Good News, Bad News

The Cowboys may have arrived a year early, but there are still plenty of questions entering the second half of the season.

Good News
Though the Cowboys spent more than $52 million on signing bonuses and guaranteed money in the off-season on upgrades to make a playoff run in 2005, the reality is that the Cowboys were supposed to be year away because of the number of rookies playing big roles. As good as they could be this year, they would certainly be better with another season under the belt of players like linebacker Demarcus Ware and defensive linemen Chris Canty and Marcus Spears.

Well, the Cowboys may arrive a year early.

Entering the second half of the season, there is no true frontrunner in the NFC. The Giants, Panthers and Falcons all appear to be contenders, but all are beatable. And because of their rookie contributors, the Cowboys may have the best chance to get better in the second half of the season.

Of course, the Cowboys are not without concerns heading into the second half of the season.

Topping the list are kicker Shaun Suisham, depth on the offensive line and experienced depth at linebacker, according to coach Bill Parcells.

Injuries are are also a legitimate concern, especially with cornerback Anthony Henry hobbled with a strained groin and questionable for the Nov. 14 matchup with the Eagles.

Henry was the team's best defensive player in the first eight games. He proved well worth the $10 million signing bonus the Cowboys gave him in the off-season. But he was signed with the Eagles in mind. The Cowboys felt he had the size to contain Terrell Owens. If he can't play, the defense will suffer.

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