If the Dallas Cowboys were a boxer, they would have been given a few standing eight counts in this 17 round fight of an NFL season. The good news is that, so far, every time Dallas takes a wicked punch (losses to Denver, Detroit and New Orleans) they have gotten themselves off the canvas and fought back with punches of their own (wins over the Redskins, Vikings and Giants). The bad news is that last week’s beating at the hands of the Bears marks the fourth time the Cowboys have either been left heartbroken or embarrassed. As any boxer knows, a strong chin is one thing but repetitive tests to that chin can ultimately lead to a knockout.
Dallas is on the verge of being knocked out. With three games to go, they essentially have two realistic options before them. The most simple of which would be winning the next two games at home against Green Bay and on the road over the Redskins to set up their third winner-take-all game in three years for the division crown. The only other option is to hope for Philadelphia to fail by losing either or both of their games at Minnesota or at home against Chicago. One thing is for certain, they CANNOT lose a home game to the Packers who will almost certainly be without their best player in Aaron Rodgers. Let’s break down the four biggest keys that should lead to a Dallas victory in this week’s edition of The Four Quarters.