Well this is an interesting change. The Cowboy’s getting better as the season progresses?
At the risk of speaking too soon, we appear to have traded our seasonal November/December collapse for something the Cowboy’s haven’t given us much of in the last few years…consecutive wins.
Don’t get me wrong, these last two games were far from perfect. We certainly had our share of embarrassing moments (special teams, Carter & Heath). The difference being when we had to come together as a team, and when individuals were called upon to make big plays, they triumphed.
Ultimately that’s what makes for a winning team, right? It doesn’t always have to be pretty, as long as the big plays are made when they need to be.
The defense played very well despite the absence of Sean Lee, who I look forward to having back next Monday if all reports are correct. Although I still want to see the same level of aggression from the offense.
I’ve said before that the Bronco’s game was our most impressive offensive outing, I believe the reason for that is because we came into the game playing like we were behind. From our first snap of the ball we played as if we were trying to make up a 30 point deficit.
We played in a similar fashion with the loss of Sean Lee. Knowing that our defense was going to struggle with the absence of such a key player; our offense came out, once again, as though we had a deficit to overcome.
Now, imagine our defense is at full strength; we aren’t playing the Broncos, and we still come out offensively with the same intensity and aggression. Not only does that sound promising, it sounds like playing our type of game.
I have long theorized that we have no idea what type of game we play. We come out every week and let our opponents set the pace, leaving us to constantly adjust and try keep up. Why has Romo led us to so many fourth quarter, come from behind victories? Because we are playing our backs against the wall aggressive offense and it works.
This aggressive, back against the wall style IS our game. It’s what we do best and it clearly seems to be what Romo is most comfortable with. Now the obvious downside would be the likely increase in turnovers. But haven’t we been putting the ball on the ground anyways?
Even with the possible increase in turnovers, I think our defense can get the ball back for us. Plus, the increase in offensive production should well offset it. I would rather have 14 points and an interception over three possessions than a few consecutive three and outs. Wouldn’t we all?