Dec 2, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray (29) smiles after a victory against the Philadelphia Eagles at Cowboys Stadium. The Cowboys beat the Eagles 38-33. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Which Cowboys are going to Show Up?

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.

Oct 28, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) talks with head coach Jason Garrett during a timeout from the game against the New York Giants at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE

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!

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  • jcc817

    They showed good defence last week?? What game did you see sir?

  • onthespot

    The boys almost lost to a garbage eagles team with a rookie qb on a major losing streak. The boys gave up a punt return with less than a minute to go in the game. That is the kiss of death and completely unacceptable in the lack of discipline column. The boys should get bounced this week against the Bengals if the football gods do us fans a favor. I can’t believe my eyes when I watch the pedestrian attitude of the team.

    Somebody tell Garrett to dump the goof ball look he wears every week as well. Change it up dude…he dresses in the same garb like he’s on a winning streak…the D hat stands for dumb ass. Sorry Garrett, I actually believe you are smart thus, pop your head out and change your ways across the board or you are done…and so are the boys….pisses me off too.

  • The Angry Cowboy

    The same Cowboys team has been showing up for weeks, now. They play 2 quarters and beat the teams that aren’t very good…and lose to ones that you just can’t play 2 quarters against.

    Is there a way to convince them – before the opening kickoff – that it’s halftime and they’re down by 20?

  • saber4

    You lost all credibility when you said they showed good defense. I stopped reading after that

  • californy

    The Cowboys with the lost of Carter, Lee and the dissapearance of Ware have gone from the 5 best defence to 11 in the last four weeks. The Cowboys keep picking up the wrong players to help this team. There was Standford Route they could of had but they went another way, and most recenly Kirk Morrison LB who in his first 6 year average over 120 tackles per season. Both these players played for RR also. As as this game we are at least in the mixed, I think the key is the health of Demarco Murray.

  • californy

    On a side note Romo a Free agent and I dont see him signing an extention with the boys as long as JG is the OC and HC. If you ever seen them talking Romo never look at JG directly but look away. Body language tell me he doesnt like JG.. You never saw this With Landry or Norv Turner and his QB

  • Gary Hermenau

    This game should tell us all we need to know about the Cowboys. The Bengals are not great, but are solid, they are a real team. If the Cowboys do come with their A-game, and it’s not enough…