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What to Know for Dallas Heading Into Week 3

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At Bleacher Report, I recapped the Cowboys’ current situation and discussed a key matchup for Week 3:

Key Matchups to Watch vs. St. Louis

The Rams have one of the most underrated pass-rushing duos in the NFL in Chris Long and Robert Quinn. Long doesn’t have a sack in 2013, but he actually led the entire NFL in pressures in 2012. Quinn has already racked up four sacks and six quarterback hits.

One interesting note on the pair is that they don’t switch sides. Long almost always rushes from the left side of the defense, meaning he’ll be over top of right tackle Doug Free, and Quinn from the right side of the defense, meaning he’ll be over top of left tackle Tyron Smith.

Since both Long and Quinn can wreak havoc on the Cowboys’ passing attack, it will be difficult to double one or the other. And both guys can also stop the run. It might be best for the Cowboys to actually spread the field and use the quick passing game to move the ball up the field, keeping blockers in only when they want to take their shots downfield.

Either way, the Cowboys’ ability to neutralize Long and Quinn will be essential to their success on Sunday.

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