Cowboys: Where To Go During The Bye Week

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Oct 11, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; New England Patriots quarterback

Tom Brady

(12) is sacked by Dallas Cowboys linebacker

Rolando McClain

(55) and defensive end

Greg Hardy

(76) at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Erich Schlegel-USA TODAY Sports

1. Pressure, Finally!

With the return of defensive end Greg Hardy and linebacker Rolando McClain, the defense had some life in pressuring the quarterback. Considering Hardy has been away from football for so long and he racked up two sacks, this bodes well moving forward. Brady is a quarterback who has a very fast release on the football (we won’t talk about all the pick plays and how that correlates) and the fact the Cowboys got to him five times in a half shows this defense could be on the verge of taking over games.

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If the defense can keep this up and build upon this performance, at the end of the season the Cowboys could become a team no one wants to face.

With a healthy Romo moving the ball and allowing the defense to rest, this unit could be scary good late in the year.

If the Cowboys can hang around to make a move at the end of the season, this team could be one of the beasts heading into the playoffs. I believe if Weeden had been able to help the defense a little to stay fresh, this New England game could have gone very differently.

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