1. The Cowboys Have Insane Confidence Right Now
One thing that’s completely immeasurable in sports, but incredibly important, is confidence. We’ve all seen when a team is simply out of rhythm and just knows things aren’t going to turn around for them.
We saw this in 2015, when Tony Romo was injured and the Cowboys suffered through the Brandon Weeden/Matt Cassel/Kellen Moore era. We saw it again in 2020, when Ben DiNucci had to start as both Dak Prescott and Andy Dalton were injured.
While all of that is true, we’ve seen the opposite this season. This team has been playing with a lot of confidence. They did so when Prescott was out, as Cooper Rush led them to a 4-1 record. They also showed it when they took it to the Minnesota Vikings in a 40-3 blowout, which followed a frustrating loss to Green Bay.
That belief carried into Week 13, as the Cowboys saw the Colts hanging on but never batted an eye. When it was 21-19, they held on. Once DaRon Bland broke up a two-point conversion, the rout was on.
After the game, Micah Parsons didn’t hold back either, as he noted how well his defense is playing.
It’s not just the defense, either. As good as Parsons and the crew have been, the offense is highly efficient as well. Both Pollard and Elliott are running well, and while Prescott has thrown a few too many picks, he’s also had five games in a row with multiple touchdown passes.
There’s no reason to think they won’t continue to feel confident against Houston, which is another reason to believe they’ll walk away with the win.