1. Getting to Romo
Following a year in which he established a Cowboys record by passing for 4,903 yards, QB Tony Romo has produced at a similar rate through the first two games of 2013. Romo has averaged 280 yards per game through the air, and has completed a league-best 72.5 percent of his passes.
2. Ogletree vs. Witten:
While WR Dez Bryant will be sure to gain considerable attention from Rams defensive backs this week, TE Jason Witten often serves a favorite target on third down and in the red zone. Witten was held to 12 yards on three catches in the Cowboys’ Week 2 loss to Kansas City, but grabbed eight passes for 70 yards in Dallas’ 36-31, season-opening win over the New York Giants. Ogletree had a strong showing in Week 2 while defending Tony Gonzalez, and will be tasked with a similar challenge this week in Witten.
3. Establish the Running Game
The Rams look to open up opportunities on the ground in Week 3. Leading rusher RB
“In the running game, I think we have a lot of room for improvement,” Schottenheimer said. “We put ourselves in some positions where we haven’t had favorable numbers, whether it was the score board or just some heavy boxes and stuff trying to run against. It just comes down to execution. I think we’ve kind of tightened things down a little bit this week in the plan, and we know what we’re good at. They do a lot of ‘two-Tampa’ and some things like that, so try to get back just to a real simple plan rule, core group of plays that we want to try to feature and hopefully that helps.”
4. Spreading the Wealth
The Rams are off to their best two-game start through the air in QB
Friday Injury Report:
Out: DE Ernie Sims (groin) did not practice Friday and is out for Sunday.
Questionable: DE Anthony Spencer (knee) did not practice Friday and is listed as questionable.
Probable: DE DeMarcus Ware (neck) was limited during practice Friday and is listed as probable. WR Dez Bryant (back), CB Morris Claiborne (shoulder) and QB Tony Romo (ribs) all participated fully Friday and are listed as probable.