Oct 27, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) makes a catch in the end zone for a touchdown while being defended by Detroit Lions strong safety Glover Quin (27) and cornerback Darius Slay (30) during the second quarter at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Is the Writing on the Wall for the 2013 Dallas Cowboys?

In many situations in life, one can see the light at the end of the tunnel when going through varying hardships that an end is near.  Also, when in times of trouble, one can also see the “writing on the wall” when a situation is heading south before the conclusion occurs.  I could keep going, but the direction I’m heading is somewhat obvious.  The 2013 Dallas Cowboys have played hard and with intensity, and have put their best effort on the field that they could.  Unfortunately, this team is headed for a 7-9 or 8-8 season at best.


The team’s remaining schedule and the direction I would lean if predicting a win or loss is as follows:

Minnesota Vikings            (W)

@New Orleans Saints       (L)

@New York Giants            (L)

Oakland Raiders                (W)

@Chicago Bears                 (?)

Green Bay Packers            (L)

@Washington Redskins  (L)

Philadelphia Eagles          (?)

I feel there should be two wins, but I’m also looking at four losses as well. Two games I have a question marks, but they will be decided once the game unfolds on the field.  It’s sad, but this is the reality of the Dallas Cowboys in 2013. Since 1997, they have been a .500 team, and have ended at 8-8 in their last two completed seasons.  As it looks today, they will be lucky to equal that mark again this season.

Was this how this was supposed to go, of course not. This is just what has been Cowboys Football for almost 20 years now however.   Had the team not had multiple turnovers in the second half in Kansas City, maybe the team finds a way to win instead of losing 16-17.  Had the team found a way to get San Diego’s offense off the field in the second half in week 4, maybe a 21-13 halftime lead would have not ended as a 21-30 loss.  Had Romo not thrown that pick after 58 minutes of play against Denver (where he played magnificent), maybe the Cowboys win 51-48 instead of losing 48-51.  And lastly, had the team found a way to better manage the clock at the conclusion of last week’s game in Detroit, maybe the Cowboys win 30-24, instead of losing 30-31.

To compound the sad fact of letting these games slip through their grasp, is the fact that their entire projected defensive line and back-ups going into the season are gone except for Jason Hatcher.  Your starting two safeties are down (Church & Wilcox), one of your top three corners (Claiborne), your second best offensive lineman (Waters), one of your top three receivers (Austin), and the lead running back (Murray) have all sustained injuries that will either end their season, or limit their effectiveness for the remainder of it.

Do I still have faith? Will I still watch the games?  Will I still give my passion? Will I still listen to the talk radio and watch the television coverage? Will I still try and attend the games? The answer to all is of course yes. But this is just the Dallas Cowboys in 2013 now. I’ve accepted it.

This team is a perfect example of “Murphy’s Law”, which is “Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong”.  It is what it is, but it’s the Cowboys fans reality right now, and to ignore this is to be delusional. As the game was lost in the closing seconds last week, I didn’t scream or get upset as I would had in the past, yet I just went on with my business that day as I truly wasn’t surprised the Cowboys found another way to lose.  Sad as it is to say, I already see the writing on the wall about this season.  Even if the team was to squeak into the playoffs as the NFC Least winner, I just can’t see them going and getting a win in Seattle, San Francisco, New Orleans, or Green Bay.  I will enjoy the remainder of this season as there is nine more weekends of the NFL regular season, yet my hope has expired for Blue & Silver in 2013.


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  • SmartThinking

    I see it the same as this writer, sadly. I’m not sure Minnesota is an easy win. If Dallas does get the win, it’ll be a hard fought game with lots of scoring by a supercharged Viking team. In fact, as the team sits today, I’m unsure if they can beat Chicago. It very easily could be another Detroit game. I think they could easily lose to New York and Washington. That’s 5 and 11 and very possible. 6 and 10 if the beat the Eagles.

  • disqus_kLJwdEdnOL

    Now that the Cowboy’s record will be at or near .500 Jerry Jones will
    make some foolish moves during the off season and the Cowboys will
    continue to be mediocre. Fans will not see the Cowboys in another
    Superbowl as long as Jerry Jones is the general manager. The cowboys
    have more intensity this year that has been lacking in the past but
    thanks to mismanagement not enough talent to be one of the top teams.

  • jt

    not just 2013 cowboys this is our cowboys since jerry fired jimmy. no passion no fire no win. only a few guys have this just not the team.

  • ctcowboy1968

    The key are the division games. No team in the division has a defensive. Giants and Eagles are train wrecks. We will win those games. Washington is up in the air. They get on a roll, then we lose. If we go 5-1 in the division and hold the tie breakers, then we go to the playoffs.
    Saints and Packers are loses. The Bears can be beat. The Raiders can surprise, just ask the Steelers. The fact is that this team has to show up and play well every week to win. There are no gimmes.

  • sirtom73

    When did jerry jones lose his balls amd relize that jason garret jas to go also this team does what they want when they want he dont care you i could coach that team better than him Dallas has the talent to win the super bowl but when your coach dont care why should you start puttin players on bench takin pay away for games then maybe they might get a hint your not jokin this is a business a business to win not to lose if you have enough money jerry sell the team were someome else will be there to make money you have to win at no cost