Something happened in Dallas that hasn’t happened in quite a while. The Dallas Cowboys won their second consecutive game, and improved to 7-5 – two games over .500. Is this Cowboys squad for real? Or is this just an illusion? Or maybe it’s the product of Tony Romo’s historically good play in the month of November? By the looks of things, the Dallas Cowboys are starting to find themselves, and the culture head coach Jason Garrett has been implementing is finally taking root.
Could you feel the panic yesterday afternoon when the Cowboys went down two scores with a little less than two minutes remaining in the first half? If you did you were an outlier, because somewhere in the back of most people’s mind we knew this year’s Cowboys were far from out of it. Just like that, Dallas reeled off 21 unanswered points and you knew there wasn’t going to be any other outcome than a Cowboys victory.
When the running game seemed like it was stalling out and wouldn’t be effective did it seem like the ship was sinking? The second half proved to be a huge confidence booster for the Cowboys’ backs and offensive line. Dallas rushed for a combined 144 yards on the day with DeMarco Murray scoring three times on the ground and Lance Dunbar gaining 82 yards on 12 carries. The momentum is building in Dallas and it’s no coincidence the appearance of an actual run game has a lot to do with it.
Did anyone else feel the calming effect that came from knowing Romo has been playing one of the best seasons in his career? After he lead the offense down the field last week against the New York Giants for the game-winning score, today’s deficit didn’t seem like it was that big of deal. You sure don’t want to see your team go down by two scores so quickly, but with the season Romo has been having it feels like no game is out of reach.
Even the defense is getting in on the act. They looked like they were going to give the game away in the first half, and then with the increased play on the offensive side of the ball in the second half; the defense stepped it up and shut down the Raiders after they reeled off 21 points in the first half (seven of which came thanks to the opening kickoff blunder by Terrance Williams).
There’s a trend here. The Cowboys are building steam and it looks like their playoff hopes are getting closer to becoming a reality.