The Dallas Cowboys had a great “moral” victory against the Denver Broncos’ last Sunday. That being said it was still a loss for the Cowboys but that game should be a wake up call for them if they decide to answer the call.
Looking back at the Cowboys versus Denver game, the Cowboys offense has now proven to the fans and themselves that they can “run with the big dogs,” meaning that Broncos’ quarterback Peyton Manning, who is considered by many to be an elite quarterback, was matched toe to toe with Dallas’ own quarterback, Tony Romo. Dallas’ offense was on fire during the Broncos’ game and clicked on all cylinders even without veteran wide receiver Miles Austin. Players like wide receivers Cole Beasley and rookie Terrance Williams stepped up when needed and made big plays.
The defense on the other hand left a lot to be desired. It took defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin some time to come out and say that the fans needed to stop blaming quarterback Tony Romo and start blaming his defense. For the second straight game, Dallas’ defense was shredded by a veteran quarterback as both the secondary and defensive line gave up a lot of yardage and a lot of points. As most know, Kiffin’s outlook on the defense is bend but don’t break and well the last two weeks has been a break and it hasn’t been pretty. However, with Monte Kiffin taking accountability for his defense and as smart as he is, changes for the defense will be on the horizon whether it’s implementing his 4-3 scheme to fit the Cowboys defensive personnel or to utilize what personnel the Cowboys have and implement them into his original scheme. Changes will happen and the defense will be different when the Cowboys play division rival Washington Redskins on Sunday night.
With all that being said, the Cowboys need to expand off the Denver game and make a solid run. We now know they are capable of it, but we also know our beloved Cowboys are consistently inconsistent too. The Cowboys currently have Washington, Philadelphia, Detroit, Minnesota and New Orleans before heading into their bye week. If the Cowboys answer the wake up call given to them by the Broncos’ and continues to rally on all cylinders and rally around their quarterback as they have thus far this season, Dallas should make a good run of it on the race to the playoffs.
Lucky for the Cowboys, their wake up call came earlier this season and the bye week later.