The Cowboys are out of their rut of 8-8 seasons. The NFC East Champs are in the playoffs where Romo is 1-3. What do they need to do to get the win versus Ndamakong Suh and the Lions?
1. Control the clock. Run the ball. Pick up first downs. Running the ball will also gas out this Defensive front and give Romo more time on passing downs.
2. Get the gimmes. Convert on short yardages and goaline opportunities. Win your one on one matchups on offense, and on defense don’t lose yours and don’t miss tackles. If you have to kick field goals, make them. Force holding calls and pass interference calls. Turn their mistakes into opportunities and score off of them.
3. Don’t let Calvin Johnson turn into Megatron. Keep him human. Get to Stafford. Speed up his clock. Play physical with him and throw different looks at him and Johnson. But don’t forget about Golden Tate. He is their leading receiver this year.
4. Be bigger than the moment. Don’t let your emotions get the best if you. Play sound football and trust your preparation. Stay focused on the task at hand. Your only goal is to win. Match their intensity and be willing to fight for 60 minutes.
(Talent + Preparation) x Opportunity ÷ (Teamwork – Mistakes) = Winning