Dec 23, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) scores a touchdown during the second quarter of the game against the New Orleans Saints at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Cowboys Vs Redskins: It All Comes Down To This (Again)

Once again we find ourselves going into the season finale against a rival NFC East opponent, winner take all.

Dec 23, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys fans holds up a sign during the game against the New Orleans Saints at Cowboys Stadium. The Saints beat the Cowboys 34-31 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Could any of you imagine it any other way?  This is the Cardiac Cowboys after all, putting the competition away early just isn’t our style.  Maybe they just don’t want us to get bored.  You have to admit this makes for the most exciting game of the season.

I have to say that I didn’t expect the Redskins to make the strides they have this season.  I knew they were a team in turnaround, but I expected it to take them about two more years to get to where they are now.

The ability displayed by rookie quarterback RG3 is downright scary.  The kid is smart, mobile, and as deadly as any QB in the league with the long ball.  His play alone is what has accelerated this team’s progress beyond what I thought possible at this point.

Dec 16, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) throws a pass during the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Cowboys Stadium. The Cowboys beat the Steelers 27-24 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

I still believe the Cowboys are the better team, but I can’t help but be concerned about how far down the depth chart we find ourselves in many defensive positions.  I am also a bit apprehensive about how effective Ware will be in his current condition.

There is another side to that coin however, and that is the stellar play of key offensive players, namely Dez Bryant and Tony Romo.  DeMarco Murray and Jason Witten are always solid when healthy, but it’s the growing connection between Bryant and Romo that literally poses a touchdown threat on any given play.

Romo is having one incredible December.  1,328 yards for ten touchdowns and a 112.0 quarterback rating this month is pretty impressive, if Tony can carry these numbers into today’s game we will have a pretty strong chance.

Dez Bryant has always been talented, but miscommunication and a lack of trust between him and Romo has limited his production in former seasons.  If this season and especially the last few games are any indication, those issues are a thing of the past and we have only bigger numbers to look forward to from the pair.

The real winner today is the NFC East and the principle of justice.  After John Mara’s witch hunt to successfully penalize (only the teams in his division, for some reason) for what essentially boils down to an illegal gentleman’s agreement, and then see those two teams play for the title while his defending Super Bowl champs flop and flounder like a fish on dry land?  Oh, John…I hope it eats at you as much as it pleases me.

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