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Perfect Time for a Bye - This Is Sports Zone

In the world of the NFL, bye weeks tend to be a major part of conversation the second the schedules come out. Whether its players seeing when they get that much needed break, fans trying to predict their team’s chances of making a run at the Super Bowl or fans picking their fantasy teams and trying to make sure they don’t have to many guys on bye in the same week. Well for me personally I do all of these things. As a Dallas Cowboys fan, when the schedule first came out I was quite disappointed with a week 6 bye. Just last year they had a bye in week 11 and went 5-1 over their remaining 6 games averaging 34.3 ppg and even won a playoff game and should have won another (I won’t get started on the “it was a catch” conversation). Then this year’s schedule came out, a week 6 bye and needless to say, I wasn’t thrilled. But now that the season has started I couldn’t be happier that the Cowboys have this early bye. Between major injuries to rookie defensive end Randy Gregory, star receiver Dez Bryant and of course quarterback Tony Romo, this bye comes at a much needed time. The Cowboys have completely fallen apart mainly on offense, after a much needed 2-0 start against two division opponents. They have lost 3 games in a row, blowing leads in 2 of the 3 games all with Brandon Weeden at quarterback. If you look at this team going into the bye they have plenty of issues that need fixing that go well beyond just injuries. They are struggling running the ball, throwing outside the numbers and downfield, the receivers are struggling against man to man coverage and the defense has been a roller coaster ride. These are some of the main reasons the bye comes at a perfect time.

It was widely reported that this Cowboys team has plenty to change during its bye starting with a change at quarterback with Matt Cassel stepping in. Now personally I am not thrilled about this, mainly because I just want my quarterback behind center, Tony Romo. Dallas is also looking at giving Christine Michael a larger role and starting rookie guard La’el Collins at left guard over young veteran Ronald Leary. The Cowboys also should be getting Randy Gregory back and we’ve already seen defensive end Greg Hardy make his presence felt. This is all well and good but to me nothing is more impactful then Dallas getting their bye week at the perfect time. The main reason it’s the perfect time is that this team needed the ability to look at itself in the mirror and realize that it has enough talent to win without its two biggest stars and keep the ship afloat until they return. The offensive coaches need to reevaluate their thoughts of this offense and put the players they do have in better positions to succeed. Defensively, I believe this team just needs time to gel because there is no denying the talent level on that side of the ball. Now I know what a lot of you are probably saying while reading this “Even with all this it’s so much better to have a late bye week” and you know what, I would usually agree with you, but this year for this team that is definitely not the case.

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