Call me a cynic if you want, but I couldn’t agree more with a certain article that I read last week: the Cowboys were really in a no-win situation. Don’t get me wrong, I’m very happy we won, but we were expected to dominate the Rams. We were expected to exploit their lack of secondary depth and horrible run defense. That was supposed to happen. If we had lost, I cannot begin to imagine the fallout in Arlington (especially if the Rangers had lost, too) and the fans would probably have written off the season. To everyone’s relief, the Cowboys had a great blow-out win, DeMarco Murray exploded into the national spotlight, and we have momentum and confidence going to Lincoln Financial next Sunday night. Here’s one last look at Sunday’s victory, before all the focus shifts to Philadelphia (even though the players should already be thinking about the Eagles).
(One more quick word about Murray, before I look at the game as a whole) Did anyone else have flashbacks to October 11, 2009? That was the date Miles Austin burst onto the national scene with his 250 yard -2 touchdown performance against the Chiefs (another team from Missouri). There are quite a lot of similarities between the two, as we have read from other Cowboys blogs. The common thread that Cowboys fans are most hoping to see from Murray is that he keeps up his strong statistics, much like Austin did with his 2 Pro Bowl appearances.
Not mentioned in the praise of Murray was his newest (or oldest) left guard, Montrae Holland. Even though he hasn’t practiced since we cut him six weeks ago, he actually looked pretty good and played 65 snaps on Sunday. We knew what he could bring to the table (hence why he was on the team for so long), but maybe now he’s trying to prove he should’ve stayed on the team. “For now”, he’ll remain the team’s starting left guard. Hey, if he keeps giving Romo time and our RBs holes, I stay keep him there.
Nick Eatman, a writer for Dallascowboys.com, wrote an article trying to stop all the “It’s just the Rams” talk. I could not agree with him more. Every athlete in the NFL is a professional and goes all out every time they step on the field (or at least they should). All the games count, so why take this one away from us? Take a look at our schedule after Philadelphia: Seattle, Buffalo, Washington, Miami, and Arizona. I’m not saying we’re going to waltz through these games like New Orleans did to Indianapolis this week, but I would certainly rather play them than New England.
A lot of sports commentators are jumping on the Cowboys bandwagon (where were they before Sunday?) and predicting us to win the division, mostly due to our easier schedule and Washington’s injuries. To be honest with you, fellow fans, I’m trying not to think about the division championship (although obviously I pull for those teams to lose each week). We need to take these games one at a time, and focus on playing excellent, consistent football every week. Last time, I asked you to hang in there with me and stay strong and faithful to our ‘Boys. Who’s feeling better about the season now?