Is it just me or is the sun shining a little brighter in Big D this morning? After a total team effort by the Dallas Cowboys to defeat the division rival Redskins in front of a national tv audience on Sunday Night Football, I have to say that these are the Cowboys I want to see every week. They appear to have seen what we knew all along…that playing as a team and not relying on star power are what it takes to get in the “W” column.
These are the ‘Boys who held steady with two of their marque players watching from the sidelines and found a way to finish a big one at home. This is definitely not the same Cowboys defense that couldn’t stop Peyton Manning and company and allowed 51 points. Nor is it not the offense that put up 48 points against the undefeated Broncos but folded flatter than a $100 bill in Jerry Jones’ petty cash fund at games’ end. These Cowboys found a way to finish in all facets of the game…offense, defense and especially special teams.
While the defense put on a gutsy display by holding Robert Griffin III’s legs in check and not allowing Alfred Morris to run amuck like he did in that dreadful loser-goes-home finale, the hero of the night was unquestionably Dwayne Harris. Not only did he take a punt return 86 yards to the house and put the Cowboys deep in Redskin territory on a 90 yard kick return, Harris also made a crucial tackle that left the ‘Skins deep on their own end at an important juncture in the game. This is one draft pick that the Cowboys can definitely be proud of.
Harris is the epitome of a team player. After being overtaken for the third receiver spot by rookie Terrance Williams, he has found a way to help his teammates by being a stud on special teams on more than one occasion already this season. He has proven to be an invaluable contributor to his team by being the return specialist that Dallas has been missing for so many years.
As for the Cowboys defense, with DeMarcus Ware watching from the sidelines, a no-name bunch provided a key turnover late in the game to give the Cowboys a scoring chance that they cashed in for what turned out to be the game clinching score. Anyone out there heard of a guy named Kyle Wilber before last night? I didn’t think so….
Back up running back Joseph Randle got a little push into the end zone from fellow rookie Travis Frederick to help the Cowboys ice the win and keep Dallas in a tie for the lead in the NFC East. With a road trip to Philly looming on the horizon, this win at home could prove to be big as the season rolls on. Let’s face it folks, there is only one team coming out of what has been dubbed the “NFC Least” so Dallas has to wrap up the division crown if they want to be playing into January. If the ‘Boys can keep the same mindset and mojo that they found in Jerry’s World Sunday night, the future will continue to be bright in Big D.