It’s a great day to be a Dallas Cowboys fan, ladies and gentlemen!
The ‘Boys showed some restraint by not allowing themselves to be baited into a bulletin board battle in the week prior to their trip to the Meadowlands after G-Man Jason Pierre-Paul said that the Giants were planning a beat down of the Cowboys on Sunday afternoon. Hats have to go off to Dallas for keeping their eyes on the prize and letting their play on the field do their talking…yes, even Dez.
Dallas was finally able to finish a game. What’s even better than that, they did it in the hostile environment of the Meadowlands in frigid and breezy conditions. After New York tied the game with a fourth quarter touchdown and two-point conversion, Tony Romo led Dallas down the field for a last second field goal that put New York on ice and greatly diminished any meager playoff hopes they might have been harboring.
The importance of having DeMarco Murray back in the huddle certainly cannot be underestimated. The presence of a running threat gave the Giants more to chew on that just trying to get to Romo and, as a result, Dallas was able to convert some keep pass plays down the stretch. No matter who was sending in the signals on Sunday afternoon, the formula seemed to work and we can only hope that the Cowboys offense continues to be productive as the season winds down.
While it is usually a disappearing Dez down the stretch, Bryant made some vital catches in the second half Sunday afternoon. Although he did do some jaw-jacking during the contest, for the most part Bryant kept his cool. He was even seen on the receiving end of a heated exchange with Romo late in the game, which gave some hope that Romo isn’t afraid to let his receivers know how important it is that they keep their head in the game.
While some spotty defensive play made the game a lot more intense that it should have been, the overall effort on both sides of the ball was much improved. Playing all around good football will be key if the Cowboys are to keep their unbeaten NFC East streak going. The Cowboys 4-0 mark against division foes allows them some breathing room against the Philadelphia Eagles and may prove crucial to avoid a loser-go-home matchup up at Jerry’s World to end the season. The Eagles are currently sitting at 3-2 in the East and have been looking worlds better than they did when the Cowboys came calling earlier in the 2013 campaign.
Next up are the Oakland Raiders and here’s hoping that the Cowboys can have a repeat performance of what they did in the Meadowlands. A 7-5 mark would make the turkey and pumpkin pie go down a whole lot better in my neck of the woods.