The Dallas Cowboys entered New York as double digit underdogs. The Cowboys have been a mess the past 2 weeks appearing to having no running game and to have given up on defense. Worst yet, the Cowboys were only 1-7 after having Super Bowl aspirations.
Against the Giants, the Cowboys (Jones & Barber) combined for 98 yards on 22 carries. The offensive line provided time for Jon Kitna to throw deep and he was sacked only once, which is especially surprising considering the vaunted Giants pass rush. The same pass rush that knocked Tony Romo out for much of the season. The defense even forced three turnovers. Garrett promised change, and we saw it.
Is it possible that Jason Garrett‘s focus on practice habits and dress code have really turned this team around? At 2-7, the Cowboys are four games out of first place in the NFC East. This may be insurmountable, though they do have three remaining division games (two against the Eagles and one against the Redskins). They are presently four games behind in the wild card hunt, behind teams such as Bears, Packers, Saints and Buccaneers. As many will recall, the Cowboys have already lost to the Bears and Packers and consequently do not own the tie breaker against those teams. However, they do play the Saints on Thanksgiving so it is possible they would hold a tiebreaker against that squad.
All thing considered, even if the Cowboys are able to win out the remainder of the season, it is unlikely they will make the playoffs. But it does feel good to have hope that the Cowboys will show up to play and will not simply go through the motions. It also feels good to not look at the top of the draft and wonder who we will take. These Cowboys under the watchful eye of Jason Garrett are showing pride in their play, and after the depths of emotions we fans have felt the past few weeks, it is good to have hope. Even though it may be cautious hope.