Not much longer until the regular season is completed for this year. Dallas has been nothing short of a roller coaster ride once more this season, consistently inconsistent. As sad as the Cowboys season has been, they are as of today, still in the play for the division as well as in play for a wild card spot if they get the other teams to help them along once again. However, the Cowboys never get that kind of luck. They may get help this week if the Baltimore Ravens can beat the Washington Redskins and the New Orleans Saints beat the New York Giants, but don’t count on it.
What is very amusing is the fact that the problem on the offense is blatantly obvious yet just last week the Cowboys signed another wide receiver and the Chicago Bears signed former Cowboys offensive lineman Andre Gurrode. Things that make you go hmmm?
Dec 2, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys tackle Doug Free (68) and guard Mackenzy Bernadeau (73) and center Ryan Cook (63) and guard Nate Livings (71) and tackle Tyron Smith (77) in the huddle during the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Cowboys Stadium. The Cowboys beat the Eagles 38-33. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
So the Cowboys are in the playoff race and playing for their post season lives and yet nothing has been done to beef up the offensive line and give quarterback Tony Romo a bit of time to do his thing.
This has been a problem for the last couple of seasons. Positions that are needed to be sustained are not being addressed during the off-season, pre-season, or even when the Cowboys playoff hopes are on life support. If the fans can see it, you can bet that the management office can. So are they choosing to ignore it? Understandably you cannot prevent injuries from happening, but what sets other teams apart from the Cowboys is the fact that they have depth and talent throughout their team not just the starters.
With all of that being said, the Dallas Cowboys are on life support and the plug will be pulled on Sunday when they face the Cincinnati Bengals. Interestingly enough, the Bengals and Cowboys have only beat one “power” team and that happened to be the New York Giants. With the AFC being as tough as they are this year, it’ll be surprising to see Dallas pull this game out especially since neither the offense or defense can get on the same page at the same time.
Dallas almost lost to the Eagles on Sunday night and the defense was struggling without running back LeSean McCoy nor DeSean Jackson playing. Cincinnati wide receiver A.J. Green is going to be giving Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr more problems than he had last week and Carr struggled throughout the entire game last week. Matter-of-fact, most of the defense struggled last week until the fumble late in the fourth quarter that Morris Claiborne returned for a touchdown. The only positive thing could be watching former Cowboys cornerback Terrance Newman running down Dez Bryant. It will be nice to see that from the other side of the ball this time.
This week, the Cowboys can’t come into this game ill-prepared and complacent. If they are to win this game, they need the kill instinct which they never seem to have especially with Jason Garrett at the helm. Sorry Cowboy fans, but it looks like the plug gets pulled this week against the Bengals and this will make for another off-season with a little less spark of hope burning.