The Dallas Cowboys, coming off arguably their worst performance--a loss to the Titans that saw Pro Bowl guard Leonard Davis pulled in favor of Montrae Holland, a remarkably dumb and detrimental unsportsmanlike conduct penalty by Marc Colombo, and six sacks of Tony Romo--to face arguably the best defensive front in the NFC. Obviously, this doesn’t sound good.
Offensive line coach Hudson Houck, though, isn’t ready to panic.
"I feel good about this group," Houck said, per ESPN Dallas. “We averaged 6.1 yards per rush last week and we're improving in that particular area.”
Sunday will mark the Cowboys’ first trip to the Metrodome since last January’s 34-3 season-ending beatdown, a game that saw Romo running for his life on seemingly every play. Now, at 1-3, the Vikings seem to be a different team than the one Dallas saw last winter--but Houck knows that those Vikings, their defensive front anyway, remains a dangerous group. Particularly with the backdrop of a packed, deafening dome of purple-clad Vikes’ supporters.
"This week we're going in the worst stadium to play in against probably questionably one of the best defenses, personnel wise in the entire league," Houck said. "Now, they don't have all the answers right now either, they're struggling a little bit like we are, because of wins. They're defensive front, I don't want to underrate what we just played against, [but] they had six sacks the week before they played us. They're a pretty good group, but the group we're playing is really, maybe the best we'll face all year, along with the New York Giants.”
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