Year after year, I and other Dallas Cowboys fans go into the NFL season asking the same questions: Will this be OUR year? Will we make it to the playoffs? Will Tony Romo jump over his many hurdles? Will the Cowboys break my heart once again? For America’s Team, 2012 is no different. As usual, we are loaded with talent. I say WE, because I’ve been a part of this team since I was 8 years old. I’m more than a fan, and there are many like me. We pour ourselves into this team every season, and we are waiting for some kind of payoff. The 2012 Dallas Cowboys had a very good offseason. We drafted very well, and we picked up some much-needed help on defense. Since there is no lockout, we are well rested and banged up players we lost are rehabilitated. Costly injuries last year made a huge impact on last season. In a year where other teams are dealing with contract disputes and troubles with the law, it’s been relatively quiet for the Cowboys. I’m not a big fan of Jerry Jones as a GM, or of his incessant need to be the face of my Cowboys. However, he has done a good job this off season adding the right pieces, and letting go of underused players. The NFC East will be difficult, but I’m confident that the Cowboys will be in the mix. Here is more on the 2012 Dallas Cowboys.
Fantasy Football Studs: Tony Romo is a Fantasy Football stud! That’s right, I said it. I’m not going to bore you with his stats, but he is top 10 in yards and touchdowns. People should not let their hatred of Romo or the Cowboys sway them from drafting him (or any other Cowboy for that matter). Another is TE Jason Witten. He has consistently been one of the best TEs in the league–definitely the best in this division. WRs Dez Bryant and Miles Austin are capable of putting up great numbers for a fantasy team. The running game will be effective behind the running tandem of DeMarco Murray and Felix Jones, who have home run hitter ability. Like I said we are stacked with talent! Lastly, the Cowboys defense is a much improved unit that will shut down offenses and score points.
Area of Strength: This Cowboys’ passing game is very potent. Tony Romo has a career passer rating of 96.9. Last season he had his best statistical year, throwing for 31 TDs and just 10 INTs. The season also included 4184 passing yards and a 102.5 passer rating. And with Pro Bowl caliber guys like Witten, Austin, and Bryant on the other end of those passes, the Cowboys passing game will be hard for anyone to stop. The one thing that also makes this passing game dangerous effectiveness in the red zone. We have a great running game, but Romo is very good at finding one of his big targets in the end zone.
Area of Weakness: Tony Romo, the quarterback, is great. His statistics are some of the best in the league. Last year, he had the 4th best passer rating, the 5th most touchdowns, and the 7th most passing yards. Great numbers! It’s Tony Romo, the leader, that’s the weakest part of this team. All the talent in the world is on this team, but no effective leader. Our leader has to be the quarterback, and sadly Romo hasn’t been that. I don’t know if he can’t or he won’t. But it’s been a problem. I have to admit, I get chills seeing Drew Brees out on the field and be that vocal and emotional leader for his team. I’ve heard stories about how Troy Aikman got in players faces, including defensive players, to get them to play better or give more effort on the field. Romo has to be that leader. That could be the difference between a winning season or another disappointment.
2012 Marquee Matchups: We take on division foe, the Giants, in Week 1, and have no more division games til Week 8. We also take on many tough teams outside the division. Week 6 we travel to Baltimore, and Week 9, we go to Atlanta. And finally, in the last 4 weeks of the regular season, we have Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, New Orleans, and the always tough matchup–the Redskins.
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