JEFF: Lots of O in Big D
By Jeff Falconio
You absolutely, positively do not want to miss the start of the Packers-Cowboys game. Dallas starts fast. They've scored on their first possession in four of the last five games. That's not good news for the Packers, who conversely have not started fast recently. Everybody is so quick to talk about Tony Romo and Terrell Owens but Dallas's offense runs much deeper than that.
First, you have one of the best two-headed combos in the backfield. Julius Jones runs between the 20s while Marion Barber comes in for red zone situations. Barber is the bigger threat. He can punish you physically and has the speed to break off a long one if he's spelling Jones. Next you have Jason Witten. One of the better pass-catching tight ends in the game, Witten has been a headache for opposing defensive coordinators. Expect to see plenty of him throughout the game. If Wade Phillips is smart, he'll attack Green Bay's linebackers the same way Washington and Kansas City did.
Of course, there is Romo. He's ice under pressure and can make incredible throws. However, he can make mistakes and his 13 interceptions are indicative of that. Plus he's still fairly unseasoned. Romo has only started 21 games and one can't help but look back at how Romo fanned out in the final month of 2006. Will he fade down the stretch again? Oh, I didn't forget about T.O. He's putting up incredible numbers and opens up the field for Dallas's other receivers. If Owens can take over the way he did against the Redskins a few weeks back, the Packers will have a slim window to win in Dallas.