My brother writes a column for his college newspaper. In late September, after his school’s football team lost, he wrote an article entitled ‘Stepping back from the ledge’, in which he warns his fellow students not to overreact to just one loss. His points can certainly be applied to Cowboy Nation and the state of our team and the fan base. Certainly, if the other team scores more points than our ‘Boys, it wasn’t a good game. But there are definitely positive factors to consider so we don’t throw in our tickets for the Andrew Luck lottery.
As I talked about in my last article, there are many positives to take away from this season. Our team is a few bounced balls (and more than a few poor decisions by Romo) away from being 4-0. While everybody is focused on the average 2-2 record, as they should, the fans and players should take solace with the fact that our injury-depleted team did play some pretty competitive football. How different would NFL Live look if we had held on against the Lions? Now it’s just a matter of playing smart, fundamentally sound football for a full 60 minutes. Easier said than done, of course.
Except for the people who picked the Giants in their survivor pool, Week 5 was very good to the Cowboys. The Eagles got blown up by Fred Jackson while Vick threw four interceptions to fall deeper into last place (insert token ‘Dream Team’ comment here). The Giants, the most heavily favored team over the weekend, played an extremely soft defense and Manning threw three interceptions as they lost at home to the Seattle Seahawks. The Cowboys didn’t play and still gained a half-game on two teams in the division. Can’t complain about that. More importantly, this bye week has allowed most of our injured list to come back, which will be a huge lift for everybody involved with the organization.
Because their offense has been putting up ridiculous numbers, no one has really mentioned the Patriots’ defense. Just in case you didn’t know, they are dead last against the pass. That’s right-last in the league. That should make the ‘Boys (especially Tony) very excited to hit the field. With Miles and Dez (and technically Witten) recovering from injury and Robinson starting to finally emerge as the #3 receiver, Romo should be able to put up some big numbers. Many people are predicting a shoot-out on Sunday.
In short, there are 12 games left in the season, people. Anything can happen in 12 games, especially in the NFC East. Take a deep breath, fellow fans. It’s a long season. Step back from that ledge. Let’s go watch some Cowboys football.