One year ago today, the Dallas Cowboys lost a game that went into overtime to the Arizona Cardinals, 19-13. That was the beginning of the end of the season as the Cowboys were 7-4 prior to that game. Last year at this time, the Cowboys started a 1-4 skid starting with that very overtime game just mentioned thus ending the hopes of getting into the playoffs.
The Cowboys later lost to the Giants in a 37-34 thriller. The next week, the Cowboys got their lone win in December by defeating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 31-15. Dallas lost to the Eagles 20-7 while losing one more time to the Giants, 31-14.
The Cowboys end of the year record of 8-8 was not good enough to get them in the playoffs. And as many of all know, the New York Giants won the Super Bowl.
Fast forward to one year later, Dallas won last weekend over the hated, Philadelphia Eagles, 38-33. Dallas has not had a back to back wins after Thanksgiving Day since 2009 when they beat the New Orleans Saints and Washington Redskins. Of course, that was also the same year we went to the playoffs.
Dallas has a chance to win back to back games in December this coming weekend. They play the Cincinnati Bengals. The Bengals are looking good this season; they are currently 7-5 and looking to get themselves into the playoffs. After reviewing the schedule and results for this season, the Bengals win and lose in streaks. They are currently riding a 4-game winning streak after losing 3 in a row beforehand. The Bengals are due a loss and the beginning of a losing streak. They will play with a big head and think because Dallas is struggling, they will be able to waltz over them in an easy victory.
The Cowboys have re-established their running game with the return of Demarco Murray. Bringing in more balance to the offense, Tony Romo might be able to shake off the post-Thanksgiving monkey haunting him the last few seasons.
The defense played very well last weekend against the Eagles and I predict that the Cowboys will build off of that confidence and win this game, 35-21.
The question to ask ourselves…are we looking like the December of 2009 or 2011? Despite this year’s season, I am hoping that we push the envelope and come out with an excellent December. Coming out of December with a perfect record would be great, but not realistic. Losing one game is a much more possible scenario as they face off the Bengals, the Pittsburg Steelers, the New Orleans Saints, and the Washington Redskins. Who we lose to is up in the air, but let’s take it one game at a time!