I have been waiting to write this post all season. December is finally here. The playoff run is about to begin. Games really start to matter now.
The Dallas Cowboys have won three games in a row for the first time since the season started. After some ego-disrupting losses to the Washington Redskins, St. Louis Rams, Arizona Cardinals and New York Giants, the Cowboys seem to have gained their swagger back. Hey, that’s what Bradie James thinks at least.
But can this team check its ego at the tunnel? The next four games won’t be easy. Next up are the NFL’s best defensive team, the Pittsburgh Steelers. Then the Cowboys face the best team in the NFL, the New York Giants. Then comes the second best defense in the NFL, the Baltimore Ravens. The Cowboys end the season in Philadelphia to play an Eagles team that just embarrassed the Cardinals. Which of those games can we, the fans, say the Cowboys are DEFINITELY going to win? None.
The Cowboys have not performed well in December and they’ve limped into the playoffs two years in a row. The sloppy play seeped into their playoff games, and the Cowboys haven’t won one since 1996.
Can this Cowboys team continue to win if players are going to do the Turkey Dance? Is that type of over-confidence and player swagger going to destroy them this month? Can they handle a good team, like Pittsburgh?
Tony Romo has been the savior since his return and it appears he has recovered from the pinkie break.
DeMarcus Ware assured reporters he will be playing when the Cowboys head to Heinz Field to take on the terrible-towel waiving Steelers.
Marion Barber’s dislocated toe has his status unknown at this time, but you can almost guarantee he is playing–how couldn’t he with the history of this team and the play of a former running back who just happens to be the NFL’s all-time leading rusher.
Terrell Owens is finding catches and touchdowns, and he is smiling again.
Bradie James is knocking people out and forcing turnovers.
Everything seems to be clicking. But December is here.
How will the Cowboys do?