Dec 22, 2013; Landover, MD, USA; Dallas Cowboys kick returner Micheal Spurlock (15) is pushed out of bounds by Washington Redskins running back Roy Helu (29) during the first half at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Cowboys Playing For It All

The Dallas Cowboys will be putting it all on the line again in Week 17. Since 2000, the final game of the season hasn’t been too kind to them. They are 2-11 in those game but both wins did come at the expense of their opponent Sunday night the Philadelphia Eagles. However since winning against the Eagles in the final weeks of 2009 and 2010 they haven’t won in Week 17. The Eagles could be just what the doctor ordered. I refuse to mention the “win or go home” stat because it only seems to apply to Tony Romo.

Despite the how poorly the defense has played in recent memory, they got a key stop for the Cowboys who were down six at that point. Unless they give up over 700 yards to the Eagles, the New Orleans Saints 2012 campaign will remain as the single worst defense in the history of the NFL. On a positive note, Monte Kiffin’s defense set up Romo for his 11th game winning drive since 2011 (best in the NFL). His stat line won’t look too impressive but you can’t talk about his toughness enough. Dealt with a back issue all week and fought through the pain in his knee to get his team in position to win.

So now the focus turns to the Eagles after their 54-11 thrashing of the Chicago Bears on Sunday Night Football. The win over the Redskins was huge for this team, had Dallas lost the Eagles would be division champions. This game has a lot more riding on it than just the playoffs. This game could decide the fate of this coaching staff. As it sits right now, head coach Jason Garrett has a career record of 29-26 and has yet to reach the playoffs in his three plus years at the helm of the Cowboys. Fans are getting restless and this will be “put up or shut up” time for Garrett and company.

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  • SmartThinking

    Mercifully, after the Eagles do their thing next Sunday evening, we can finally put this nag of a team out of its misery for this season. Then Jerry Jones can have all the post season to begin his coaching circus search for, what, the fifth or sixth time since he fired Landry.

    • Jimmy DeMarco

      I actually don’t think Garrett will go. I do think they need to get a new OC, at least. Kiffin, who knows. Jerry loves that guy. I keep hearing lovie Smith and Sumlins name coming up as HC possibilities, but I don’t see Jerry doing it.

      The one thing I can tell you, the surgery that Romo is going to have, I just had the exact same surgery in October. He will never be the same player again, ever. My rehab was going great. I was doing intense PT, still am of course. My leg strength was about 95%, my back was getting it’s range of motion back and I was pretty much done with my Walker.
      December 11th, my daughter turned 2. She half ran into my to hug me, I kind of leaned forward, done. I’m back to square one. I can barely pick my foot up off the ground, can’t bend over at all, have to use my Walker to go 4 feet to the bathroom, can’t pick up anything over 10 lbs, and that’s even stretching it.

      Now I know that I’m not an athlete & not even close to being in shape like Romo is and do not have the same medical staff, facilities and equipment that he does. But he won’t ever be the same guy.
      And to me, that’s a bigger issue going forward for them.

      • David Kerr

        God why did you have to tell us this story. I just want to live in my blissful ignorance that Romo will come back and have an Adrian Peterson like year.

        • Jimmy DeMarco

          Sorry bud. I’m just trying to give insight on what the future may be for us.
          I don’t know if this changes their draft strategy and go after a qb now, or if they’ll hope that he comes back to complete health.

          • David Kerr

            I think it would be wise if for the Cowboys to draft and develop a young QB. If this Season has taught us anything, it’s that backup QBs are very valuable in the NFL.

          • Jimmy DeMarco

            I completely agree. And I think I’m the only person in the world who thinks we should draft AJ McCarron from Alabama. I think he’s going to be great in the NFL. But other people think I’m wrong. He will definitely be there in the 4th round, hopefully lol.

            I think an elite safety, 2 pass rushes/run stoppers, on offensive lineman and a qb is what they should draft. I would really like to see them trade a couple of players for another pick, maybe late second or third round.

            For us Cowboy fans, this is probably the most important draft in years. Jerry has to get this one right. If he doesn’t, we’re going to continue to be 8-8, year after year.

        • Jimmy DeMarco

          Just to add something else. Barring the surgery not taking or Romo, after the surgery, deciding he doesn’t want to continue playing because he may be scared of having permanent damage or worse, he will be the qb in 2014. But, what the injury means, Dallas will have to change their entire philosophy, on both sides of the ball.
          They will have to become more run oriented & MUST build a top defense.
          Dallas must ensure Romo stays up right and keep him healthy.

          It could be a blessing in disguise that Romo got injured. & I mean that in a positive way. Because Dallas has to change the way they play football. The need to be more like Seattle, sf, Cincinnati, Carolina, Arizona… Run the ball, hit you with good passes when you get single coverage & have a top tier defense.