Black & Gold Xs & Os: Offensive Gameplan Vs. The Cowboys

Posted: 18th December 2009 by Will Osgood in NFL
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We're now hours from kickoff. The more I think about it the more it seems Pierre Thomas should beáa star Saturday night. The main reason is that he normally plays very well in primetime games. More relevant, though, is the fact the Cowboys defense is set up almost perfectly for Pierre to explode. They play a 3-4 with their outside backers generally playing on the L.O.S., similar to what Miami does, which makes it practically a 5-2. With this alignment, the middle of the line tends to be wide open for running. Of course, formation does affect the way the defense lines up, but this 5-2 look is what you will often get from Dallas in base down situations. Coverage-wise, the Cowboys playáa lot of Two-Man. This means they play the two high safeties, which play half the field, and have their co ...

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