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Cowboys vs Browns: 3 Things to Watch for Dallas

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I posed three big questions for the Cowboys heading into their Week 11 matchup with the Browns.

How will the Browns play coming off of their bye?

One of the oft-overlooked aspects of NFL matchups is preparation. Teams design their entire game plan specifically to take advantage of their opponent’s weaknesses, so even a day or two of extra prep time can be valuable. It isn’t a myth, either; I recently broke down how well teams perform coming off of their byes. Since 1990, teams with an extra week of preparation have won54.2 percent of their games; when you consider that the sample was over 700 games and the average winning percentage is obviously .500, that’s a fairly substantial jump.

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