I’ve always said it doesn’t matter if the turkey is dry, the bread doesn’t rise or the pumpkin pie is runny. As long as the Cowboys come out of Thanksgiving Day with a victory, nothing else matters. This past Turkey Day, all the feast fixings turned out perfectly and Dallas came up with a big win, so there was plenty to be thankful for at this Cowboys fan’s address.
There is an old saying that goes something like…’winners find a way to win and losers find a way to lose.’ After the Cowboys’ comeback win against the lowly Raiders I think we can…for the time being anyway…put Dallas in the former category. After getting off to the worst start possible when rookie wideout Terrance Williams fumbled the opening kickoff, Dallas found themselves in a hole early. Williams was trying to fill the shoes of the Cowboys regular return guy, Dwayne Harris, who was sidelined with an injury. If there was ever any doubt about the value of Harris to this Dallas team, it was erased on Thursday afternoon.
After a first half that saw the Cowboys offense literally missing in action and the Dallas defense pretty much non-existent as well, the ‘Boys emerged from the locker room to start the second half with a vengeance. A bit of the momentum had shifted just before the half when Dallas marched down the field for a score that cut the Raider lead to 7 points. I don’t know what happened to Dallas during the Selena Gomez halftime show, but whatever it was the ‘Boys should bottle it and put it in a safe place to pull out whenever adversity rears its ugly head.
The Dallas defense turned up the heat on Oakland and all hands were finally on deck for the offense as the Cowboys finished the game and showed confidence and good fundamental football in the process. The biggest and best surprise of the afternoon had to be the play of running back Lance Dunbar. Before leaving with an injury late in the game, Dunbar shows flashes of breakaway speed that helped the Dallas running attack to a healthy showing against the Raiders’ defense. Unfortunately, we found out later that he will be missing the rest of the season, but at least we can look forward to his return in 2014.
Now Dallas can enjoy a 10 day break before they face the Chicago Bears with a chance to go…dare I even think it…8-5 on the season. By that time, hopefully, defense star Sean Lee will be healthy again, which should greatly improve Dallas’ chances to keep the Bears’ offense in check.
This Cowboys fan was hoping for a little help from the Arizona Cardinals when they visited Philly on Sunday after. It was not to be, though, and looking at the remaining schedule for both teams it appears that another loser-on-home finale might be inevitable for Dallas and the dreaded Eagles. This time Philly will be the visitors and maybe it will be the game that provides some unforgettable moments in Jerry’s World at last.