The Dallas Cowboys have a pulse. And maybe for the first time this season, they have found an identity.
So the story continues.
The playoff picture is crystal clear: Win the last two games and punch your playoff ticket. Heck, while you’re at, pick up the “Division Champs” hat too. I guess The Dallas Cowboys are not what we thought they were.
Dallas Cowboy’s Quarterback Tony Romo has been more than terrific this December. History says that he has a propensity to slip out in December. This year? 3-0. That’s a “first time” with Tony Romo at the helm. If it weren’t for the seven point lost to the Washington Redskins on Thanksgiving, the Cowboys would be on a six-game winning streak.
Romo’s 341 passing yards, two-touchdown performance ignited Dallas against The Pittsburg Steelers. Romo was pressured, but he darted away from defenders last Sunday to find nine different receivers.
This included Wide Receiver Dez Bryant who played through a broken index finger. He was a difference maker with four catches, and one touchdown reception. As much as Dez wants football right now (holding off surgery for a shot to play in January), the Cowboys need him too. That much was clear. He has become such a key fabric of the offense that I just can’t see how well the Cowboys can actually be without him on the field.
As Bryant’s play on the field improves, so does his image. He’s playing, despite long-term implications. It’s as if Bryant is writing a new story for himself.
But he’s not the only wounded Cowboy. And yet despite emotional close games, tragedy, and yes, injuries, the Cowboy’s were still able to collect consecutive wins. It’s not supposed to be like this, some will probably think.
Recently, there’s been a lot of discussion out there about how unrealistic the Cowboy’s chances are for a playoff spot this year. They’ve said the Cowboys are a challenged group of players; that they are a penalty prone team; that their offense sleeps the first three quarters; that Head Coach Jason Garrett lost his play calling touch.
But despite all obstacles, the Cowboys have found resolve. They continue to prosper, even between yellow flags and turnovers. Throughout the season Romo has been scrambling the field as if he were collecting air miles for a summer vacation.
Well, shame on us. The offensive line gave one of their best performances so far this season surrendering only one sack for 13 yards against a furious Steeler defense led by Defensive Coordinator Dick LeBeau.
Give credit to the head coach too. The playing calling asked Tony to release the ball quickly. It worked. Tony stayed upright and Dallas receivers sliced, diced and steeled over Pittsburg defenders.
Winning will stall negative comments, for now, and challenge the validity of the claims out there. The facts? The Cardiac Cowboys surged over steel. Anything right now seems possible. As the playoffs dim for the Steelers, the light around Dallas is strong.
I like where the Cowboys are right now as a team. So take a deep breath. Exhale. There’s still a heartbeat in Dallas.
And it’s really loud right now.