Nov 10, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) against the New Orleans Saints during the second half of a game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints defeated the Cowboys 49-17. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Cowboys: After Bye Week, Every Game Is An Elimination Game

The Cowboys must win the next two games. They have to.

For the season to mean anything, for it to linger longer, the next two are the most important two to win.

If they drop to the New York Giants, or to the Oakland Raiders, I say pack it up. Sure, the division title might still be in sight, but why leave it up to an ailing division to take something by default?

Prove it Dallas.

Lose? Pack it up Cowboys. Because it will be over.

Welcome to the November playoffs. From here on out. Game?

Expect this anemic team to come out pounding. Energized. Youthful. Powerful. Anything less, even an ounce off, then it’s over. No division title. No playoffs. Again.

The Cowboys must come out swinging. And swinging hard. That’s the mentality. At least, it should be. With the NFC East division as tight as it is, room for error should be sent away.

Monte Kiffin has work to do. Ultimately, two weeks is enough to turn his defense around. Otherwise, get out of the booth upstairs and check into a retirement home. Your friend Rob Marinelli will do just fine (perhaps better).

Your players will have an extra week to heal. Ware. Hatcher. Durant. Mo Claiborne. Wilcox. Lee. Healthier. But how about you, sir Kiffin? The best thing to happen to you so far is a bye week?

And now on to Tony Romo and the inconsistent offense. With the defense now the most desired opponent to play against in the history of the NFL, the Romo connection to anyone on the field is more important now than ever.

You win by scoring points. Of course. But with the defense giving up more value than the McDonald’s dollar menu, Tony Romo and company will have to offensively out match teams to win. At this point, the offense should play as if every drive is their last. Like their life depends on it. Like the Denver game.

Play as if you are behind. Play as if you are about to lose. Play to your strengths, not the opponents.

This year, the playoffs start early. Hopefully someone in Dallas gets the memo. If not, somebody needs to get Kiffin off AOL’s dial-up.

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  • californy

    A good GM must be way a head of the game. It to bad we don’t have that GM working for Cowboys. If JJ is smart, right after the Raider game the next day he should start dumping player and start building this team for the play off drive and toward the future. There are several Good Offensive line out there we can get for almost nothing, this would save us from having to address that position in next year draft. There are more than just Offensive lineman we can add to the roster.

    I would like the Cowboys to add, Collin Klein Qb 6-4 225 lbs 4.4 40 speed. Klein a player who had 4900 yards passing and 50-TD on the ground the last 2 years of college ball. I would use him as a RB and TE until we can get a better QB coach to coach him up. Please look up Ultimate Collin Klein o youtube and see what I see in this Heisman candidate of last year

  • SmartThinking

    As much as I hate to admit it, I have absolutely no faith in this team to do what is necessary to win their division. With six games left to play there are questions re: if Dallas can win any of those games.

    This upcoming New York game will tell us a great deal about how this team reacts to adversity following the bye. The Giants are on record stating they’re viewing this Sunday evening’s game as a blood match. Dallas should take that seriously and, hopefully, they’re adding some unique offensive schemes. If Dallas loses, the season is virtually lost, plain and simple.

    Oakland is winning games against better teams than they are. This game will not be as easy as some people think. Remember the pre-season game when the Raider defense woke up and beat Dallas?

    If Rogers is back, the Green Bay game will be a loss as well. Dallas’s current defensive backs can’t compete with Green Bay’s receivers and Rogers’ arm for an entire game.

    Washington, maybe, but tough.

    Finally, Philadelphia. The way they’re tearing up defenses is impressive.

    I just don’t see Dallas showing the will it takes to beat a team better than they are. They haven’t shown that kind of character all this year and won’t against the Eagles either.

    I see Dallas winning one, maybe two games through the balance of this season. They’ll finish second behind the Eagles or probably third behind Philadelphia and New York.

    It’s not pretty but, based on what we’ve seen so far from this team, but it’s accurate.