Cowboys – Week 7 Five Things

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Oct 11, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback

Brandon Weeden

(3) throws in the pocket against the New England Patriots at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

A lot has been written about the Cowboys recent struggles getting the ball down the field. That could change.

The shortcomings of Brandon Weeden have been written in a lot of different places, so they won’t get rehashed here. However, a change to Matt Cassel could allow the team to test the secondary more than the conservative play calling that had been in place under Weeden. Cassel has a better ability to read a defense than Weeden, however, expectations need to be tempered, Cassel was traded from the Bills.

All of this being said, if wide receiver Dez Bryant returns and the Cowboys find a way to open up the running game, it should provide an instant improvement over the last few games. Testing the suspect Giants secondary should be one of the first things done this Sunday. Pushing the safeties back will in-turn help the running game as well.

If the Cowboys can indeed get some balls over the top, it should allow for easier reads and better progressions for Cassel which will help him greatly. The offensive line must protect better, and with a switch at guard to La’el Collins, it should be possible.

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