Your “same old” 4-4 Dallas Cowboys who “can’t close out a game” were just eight points away from being 7-1, perched atop everyone’s power rankings, and the sexy midseason pick among the TV genius class to win it all.
The two canards in quotes above simply don’t ring true – this isn’t the same team that went 8-8 the past two years, and these Cowboys have shown they can close.
The Cowboys’ failure to close last week against the Detroit Lions was so epic, one can understand the universal overreaction to it. But that doesn’t make it any less lazy to assert the 2013 Cowboys can’t close out a game. One game is all they’ve really failed to “close” this season, and one game does not make an identity.
The simple truth is, the 2013 Cowboys can close and have closed. In fact, they closed out a huge divisional game just a few weeks ago – did you forget already? Have you been afflicted with the selective recall of most TV experts, and can remember only as far back as the last set of highlights you watched?
The 2013 Cowboys began the season by closing out the New York Giants all the way back in Week 1. It was a messy game where the offense had trouble clicking and the defense got abused on several big plays. With two minutes left and the Cowboys protecting a 6-point lead, the Giants had the momentum and the ball. Brandon Carr’s 49-yard pick-six boosted the lead to 13 points and closed that game out.
In Week 6, the Cowboys closed again. The offense struggled all game to move the ball, but managed to build an 8-point fourth quarter lead. With 9:40 to play, backup defensive end Kyle Wilbur strip-sacked Robert Griffin III as part of a four-man rush, leading to the game-icing touchdown – game closed.