There is a lot of pressure on the Cowboys defense to hold up against quarterback Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos Sunday.
After giving up 506 yards, including 401 yards passing, in last Sunday's 30-21 loss to the Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers, it's task the defense can't shoulder alone.
They will need help from the offense to not only control ball but also take advantage of it's own opportunities _ something that didn't happen against the Chargers when it converted only three of nine third down chances and didn't score in the second half to help stem the tide.
The driving-killing offensive failures included dropped passes by tight end Jason Witten and receiver Dez Bryant and fumble by receiver Terrance Williams in the second half.
"You got to keep those drives extended and I think it shows when your'e going against a good offense, how important every drive is and every opportunity you have," tight end Jason Witten said. "You look at that game last week, seven eight plays in the third quarter, you're not getting a lot of opportunities at it, you got to execute and make play. 100 percent (that's the mission with Manning this week). You got to do things to keep drives alive and take advantage of your opportunities."
Guard Brian Waters was in full agreement. He said the offense let the defense down against the Chargers and will need to be up to the task against the Broncos.
"It's human nature to feel you have to do something," Waters said of the need to keep pace when the opposing offense is rolling. "You can't keep going out there and go three and out.You have to answer back. You cant feel panic about it. But you definitely have to have a a sense of urgency. You can't allow your defense to go right back out there. You have to make some first downs and move the ball.And put yourself in positions to score. And when they give you some opportunities you have to take advantage of it. So that’s the key. Limit the opportunities they get and take full advantage of the opportunities you get."Clarence Hill