test of where this team is.