Thanksgiving Day was a horror of things to come for Cowboys fans. RGIII lived up to his 2nd overall draft status and massacred the Cowboys undisciplined secondary with the play-action pass. This Sunday Rob Ryan will re-write that narrative.
Tony Romo and his offense can score some points, even if the running game cannot be relied on. Tony Romo in his past seven games has only thrown three interceptions (one of them was a garbage time end of half hail-mary) to 17 touchdowns. Romo is protecting the ball (but sadly DeMarco Murray isn’t) and slinging it with a vengeance.
This time around, the Cowboys will have the help of DeMarco Murray. Although his numbers have not been extremely impressive – his play on the field has. Murray relishes contact, and will create contact to gain a few extra, critical yards.
On defense, the Cowboys are still depleted – but the communications will not lapse. There will be plays made by RGIII and company, but the Dallas defense will make enough on their own to propel the Cowboys into the playoffs.
Look for star performers to exceed at a high level. DeMarcus Ware will be in the mix – even though he is injured. Morris Claiborne has had several strips of players that just haven’t bounced the right way – look for this to change.
This Cowboys team has been glavanized through a double-tragedy, and won’t back down from a fight easily. This Cowboys team is buying what Jason Garrett is selling – and it’s working. At the mid-way point of the season, who would have expected the 3-5 Cowboys to be in the thick of the NFC East division race?
Before Sunday’s game, lets take a moment to reflect on what these Cowboys are, and what they have done. In Jason Garrett’s first full season as head coach, the Cowboys had a chance to win or go home – but the destined New York Giants ended that season.
This year, in Garrett’s second full season as head coach, the Cowboys have another chance to win or go home. Although every NFL team deals with injuries, the Cowboys have been ravaged on defense and although there are no excuses – this season has the tiniest of asterik marks next to it.
Jason Garrett is building a team that will be able to compete – through injury – year in and year out. And with the success that he has had with sub par players that have been jettisoned from the team and replacing with young, hungry talent – Jason Garrett deserves a few more.