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We are a quarter of the way through the season, and so far the Dallas Cowboys are maintaining their status of being a .500 team for the third straight year. While I have tried to stay positive and keep reminding everyone that America’s Team is slowly becoming a better team, there is still one enormous factor that is eluding them: consistency.
Consistency has probably become a new “four letter word” around Valley Ranch. If you’ve seen or heard any Cowboys’ player or coach in an interview or press conference, you’ve heard them say it. But so far, they can’t seem to find any of it.
When the season began, I dreaded playing Kansas City and San Diego. Not because they are so much better than the Cowboys, but rather because anyone who has been watching America’s team for the past several years already knew that these would be the games where they would play flat. The ebb and flow of this team can just break your heart.
But this week, the Cowboys are really facing a problem against the Denver Broncos. This is a home game, and both the players and coaching staff are due to play a focused, methodical game. But the rub lies in the fact that Peyton Manning is having a season that is quite possibly going to be better than any quarterback from any era and the Broncos are on fire. I’m not saying the Cowboys can’t win, but simple logic is telling me that they should get spanked in this one.
What worries me the most about losing to the Broncos is the very real possibility that the Cowboys will be due for another flat performance when they face the Redskins the next week on October 13th. If they play flat and unfocused and the coaching staff does not make the correct adjustments, they could end up dropping three games in a row with the last loss being to a division rival. If that happens, the Boys would be sitting at 2-5 and the press would be throwing everyone under the bus.
I’m not pretending to have any answers here. But to me, the Cowboys are entering what could be the stretch of games that defines the entire season right now. So Coach Garrett, get everyone together and watch some Rocky movies, give Monty Kiffin a big truck stop cup of coffee and a butt load of game film, and figure out a way to get emotionally up and mentally focused for more than one week at a time.
This year, an 8-8 record could easily win the division and a home playoff game. It’s theirs to lose.