This may be jumping the gun after only one win against a Giants team that came out onto the field listless and unprepared for a team that actually cared. But it isn’t inconceivable that the Cowboys could find themselves at the beginning of a win streak.
They next play the Detroit Lions who are no longer a push over, but still have a a year or two before they are ready to contend for a playoff spot. The Lions placed Kevin Smith (RB) onto the injured reserve list as well as Jack Williams (CB). Both starting quarterbacks for each team are out with injury leaving the battle between Shaun Hill v. Jon Kitna; the match up may not draw ratings, but it Calvin Johnson v. Dez Bryant certainly adds electricity to the game. The Cowboys weren’t perfect against the Giants, but with the same intensity, the Cowboys should come away with their first home win of the 2010 season, and leave the Lions with the 26th straight road loss.
Next come the New Orleans Saints to Dallas on Thanksgiving.
While New Orleans is obviously hungover from the Super Bowl parties, they are still a formidable team. If the Cowboys are able to beat the Lions, they will be on their first winning streak of the season and playing with confidence. It is reported yearly that playing at home on a short week gives both the Lions and Cowboys an advantage. This is debatable, but the Cowboys do have nearly a 66% winning percentage on the holiday.
Oddly enough, the biggest challenge out of the three (NY Giants) has already been toppled. Let’s see if the new Cowboys team lead by Jason Garrett has the moxy to outplay the least of the three teams in this run.