Oct 12, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) breaks a tackle by Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman (25) during the first half at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports
2: Week 6 | Dallas Cowboys 30-23 Seattle Seahawks
The fact we won this game still leaves me speechless. We beat the Super Bowl Champions (now runners up) in their own back yard where they “don’t” lose.
The Cowboys held the Seahawks to just 9 first downs (compared to our 23). Throughout the season the Cowboys maintained an impressive third down conversion rate, and it didn’t disappoint here either. Dallas finished with a 59% third down efficiency rating whilst Seattle had just 38%.
The Seahawks had a number of absentees through injury that game, but it’s unfair to suggest that’s why the Cowboys won. You can only defeat what’s put in front of you.
Dallas had a terrible start to the season losing against San Francisco 49ers and they started poorly against the Niners divisional rivals. Midway through the first quarter and down 10-0 at a notoriously difficult stadium. But they came back.
This game reflects the determination and ruthlessness that the Cowboys bought to the team this year. Seattle boast the best corner in Richard Sherman. He couldn’t handle Dez. They have one of the best running backs in Marshawn Lynch. Our O-Line handled him. They have one of the best run defenses in the league. Murray soon saw to that.
This is the result that got people to stand up and notice the Cowboys this season. Let’s not let them forget it.
1: Week 15 | Dallas Cowboys 38-27 Philidelphia Eagles
There’s not many things better in life than beating the Philadelphia Eagles. But beating them after they’ve topped the NFC East most of the year, constantly boasted about their Super Bowl chances and then fallen at the last hurdle is pretty sweet.
The Week 13 defeat was never a true reflection of this Cowboys team. Two games in four days is tough going for any NFL team. For the second game to be up against a fast no huddle offense is even harder. When you’re Tony Romo playing with injuries that require healing time each week then it’d require nothing short of a miracle to win.
For too long now the Cowboys have stumbled at the final hurdle. We’ve had too many must win Week 17 games of late. But not this year. The Eagles defeat saw the team go on a winning streak to round up the regular season, and this was my pick of the bunch.
The Cowboys came out to win and the Eagles were nervous. Every weakness was exploited. Mark Sanchez proved he’s no franchise quarterback whilst the defense put up against Dez was at times non existent.
#88 finished the game with 114 yards and three touchdowns and although Murray was kept below 100 yards he contributed with two scores. This was such a big test for the Cowboys and they didn’t just scrap through. They owned the Eagles. In fact, I might go watch that game again now.