The NFL released each team’s schedule Wednesday, and the Dallas Cowboys got a pleasant surprise in their week 1 matchup. At first, playing the San Francisco 49ers looks to be a tough matchup for Dallas. The 49ers are one of the best teams in the NFL, and they will be better on offense in 2014 because they will be healthier. The fact of the matter is that Cowboy fans should be happy that their team is playing the 49ers in week 1 and here is why:
49ers will be without Navorro Bowman and Aldon Smith
Since Jim Harbaugh has taken over this team, him and defensive coordinator Vic Fangio have done special things with this defense. Navorro Bowman and Aldon Smith are two of the best players on this defense and they could very well be on the sidelines for the week 1 matchup. Unfortunately, Bowman suffered a torn ACL in the NFC Championship against the Seattle Seahawks. In Smith’s case, he will most likely be suspended from the team because of his latest incident at the Los Angeles Airport. Smith has had two DUIs in the past two years and with his latest the incident, the question remains, will the 49ers extend him after his rookie contract is up? The answer is yet to be determined, but one thing is for sure, the Cowboys will have an easier time moving the ball against this defense because of the absences of Bowman and Smith.
How this helps the Cowboys
It is real simple… Tony Romo will have more time to look through his reads and DeMarco Murray will have more open space running the football. Smith is an impact pass rusher who can get through double teams. Tyron Smith will be happy to not see Smith lining up in front of him. Although he doesn’t get much notoriety because he is next to Patrick Willis, Bowman is an instinctive linebacker who has a knack for finding the football. The absences of these two players will help the Cowboys start off the 2014 NFL season with a 1-0 record.