These Dallas Cowboys are Serious Contenders
By Tyler Harris
Ladies and gentlemen, this Dallas Cowboys football team is for real. They keep defying the odds, and winning by playing their own brand of smash-mouth football.
Nobody expected the Dallas Cowboys to stroll into Lambeau Field and dominate the Green Bay Packers. I mean nobody! Yet, that’s exactly what this young Cowboys team did. They strolled into the Lambeau, beat the Packers convincingly and ate some cheese, too.
When a young team goes on the road you don’t expect great results. When a young team starting a rookie quarterback and running back goes on the road, you almost chalk it up as experience and look to the future. However, the Cowboys are different. They keep winning with this young team, and rookies at two of the most pivotal spots on the football field.
Not only did this young team go on the road and get a victory at Lambeau Field, they did it short-handed and for only the second time in team history! At some point we have to stop second guessing this team, and realize that they are serious contenders. They keep defying all odds, and proving that they belong in the conversation for best teams in the NFC and perhaps the NFL.
Magical things just seem to keep happening for this team. You can call it luck, but I am a big believer that you create your own luck in life and these Cowboys are on top of that.
This defense that is supposed to be one of the league’s worst forced 4 turnovers. That is quite the feat when you consider they only had 11 all of last year. Every time things began to look dicey for Dallas, the defense bailed them out! That’s what great teams and great defenses do. I am not ready to call this defense one of the best in the league, but they are far better than most people give them credit for.
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Add in the fact that this team is winning without a multitude of stars and it makes it that much more impressive. Stars such as Tony Romo, Dez Bryant, and Orlando Scandrick have missed substantial time, but the team doesn’t blink and keeps on winning despite the fact. The defense also lost stud corner-back Mo Claiborne at halftime to a potential concussion and kept on dominating without him. What universe is this?!
The Cowboys pass-rush was non-existent most of the game, yet the defense was able to force four turnovers. Defensive-end David Irving had the game of his life recording the only sack of the game and forced three fumbles throughout the game. That’s the type of performance Dallas is going to need from this no-name defense to keep this momentum going.
Speaking of momentum, this type of roll the Cowboys are on is not something that comes around often. The NFL is a very tough place to win in, let alone to win 5 games in a row. Many fans have drawn their lines in the stand on how they feel about who should be the starting quarterback between Dak Prescott and Tony Romo, but if it was me I would roll with the hot hand. This is amazing.
Fourth overall pick – running back Ezekiel Elliott – keeps proving why he was worth the pick and is arguably the best running back in the NFL during his rookie season. He is on pace to break Eric Dickerson‘s record for rookie rushing yards, and is a huge reason why the Cowboys keep winning. The rook was able to tote the rock 28 times for 157 yards. This was against the Packers defense who was allowing the fewest rushing yards since 1933. Talk about impressive.
I don’t know what this Cowboys team is cooking with, but they have the secret sauce. It doesn’t matter who the opponent is, or their game-plan, the Cowboys go out and play their type of football and dominate.
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That bodes well for them going forward. The nation is going to stop questioning and worrying about who they are playing next, and other teams are going to sweat when they see they have Dallas next. That’s one heck of a compliment that this team has earned, and they deserve to be feared. Because they are good. They are for real. They are contenders.