Dallas Cowboys: Are the ‘Boys really back in town?
After knocking off the Super Bowl champs, the Dallas Cowboys extend their 2018 campaign. Does this mean the good old ‘Boys are back in town? Let’s chat.
Let’s be honest about the Dallas Cowboys. They needed this win, and they needed it in the worst kind of way. You know the narrative. Lose and go home. Win to stay in the race but more importantly, keep the 2018 story alive.
The ‘Boys did just that, defeating the Eagles, 27-20.
The Cowboys have zero time to enjoy this marquee win over the Super Bowl champs. At 4-5, the team has little room for error. They are two games behind the division leaders in Washington. The Redskins have already beat America’s Team, so it’s game on.
Oh, and the Dallas Cowboys are in the meaty stretch of their schedule. Next up is a rematch in Atlanta, where the Falcons pestered quarterback Dak Prescott into an early retirement last year.
Following that, the ‘Boys head home to face the Redskins on Thanksgiving and then face the red-hot New Orleans Saints the following week. And then, it’s game on again with the Eagles in what could be a season-defining contest.
The Cowboys need a recipe of their greatest hits, and they need it now. After handing the Eagles their fifth loss, does this mean the ‘Boys are officially back in town?
My take? Yes and no. Here are three recipes the Cowboys got going for them. These ingredients will determine the next four big games.
1. Mr. Leighton Vander Esch
First off, heck of a name. It even sounds intimidating. Vander Esch was already stealing eyeballs before the Eagles game. Now, he’s stealing hearts. Huge difference. He is making the front office look like giants by taking him over Calvin Ridley and others.
Number 55 and Jaylon Smith have their hands full during this stretch. Can the duo produce a 2016, Dak and Zeke like season on the defense?
2. Throw him the dang ball!
All right. Fine. I was wrong about Vander Esch and so far, I’ve been wrong about Amari Cooper too. This guy changes the DNA in Big D. Simple as that. This guy is a football player. A difference maker. A weapon. The question is, can quarterback Dak Prescott launch Cooper the ball in key moments?
3. Ezekiel Elliott gets his wish
Zeke, I’m not going to lie to you. You upset me. You hurdle over a safety in epic fashion but somehow allow the turf to trip you up. Nobody was in front of you. The window for six was right there and you tripped on your own. You stink.
Okay fine, yeah you had 151 yards on the ground, a score, six receptions, and a receiving touchdown. Big whoop. How about finishing the play, you big dork.