What the Cowboys Need (1 of 3)
Last post, my theme was “the next three games”. It seemed like a pretty bold statement to say the whole season boiled down to these three games, but after the first two, it makes sense.
We have one more patsy (the Cardinals) left to play. I am still bitter that the NFL stole our whipping boy and gave them to the Niners, but they’re still the whipping boys. No one wants to say “victory in the bank” because we’ve done our best to give away the last two games against similarly hapless foes. Two games ago we were a .500 team struggling with injuries and inconsistent play facing a powerhouse Giants team that was running away with the division.
Oh what a difference 2 weeks make. The Giants have come back to earth harder than Sputnick and they face the Packers on short rest. The Cowboys face the aforementioned dirty birds on a very long rest and the Giants get the best team in football trying to cement an historic season. All the elements are in place for the division race to start at 8-4 v 6-6 heading into the last 4 games. This means that we have to beat the Giants ONCE to win the division (losing all our other games and the Giants winning out). I’ve done the math. If we split, we have the advantage in the second tie break.
We’re getting back Felix Jones and Miles Austin and our secondary has been quietly healing. We still have that big sucking hole in the middle of the zone, but Sean Lee is going to be the cure for that when he gets more experience and a working club-like-appendage at the end of his arm. A lot of things are going right for a change heading into December. But a lot of things go wrong in December. Is this the year that we break through? Even I don’t know the answer to that, but it’ll be a hoot to watch.