This one was for all the naysayers. The Cowboys bandwagon has officially left the station and no one is permitted to hop on now. Just like every season Jerry Jones prepared the Kool-Aid and many of us reluctantly drank it but if last night performance against the New York Giants is any indicator then this is the year to believe.
Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t a parade for a group of guys that just won the Super Bowl and this isn’t redemption for the last last fifteen years of lackluster performances either. But it does show us that the Boys do have the potential to be great.
This game was perfectly set up for the Cowboys to fail. They went into the house of the defending Super Bowl champions and not only won, but they did it with a fiery passion that I haven’t seen in years.
Players were flying to the football, making secure tackles. Receivers were adjusting on the fly and fighting for passes in the air. Guys by names other than Demarcus Ware were creating pressure in the backfield and making Eli Manning prove he is an elite quarterback. And I don’t know if anyone else in the world enjoyed watching Demarco Murray plant Mathias Kiwanuka firmly on his kisser as much as I did.
The defense played to win as well and made the Giants work for every inch they got. I can’t even remember the last time I saw the Cowboys cornerbacks face to face with opposing receivers instead of ten yards off.
And if there was any doubt that Kevin Ogletree was the favorite to fill the vacancy left by Laurent Robinson then I’m sure many doubters have been silenced by his play last night, myself included. Let’s not whip out the hall of fame ballots or anything yet but he showed he’s prepared and has worked hard and is ready to prove that ion the field.
As the saying goes though the biggest room in the world is the room for improvement and Cowboys have plenty of room to improve. The Boys didn’t do themselves any favors with all the penalties they commited. Luckily for them Tony Romo, Demarco Murray and the exceptional performance of the receiving corps bailed them out of many difficult situations.
Hopefully that shot wasn’t too directly aimed at the offensive line. Don’t get me wrong, they played and blocked well, much better than I was expecting actually, but the excess of false starts, holdings, and delay of games was enough to show that they are far from where they need to be.
I am pumped. A new season of football is begun and The revival of the glory years might be here as well. Don’t roll out the red carpet yet but maybe this is the year that we’ve all been waiting so desperately for. This game may not prove everything but it was enough to show that the Cowboys do have the tools. You don’t have to believe me or agree but remember the bandwagon has left the station.