With the Arizona Cardinals facing the Dallas Cowboys this weekend, Blogging The Boys and Revenge of the Birds swapped podcast appearances. I appeared as a guest on their show and then Rabblerousr, who is the the site's lead writer, joined me for about 45 minutes of a great interview.
In the most recent podcast show, I spoke with Rabble about a whole bunch of things with the Cowboys.
I asked about the loss to the Redskins and how that happened. Rabble said the game had the look of a classic trap game, but there are concerns. Washington didn't bring any blitzes that the Cowboys hadn't seen. They just did it more often. There is a possibility Washington showed the league the blueprint to beat Dallas.
I asked Rabble to go back to the offseason and point to what moves have made the difference. He pointed out back in January when Scott Linehan became the offensive coordinator and Rod Marinelli became defensive coordinator. Those two moves were more or less the turning point.
We talked Tony Romo and DeMarco Murray. We talked injuries. He told me Murray, as good as he has been, has left yards on the field and, should he go down, because of the play of the offensive line, there is no reason to believe the backup wouldn't be effective.
As for Romo, up until the Washington game, this season has been described as a Romo Renaissance, as he is moving around so much better than in previous years because his protection is so much better.
I got information on the Cowboys injuries. The two starting linemen who have missed practice this week are probably 50/50 propositions. That would be a blow to the Dallas offense. In essence, Arizona is facing Dallas at a very fortunate time -- they might face Dallas with Branden Weeden at quarterback with a pair of backup linemen.
Rabble debunked the myth that the Dallas defense is playing better. He said the numbers look about the same. The only difference is that the defense is playing less, which has been the difference.
What about matchups? What is the most favorable matchups and least favorable?
The most favorable, despite the play of the defensive line of Arizona, is the Dallas offensive line against the Arizon front seven. Rabble explains how Dallas has completely manhandled opposing teams' defensive front. He believes this can continue, even with a very good Arizona line.
However, the matchup that scares him is the Cardinals receivers up against Dallas' secondary. The speed of John Brown is a very scary proposition.
In the end, Rabble still predicts a Dallas win.
Make sure you listen to this show. It is one of the best preview interviews I have had since starting up the podcast last year. Use the player at the top of the article or the player below. You can also download it directly or subscribe to it on iTunes or Stitcher Radio.
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