The Dallas Cowboys’ win over the Houston Texans on Sunday was the definition of ugly. For nearly all 60 minutes, Dallas was out-classed by a team that’s not far off from clinching the NFL’s worst record and No. 1 pick in the 2023 draft.
The kicker, however, is that the Cowboys didn’t succumb to their worst performance of the season. Did they deserve to lose? Probably. But after Houston gave them another life with some questionable game management and play-calling late in the game, Dallas did what any good team would: they found a way to win.
All wins aren’t created equal. Expecting a team to steamroll an opponent because of a lopsided spread is shortsighted. It is the NFL, after all. The drubbing in Minnesota was an anomaly. Blowout wins are few and far between.
Instead of harping on the fact that the Cowboys almost wet themselves, shouldn’t we applaud their resilience? That’s certainly the sentiment ESPN analyst, and former Washington quarterback, Robert Griffin, preached after the game.
Robert Griffin III, Jayron Kearse call out hypocrites after Cowboys’ resilient win vs Texans.
Regardless of Griffin’s ties to Washington, he’s speaking facts here.
The Cowboys obviously have to clean up their act. Whatever is the cause of the continuous slow starts needs to be nipped in the bud. Against better opponents, Dallas won’t be able to up the intensity in the second half and walk away winners.
A game is never as simple as a spread drawn up in Vegas. The Texans have a head coach in Lovie Smith who might be coaching for his job. The same can be said for quarterback Davis Mills, with Houston likely to have their pick of the QB litter come April. Not to mention the in-state rivalry narrative, and the fact that every team (sans the Vikings) gets up to play the Cowboys.
The hypocrites were out in full force among the general media on Monday, and Jayron Kearse made sure to put them on blast.
Is anyone surprised?
When the Eagles grind out a victory against the Colts, the media deems it a character-building win for a championship-level team. Much like the Cowboys against the Texans, though, Philly needed a rushing touchdown in the final two minutes to see out the victory.
We’re not asking the media to wax poetic about the win, but maybe show a little more appreciation for how it was done?
Between the DeMarcus Lawrence-led goal line stand to keep the game alive, and the offense driving 98 yards in less than three minutes to take the lead, this was a true character-building win for the Cowboys.
Kearse and RGIII hit the nail on the head.