St. Louis is hardly the only team in the NFL right now where the state of the offensive line is a big question mark heading into the regular season. The Dallas Cowboys have questions to answer in front of quarterback Tony Romo, and the quest for those answers continues Saturday night against the Rams.
SB Nation's Blogging the Boys sums up the Cowboys' offensive line issues:
This is clearly a work in progress. The expected starting guards, Nate Livings and Mackenzy Bernadeau, are at last on the field. Phil Costa is still working his way back, but David Arkin has at least become a possible solution at center, at least for a game or two. Doug Free seems to be having some problems. However, there are differing opinions as to just how big they are. On the O line, only Tyron Smith seems to be not only fully capable, but a standout player.
Will this end well for the Cowboys, or is this the vulnerability that will keep the team from improving its record? Can the line keep Tony Romo healthy? Will DeMarco Murray and the other backs have lanes? The answers to those questions could be the biggest carryover from camp.
I thought the addition of Livings was questionable to begin with. He was a weak spot on the Bengals line last season.
Dallas allowed three sacks last week, but the real story as just how out of sync they looked on the first team's scoring drive. They were flagged three times moving down field.
The Rams starting defensive front has been able to get plenty of pressure on opponents through two preseason games, particularly from the edges in a mostly plain game plan. Michael Brockers and Kendall Langford have been solid through two games. They will get a good tune up opportunity here, and matchup well against Dallas' starting interior with a chance to show more push against Dallas' interior line.