SportsNet - October 2012
The Cowboys are in trouble. They’re coming off a heartbreaking loss to the Giants in which they clawed their way back from a 23 point deficit only to have Dez Bryant’s game-winning touchdown catch in the final minute called back because his fingertips were out of bounds as he landed. They have been anything but consistent all season; playing different football every different week. The problems multiply as the season goes on, and eventually you begin to realize that even if the Cowboys were to win their division and make the playoffs they would be as flimsy a threat as they were in 2008, when they were the no. 1 seed and were ousted (by the Giants) in the divisional round. It would be difficult for me to tell you that there is hope because, after all, I’ve seen this movie before. We all have.
However, there actually is hope for this team. They can turn it around and salvage what is rapidly turning into yet another completely disappointing season—which would make it arguably the 9th straight completely disappointing season for “America’s Team”. Here are 3 changes the Cowboys must make if they want to reverse the losing trend in Dallas:
It’s a pretty amazing phenomenon.
He’s the starting signal-caller on the nation’s top-ranked team. He leads the country in quarterback rating. Unlike over-ballyhooed leaders in the past, like Gino Torretta and Danny Wuerffel and Jason White and Troy Smith, who parlayed hype into Heismans despite not even cracking top-5 status on their own teams, this guy actually is his team’s top dog.
Only no one knows it … yet.
AJ McCarron – remember the name … for once.
If ever a quarterback on a powerhouse deserved recognition, it is the junior for No. 1 Alabama. Not only are his numbers remarkably efficient, but his play is ridiculously smooth. His throws are right on the money – perfect spiral, just in the right spot, where only his receiver can catch it. To that end, McCarron has completed 68.9 percent of his pass attempts, tossed 18 TDs and been picked off … well, he hasn’t been picked off at all.
Andriy Arshavin has hailed the impact of Theo Walcott‘s strike in first-half injury time against Reading in the Capital One Cup, saying it gave Arsenal the belief to go on and win despite trailing by four goals.
The Russian forward was in fine form for the Gunners at the Madejski Stadium, getting three assists as the team scored three second-half goals to level the game before going on to win 7-5 win in extra time.
The 31-year-old playmaker feels his side's ability to get back into the tie hinged on Walcott's delicate lob over Adam Federici in the 46th minute, as Arsenal's confidence grew in the second half.
"I think it was important that we scored one goal before halftime because it helped us believe that maybe it was possible," he told Arsenal Player. "I think we showed spirit because you cannot come back from 4-0 down if you don't have spirit. Also I think we were lucky and the referee added extra minutes and we equalized at the end of stoppage time."
Manchester United Transfer Rumors: Will Wilfried Zaha's Sign With Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham Or Man. U?
Zaha was born in the Ivory Coast but is a current England under-21 international. He plays as a forward for Crystal Palace and he’s been there since 2009. Zaha is known as one of the best England starlets of our time and has huge potential. Many believe Zaha plays a bit like Red Bull star Thierry Henry but he won’t live up to Henry’s legacy unless he makes the move to the Premier League.
But which club should he join?
Manchester United are endowed with attacking talent and a new arrival probably isn’t needed at the moment. With van Persie, Rooney, Hernandez, Welbeck, Young, Valencia and Nani United probably aren’t going to punt for Zaha. That’s not to mention United starlets such as Keane, Bebe and Henriquez. He wouldn’t want to join a club where he’s not going to get much playing time either.
Arsenal are also blessed with attacking talent. However Zaha is better than most of their options. All Arsenal fans would definitely welcome the arrival of Zaha and he would certainly fit in their squad. But if Zaha has the option to join Arsenal or United and he’s given assurances of game time, he’ll most definitely join the Red Devils.
Kansas City Chiefs at San Diego Chargers Preview: Plotting A Chiefs Defensive Game Plan for Romeo Crennel To Use To Stop Philip Rivers And Antonio Gates
With both head coaches under intense pressure, Thursday night's contest between the Kansas City Chiefs and San Diego Chargers is a desperate game for both AFC West strugglers. If the 1-6 Chiefs hope to win on the road, they will need their defense to lead the way.
Head coach Romeo Crennel must scheme ways to stop quarterback Philip Rivers, tight end Antonio Gates and the rest of the Chargers' offense. Crennel and his defense should follow these two keys.
Double Coverage for TE Antonio Gates
Crennel has had success against the Chargers in the past by taking away Rivers' favourite target, tight end Antonio Gates. Smothering the prolific veteran again will be vital for Crennel's defense.
Crennel must use different combinations of linebackers, safeties and slot corners to bracket Gates. It will be important for the Chiefs to regularly bump Gates and deny him a clean release off the line.
Taking away Rivers' most trusted receiver will force him out of his comfort zone and could lead to some critical turnovers.
Mix up Pressure looks and Blitz packages