The Final Word From Saturday's Win

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By this time, you probably know everything there is to know about the Cowboys’ 31-15 win in Tampa on Saturday. You’ve also probably dissected every possible playoff scenario after all those wild games (Around 1:03 EST, I said “Wouldn’t it be a great story if the Colts and Chiefs won today?” It’s the truth. Ask my brother) we witnessed on Sunday. Basically, ladies and gentlemen, it all comes down to the Cowboys taking care of their own business. We are in control of our own destiny. Even if the Christmas Eve game against the Eagles doesn’t end up being a “win and you’re in” game, it is still the last time the team will play at home in 2011. The players may or may not scoreboard-watch, but they will still play hard and defend the star.

-I almost couldn’t believe it when I noticed that the team only had 2 penalties for 15 yards in the entire game. Believe me, it’s true! It was certainly the least amount of flags all season. It’ll be nice to see if it wasn’t a fluke when they play in front of the home crowd on Saturday.

-Journeyman Sammy Morris ended up with 12 carries for 53 yards. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I will certainly take that from the veteran we just picked up last week. Felix ended up with another 100-yard game, only the fourth of his career, and the first time he’s ever had back-to-back 100-yard games. Anyone else really miss Tony Fiammetta?

-I really think something is wrong with Mat McBriar. He has not had a punt end up inside the 20 since the Arizona game and he hasn’t had a punt average more than 44 yards since the Buffalo game (he did punt once). It seems his drop foot issue is still bothering him.

-It’s very nice to see this offense when almost all the weapons are on the field. Tony’s three passing touchdowns were to three different wide receivers, exactly what needs to be done to keep the opposing defenses on their toes. Granted, Murray’s loss is a pain (literally), but there are still plenty of options for Garrett and Tony to use at any point. The more players the opposition has to deal with, the harder it is for them to consistently play defense against us.

Food For Thought: Both of the teams that call MetLife Stadium home looked horrible on Sunday, and who is going to win the battle of East Rutherford is anyone’s guess. I know everybody in Cowboys Nation will be rooting for the Jets, but for the sake of argument right now, let’s just say the Giants win. Does anyone think Garrett will rest some starters to avoid injury, considering the game will then essentially mean nothing? I really don’t think he should, because if Atlanta loses their next two games, we can go in the playoffs as a wild card if we beat the Eagles and lose to the Giants. Thank you, ESPN Playoff Machine!

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