Even though pretty much everyone plays down the NFL preseason results, I am certain I am not alone when I say I have hit the panic button when it comes to the Dallas Cowboys. Let’s face the obvious: the Cowboys don’t have a defense to rely on and their offense, although very promising, will have to put up serious points on the board every single game this season.
I cannot help but remember the Week Five loss to the Denver Broncos last year in which a 506 yard, five touchdown passing performance by Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo and 49 points produced by the offense were not enough to win. Let me say that again: 49 points were not enough to win.
Now, some will say this is in the past and that things have changed. But have they really? Because I honestly cannot see much of a difference. The offense seems improved but the defense looks as troubled as it has ever looked.
Now, before I am labeled as the most pessimistic Cowboys fan come regular season, I must say that I do believe there is a way the ‘Boys can pull it off this year and take the NFC East. But it’ll take something Dallas has lacked for some time. And that is: possession of the ball.
Sure, the offense can score. But will it really mean something if all the Cowboys do is score fast, as they did last year, and hand the ball right back to offenses who will tear our defense apart?
The Cowboys have sure won some games in this fashion recently, but they have certainly lost more. No sir, we can’t afford to depend exclusively on scoring ridiculous amount of points every game. We need to play smart. And that means we need to keep the ball away from the other teams’ hands.
Let’s keep honest: our defense sucks and it sucks badly. And the first step to win is to recognize this undeniable truth: All teams have weaknesses. But the winning teams know how to handle them.
It can be that simple, really. If the ‘Boys can manage to keep steady and fruitful offensive drives and drain the clock, the opponents won’t have much time to score. It’s so basic, it can be hard to believe at times. But this method of playing has won championships. It certainly did so for the New York Giants against the New England Patriots back in ’08. Were the Giants the better team? Hell no. But they did a heck of a job keeping the ball away from Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady.
And that’s what the Cowboys have to do. Every opposing quarterback for Dallas this year is a Brady. And Tommy Boy must not be given the ball if you want to beat him. Do this, and we might just have that pesky NFC East crown for a change!