The Dallas Cowboys won the NFC East today with a convincing 24-0 shutout of the high-powered Philadelphia Eagles at Cowboys Stadium today. The Cowboys will face the Eagles for a third time this season next week in the playoffs.
The game was blocked from television on the East Coast, where the Redskins game was televised for fans to see the team lost its 11th game of the season against the Chargers.
The Cowboys defense has shutout two teams in two weeks, an impressive feat for a team coached by Wade Phillips, who may have had one of the worst game-winning speeches I have ever seen. Phillips mumbled through his thanks to the team for playing its heart out. But Wade’s team needs to do more than just make the playoffs; the team needs to win.
I strongly believe that Jerry Jones will not entertain a fourth season with Wade if the Cowboys do not win at least one playoff game. This will not be easy.
The Cowboys will have to beat the Eagles three times this year for that to happen. Not only is it rare for a team to beat a divisional foe three times in a season, it takes a pretty darn good football team to do it. Part of me wanted the Vikings to lose, too, so that the Cowboys would get that first week bye and the second seed. But the other part said, wait, these teams that are getting these byes are not making it to many Super Bowls lately. A wildcard bid for the Cowboys means no bye, no Mexico and no blond bimbos. The Cowboys have no choice but to stay home, practice and prepare for next week’s game exact the very same opponent they dominated today.
Marion Barber was incredible. It seemed every run was for a first down. And Felix Jones dash at the end was icing on the cake, wasn’t it? One thing you have to congratulate the coaching staff for is how they rested Felix, and didn’t over-use Tarshard Choice. I think that losing Felix last season put a huge dent in the Cowboys offense. This year, everyone is going into the playoffs with a majority of their health intact.
We know that was not the real Eagles today. At least I know. I can’t say I am positive the Cowboys can continue to roll like this, let alone the defense continue to post shutouts, God forbid.
But for right now, let’s celebrate. The Dallas Cowboys are division champions.
How about them Cowboys?