It is great to be talking and writing about an actual football game and the New York Jets open the season vs. the Dallas Cowboys at home. It’s only Tuesday and I’m so jacked up right now. I can’t imagine what game day will be like for everyone.
So I was thinking about what the major story lines are coming into this game and I can think of four major ones.
First, on paper, Dallas has an explosive offense but will it translate to a win in the first week when they face the best defense in the league, according to Rex Ryan? You have to remember that the Cowboys are probably coming off of one of their worst years in recent memory going 6-10. They also get Tony Romo back who missed most of the season with an injury.
Felix Jones will be the featured back now that Barber has moved on, and will Dez Bryant be the guy in his second year? The two guys that I know won’t have any question marks and scare the hell out of me is Miles Austin and Jason Witten. Witten is a HUGE target for Romo and he fits kind of the same mold as Dustin Keller does for us, a total mismatch for linebackers and the secondary except the difference is Witten gets about 90 catches and 9 TDs. That is some scarey output for a tight end.
So here are the 4 Major Story Lines for the Cowboys Game
3. The Ryan Brothers Go at it Again, Rex HC, Rob Defensive Coordinator
These two brothers have a history of ripping each other when their teams face off in the past, but they made it known that they are going to tone it down out of respect for 9/11 and also with what their father is going through battling cancer.
4. Buddy Ryan in Attendance despite his Cancer Battle
Buddy Ryan has reprieve from his doctor to be in NY to see the game. Buddy received bad news last week that medical test confirmed he has glandular cancer.
Rex with his Father Buddy
Per Bob Glauber – He will require surgery almost immediately to remove the tumor from his neck area.
But Ryan, the father of Jets coach Rex Ryan and Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan , told his surgeon he wants to do one thing before the operation. “I asked the doctor if it would be OK to go to the game before I had the surgery,” Ryan said yesterday in an interview with Newsday from his Kentucky horse farm. “He said I could go.”
Buddy used to coach for the New York Jets when they went to the Super Bowl with Joe Namath. The Ryan brothers were wee little lads on the sidelines learning the game.
All Ryan's Will be In Attendance for the 9-11 Game
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