The Final Word From Sunday's Win

Can the Cowboys build momentum from this victory?

Dallas Cowboys-related Tweet of the Week: @espn_NFCEast: “Cowboys fans are making me laugh. ‘The win wasn’t a good enough win.’ You wanna send it back? You’d rather be 3-5?” Think about it, fellow fans. 4-4 is better than 3-5. (Right, Eagles’ fans?) That’s the most important thing. We got the big W. Let’s take one final look at the victory over the Seahawks before turning all attention to the Bills.

-Before you all yell at me for starting this article with the kicker, let me just say this: the Cowboys have never had a kicker last longer than three years since the great Rafael Septien (even though we did have some talent at the position, no one really stuck around for that long). Now, saying that, Dan Bailey might not last three years, but he has certainly made the fans feel much more comfortable whenever the Cowboys trotted out the field goal unit (which they have done more than enough times). I don’t know about you, but I was sweating bullets every time the team attempted a field goal last year. Bailey has gone from ‘token competition’ to being owned in 84.1% in ESPN fantasy football leagues.

-The run defense is starting to become a problem. I wanted to give them the benefit of the doubt after LeSean McCoy shredded us for 185 yards and two touchdowns. I really wanted to. But then Marshawn Lynch ran for 135 yards and a touchdown. That was his best game of the season! He was the main focus of the week for the Cowboys and he still had a great game. That makes me (and hopefully Rob Ryan) very nervous with Fred Jackson coming to town on Sunday.

-Yes, Tony Romo had a very solid game with 19/31 completions, 279 yards, and 2 touchdowns (even 13 rushing yards). Yes, he didn’t turn the ball over for only third time this season. But, most savvy viewers noticed that Romo still seems to be playing very timidly, even since the Detroit game. I think he is best flinging the ball all over the field. I don’t know if it’s him or Garrett’s play-calling. Oh, about that: one of them really needs to find a way to get the ball in the end zone in the red zone. Seriously, guys. Way too many wasted opportunities.

Look at that: one note each for special teams, defense, and offense. To end this article on a positive note, there were a number of players that played well on Sunday, with DeMarco Murray and Anthony Spencer immediately coming to mind. I’m obviously very happy that we won. I’m just saying the Cowboys need to feast on this part of their schedule. They need to keep the pedal down. Let’s make the Giants start to feel nervous. Let’s keep the momentum going against Buffalo!

(My sincerest apologies to loyal ‘Final Word’ readers for my lack of article last week. Living on the east coast, I was one of those people affected by that snowstorm and I didn’t have power in my house for almost five whole days. I did listen to the game on the radio, shivering in my Cowboys jersey)

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