Cowboys: Week 8 – Five Things

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Oct 25, 2015; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver

Dwayne Harris

(17) runs past Dallas Cowboys kicker

Dan Bailey

(5) for a touchdown in the 2nd half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports

The special teams need to finally be “special” and help win games, not lose them.

After watching the Cowboys’ special teams give up a touchdown in the Giants game, there needs to be improvement this week. The huge issue this season is the failure to maintain lane integrity on the kicking units. It was only a matter of time before the Cowboys gave up a return touchdown. It has been a weakness throughout the season.

On the flip side, the Cowboys need to get more out of their return game. Not fumbling the punt is a start, but even besides that, the Cowboys have been loosing the field position battle and fail to collect long returns. Starting with shorter fields will help the offense and the defense.

The kicking has been solid for the Cowboys this season. Punter Chris Jones has the ability to flip the field and kicker Dan Bailey can make long field goals. These two might be the only players right now on special teams that have been performing to where the Cowboys need them to.

If the Cowboys can get better on special teams it will help them finally get back on the winning track. Most people don’t focus as much on the special teams, but as we saw last week, they have the ability to win or lose a game. This is where special teams coach Rich Bisaccia needs to start earning his paycheck and he hopefully worked with special teams more this week.

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