The Dallas Cowboys will look to win back to back games for the first time this season when they take on in-state rival Houston Texans Sunday night. So far this season Dallas has been good at home, but terrible on the road. In two road games, this season Dallas has managed to score only 19 points. The good news for Dallas is that the Texans are struggling this season with a record of 1-3. So what must Dallas do to leave Houston with a winning record for the first time all year? Here are my five keys to victory.
1. Be aggressive on offense.
In the two road games, this season Dallas has played it extremely conservative and their offense has sputtered. In both road games, Dallas has fallen behind by double digits. However, in the two home games, Dallas has come out aggressive and taken deep shots on one of the first two drives. Both times they connected on the deep throws and it led to Dallas scoring the first points of the game. Dallas needs to take a shot early and get the early lead against Houston.
2. Feed Zeke
This will likely be a key to victory every week, but just because it’s obvious doesn’t mean it isn’t true. Ezekiel Elliott is the Cowboys best player and proved last week how great his impact on the game can be. It is unrealistic to expect Zeke to repeat the production he had last week. What Dallas can do is give him around the same number of touches.
3. Put pressure on Deshaun Watson
Dallas has been very effective at getting pressure on opposing QB’s this season. That’s a trend that must continue on Sunday. Most of the sacks have come from Demarcus Lawrence, but he could get some help this weekend with the return of David Irving from suspension. If Dallas can make Watson uncomfortable it will help keep him from getting the ball downfield to his talented wide receivers.
4. Contain the Houston WR’s
Speaking of those talented wide receivers, the Cowboys secondary will face a stiff test on Sunday. Byron Jones and Chidobe Awuzie will have the task of containing DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller. The two have combined for 47 catches, 706 yards and 5 touchdowns. If Dallas is going to win they must contain the two Wide receivers on Sunday.
5. Make a play on special teams.
I believe this will be a closely contested game. With that said it could come down to a big play on special teams. It might be a big punt or kickoff return by Tavon Austin. It could be a blocked punt or field goal. Dallas hasn’t had a big special teams play this season. If they can make one on Sunday night I believe they will leave Houston with a victory.
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