Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 11/16/12
This game marks the beginning of the Cowboys' three-game home stretch that would allow them to propel themselves into the playoff picture.However, their new stadium has been anything but home field advantage with the Cowboys losing four out of the their last five at home. The Browns on the other hand at 2-7 are just looking out for themselves as players are fighting for a roster spot at this point.With how both teams of played this one looks to get ugly and ugly fast.No. 1: Josh Gordon will burn Morris Claiborne twice for long touchdownsWhile first round draft pick Morris Claiborne started the year looking very promising opposite side of free agent acquisition Brandon Carr, last week Claiborne simply looked lost against Eagles. He was usually matched up on wide receiver Jeremy Maclin who was just harassing him the whole game.Both DeSean Jackson and Maclin are know for the big play making abilities but Claiborne kept biting on double moves that allowed Maclin to get free several times, which either resulted in a long completion or a penalty on Claiborne for offensive pass interference. Maclin also scored on a long touchdown pass by Michael Vick's replacement Nick Foles, which was an obvious blown coverage by Claiborne and the Cowboys' secondary.Heading into this week he will be facing the Browns' deceptively fast wide receiver, Josh Gordon, who is also a big-play threat. Gordon has had a nice year so far and is averaging 21.9 yards per reception, which leads the league. In the past five games he has burned defenses for four long touchdowns. Unless the Cowboys decide to match up Carr on Gordon, it looks like Claiborne is going to be in for another long day.No. 2: DeMarco Murray, if active, will rush for over 150 yards and two touchdownsWhile Dallas's offense has not performed up to it's potential, they have been without one of their biggest weapons in running back DeMarco Murray. Murray has missed the last four games with a foot injury, but is showing positives signs on returning for the game on Sunday.The Dallas rushing attack since has been sub-par and the Cowboys have had to primarily rely on their passing game to keep them in games. However going against the Browns defense this week, the Cowboys' running game should get back on track in a big way.The last three games the Browns have given up over 500 yards on the ground and 170 per game. If Murray's foot holds up he's going to be in for a big game for Big D.No. 3: Tony Romo's turnover problems return, he will turn the ball over three times or more Last week Tony Romo played a every efficient game against the rival Eagles and did not turn over the football once through the entire game. The past two games Romo has avoided throwing a pick and has played well but it seems that every time it looks like he puts his turnover issues behind him they creep back up.The Browns' defense has forced 15 turnovers this season and have given the other NFC East teams a run for their money. The Browns picked off Michael Vick four times before the Eagles came back to narrowly escape by one point and they also jumped on Eli Manning and the Giants with an early 17-7 lead before falling apart in the second half.Romo will pile up passing yards against a pass defense ranked 22nd in the league, but his gun-slinging tendencies will inevitably catch up to him. The more he gambles the more he will lose against the Browns' cornerback tandem of Sheldon Brown and Joe Haden.Rob Ryan so far this season has done a pretty job overall considering the inconsistency on offense. The defense has kept the Cowboys in many games this year despite turnovers by Tony Romo, who has more interceptions than touchdown so far this season.DeMarcus Ware is having another standout year so expect the pressure on Brandon Weeden to force him into some bad throws as well. The Browns are looking for some kind of glimmer of hope from this team to prepare for next season but their only cornerstone at this point seems to be running back Trent Richardson who has had a great rookie year with 575 yards rushing.Weeden on the other hand has been just a lackluster as his predecessor Colt McCoy and it seems that unless he drastically improves his days as Cleveland's starter are numbered.
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