If the Dallas Cowboys have any kind of drive and heart then they should come out on top tonight against the New York Giants at home.
Both teams may be without their star running backs, but the Giants are also without their top receiver, Plaxico Burress. His replacement, Domenik Hixon, isn’t healthy either.
Certainly, the drama that ensued this week in Dallas will be among the topics discussed by analysts during the game, and if the Cowboys lose it surely will be the reason given for the collapse. But that’s why they play football games and if the Cowboys can pull this one out, and get a Buccaneers loss, they’re right in the thick of the hunt.
Hopefully, something positive happened with the private meeting Terrell Owens, Patrick Crayton and Roy Williams had with offensive coordinator Jason Garrett. None of those receivers have been heavily involved in the offense, other than one record-breaking game from Owens earlier in the Cowboys winning streak.
You certainly don’t want a tight end, no matter how good he is, to lead the team in receptions when you have the likes of Owens and Williams on each side of the ball. They are both game-changing receivers. Jason Witten ought to be used as a third-down receiver, who makes clutch catches, because the last time the Cowboys had success that is how they used the position. Jay Novacek was one of the best third-down receivers the Cowboys have ever had.
The rumor that Jason Witten was the source of the media’s exposes was troubling, but not exactly shocking.
Tony Romo had to make some changes. He must make better decisions on the field.
But the worst fear has hit Big D.
Terrell Owens is about to explode. There is a tense, thick cloud in the locker room. Players are arguing and fighting. So, what happens if the Cowboys win and Owens has another game with weak stats? Will it matter to him? Does he need to have big games for the rest of the year in order to keep him at bay? Will Romo force passes to Owens just to throw the ball his way, and cost the Cowboys any chances of making the playoffs?
It is difficult to fathon that this kind of drama can lift a team to the playoffs, but if the Cowboys look around them in the NFC, they have a perfect opportunity to prey on other teams who aren’t exactly looking too hot. Other than the Philadelphia Eagles, the NFC is riddled with injuries. The Giants have lost their two best players. The Redskins haven’t had an offense in five weeks. The only NFC team that has looked strong is the Carolina Panthers.
Owens can divide the locker room and cause all the hoopla he wants, but the season is near its end, and the Cowboys are still in the thick of the playoff race. Drama and infighting won’t be the deathwish of this team, but a loss will be.
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