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September 28, 2008

Does this feel like the 2007 Buffalo game?

Maybe so.

The Cowboys offense, which has struggled to get anything going all day against the Redskins, is starting to move the ball.

At the two-minute warning, the Cowboys are at second-and-10 on the Redskins' 23.

Three big completions have moved the 'Boys downfield -- passes of 18 and 20 yards to Jason Witten and a 21-yard pass to Miles Austin.

The Cowboys trail the Redskins by 9 with 1:58 remaining.


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Is it safe to say that Tony Romo is officially in a slump? The coverage was good, but not all his misses were the result of tight coverage. He didn't look sharp against Green Bay last week and he doesn't look much better today. Tony and the offense are going to have to find a way to shake off this slump and kick it into the next gear, or it's going to start heading downhhill fast.

And when is "Mr. Fix It" going to turn this defense into a champioship caliber unit? The defensive unit has had its moments this season, but it's still giving up too many big plays and it shows no signs of improving on it's no. 9 overall ranking in the league.

I'm going out on a limb here by making the statement that it's time to junk this 3-4 defense and go back to playing a 4-3. The players don't seem comfortable in the 3-4. They're not buying into it. No matter how hard you try, you can't shove a square peg into a round hole. It's had its moments, but we're not seeing any consistency from the defense. In this, Wade Phillip's second season, the players should be settled into the 3-4 scheme by now, but it just isn't happening. And we're no seeing any signs that it's going to happen anytime soon.

They have the personnel to make the shift back to the 4-3. Ellis and Ware are the obvious choices at DE, and Ratliff should prosper as a tackle in the mold of Leon Lett. Canty would do nicely at the other tackle spot. Depth may be a bit of a concern on the D line, but the linebacker corp is solid. Let's call the 3-4 a failed experiment here in Dallas.

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