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.