As we all know by now the Dallas Cowboys lost an absolute heartbreaker to their bitter NFC East rivals, the Philadelphia Eagles, in a primetime game at Jerry World with future playoff implications on Sunday night. I think I speak for all of Cowboys nation when I say, "at the time, I can't remember a game that hurt as badly as this one did."
Jerry World, Philadelphia Eagles, heartbreaker, and loss.
That's just plain and simply the worst, and on top of that, Eagles fans act like they've never won a game before.
YES JORDAN FUCKING MATTHEWS FUCK YOU COWBOYS FUCK YOU FUCK YOU FUCK YOU YEAAAAAAAAAAAA FUCK THE REFS AND THE COWBOYS
However, after watching Jordan Matthews go over the goal line, run past the star and chuck the ball up into Cowboys Nation while it seemed like thousands of Eagles fans roared in glee, it's clear it wasn't the first time we've seen a narrative similar to this one before.
That brings me to a guy whose name not only brings joy to our lives whenever we hear it but also sounds like the owner of your local Italian restaurant. Antonio Ramiro Romo. Miss him yet, Cowboys Nation?
How about now?
Yeah, I do too. But while Tony Romo should go down as one of the most clutch Quarterbacks this league has ever seen, he also will go down as the Quarterback responsible for some absolutely gut wrenching and heartbreaking losses over the years.
We at Inside The Star figured it would be a great time to rank the top 5 most heartbreaking losses of the Tony Romo era because this is as low as it's been in years for Cowboys Nation. While reliving these moments will be hard for all us, this will make watching Tony Romo and our Boys finally hoisting that Lombardi trophy over their heads that much more bittersweet.
So let's get this over with...
New York Giants @ Dallas Cowboys 12/12/2011 - Week 14
Well, this one was brutal, and against Eli Manning and the Giants no less.
The Cowboys had 2 things go their way in this one and that was Sean Lee bringing in a great interception and Mario Manningham dropping that ball. Aside from that, it was the Giants getting some dumb luck and Eli Manning chucking up prayers off his back foot to convert a critical 3rd and 1.
Oh and Brandon Jacobs dancing like an absolute dunce on the star was chill.
Washington Redskins v. Dallas Cowboys 12/30/2012 - Week 17
Of all of the week 17 debacles the Dallas Cowboys had over the years, this one is by far the worst and most heartbreaking. RGIII running in for a score, Dan Snyder cheering in his skybox like a buffoon, Dez walking gingerly off the field, and Romo throwing that gross interception late were all equally cringeworthy.
Tough to top this one, but alas there are 3 more that are easily worse.
Green Bay Packers v. Dallas Cowboys 1/11/2015 - NFC Divisional Playoffs
Dez caught it.
Seattle Seahawks v. Dallas Cowboys 1/6/2007 - NFC Wild Card Playoffs
I remember watching only the second half of this one at a friends house fresh off of a hockey tournament game I had played earlier that evening. I have been a Cowboys fan since day 1 Cowboys Nation, but this game right here was where I really grew close to the team that I love and I'm sure some of the younger fans are right with me.
This one speaks for itself, though, and anyone who has followed the NFL or hated the Cowboys knows what happens in this one. I'll let the highlights speak for themselves.
Good thing Martin Gramatica laid a key block.
New York Giants @ Dallas Cowboys 1/13/2008 - NFC Divisional Playoffs
I know this list may cause some controversy, but this is by far the most heartbreaking loss the Dallas Cowboys have suffered on Tony Romo's watch - hands down.
Die hards of Cowboys Nation know that this was supposed to be "our year." The Giants were just the little kid with an ice cream cone at the beach on a hot day, and the Cowboys were one of the O'Doyle brothers just passing by.
Just one year removed from the terrible heartbreak the Seahawks handed the Boys, this just pushed the stake in our hearts even further.
That wasn't so hard was it, Cowboys Nation? Ok, yes, it was. But you know what? One day the Dallas Cowboys are going to raise that Lombardi Trophy over their heads in victory once again and we are going to look back at all of these moments and just smirk.
You wanna know what else?
Antonio Ramiro Romo is going to be the first to raise it.
Dak Prescott Impresses, Draws Compliments All Minicamp Long
Dak Prescott stood before the media Thursday in a Stetson Cowboy hat, answering questions about his upcoming contract extension.
“I’ve got my cowboy hat on, so I’m a Cowboy, we’ll say that.”
Prescott has cemented himself as the franchise quarterback of America's Team, and now it's time for the franchise to pay him like it. Set to earn roughly $34 million per year (according to recent rumors/reports), Prescott is going to be a very rich and comfortable man in the near future.
But, for now, he still plays under his fourth round rookie contract. You wouldn't be able to tell by watching him on the field, however. Though it was just minicamp, Prescott was impressive as ever over the last couple weeks of practice, earning praise from all levels within the organization.
Veteran Jason Witten complimented both Prescott's anticipation and accuracy, saying his throws have been "off the charts" at minicamp. Prescott himself said that this is the best he's felt since he's entered the league, and it certainly makes sense for this to be the case.
"Is it three years under my belt or just seeing defenses a whole lot more clear, being quicker and faster in everything I want to do, having great teammates around me? Who really knows the answer, but I feel great. I feel confident, and my teammates do, as well.” - Prescott to DallasCowboys.com
If Prescott was ever going to be comfortable, hungry, and ready to go, this is likely the time that it would happen. He has three relatively successful seasons under his belt, and ended 2018 on the best stretch of his career. He is the unquestioned starting quarterback for this team, and has the backing of every key decision maker in the building.
Prescott now has an offensive coordinator who he has not only worked closely with (in some capacity) since he entered the league in 2016, but is also being lauded for his creativity as an offensive mastermind. His quarterbacks coach, Jon Kitna, has been receiving similar praise for how he can coach up Prescott and get his footwork consistent, to help him "throw it through a Fruit Loop."
The time is now for Dak Prescott, and it's encouraging to see how he is responding to this increased pressure and responsibility. Then again we should have no doubt that he will respond positively, as he as throughout his entire young career.
Whenever faced with adversity, Prescott has answered the bell. Now he has all the supporters he needs, and just needs to prove them right.
Does RB Ezekiel Elliott Have A Chance At NFL MVP?
Who is the Cowboys best player?
As a running back, it's quite possible that Elliott is both the best of that bunch and the least important to the team's overall success. NFL.com's Adam Schein disagrees with the latter statement, however, placing Ezekiel Elliott among his top ten contenders for 2019 NFL MVP.
"I think the Cowboys are going to challenge for the Super Bowl in 2019 -- and I think Zeke fuels this team. When Elliott runs for 95-plus yards, the Cowboys are 19-4; when he falls below that benchmark, they're 9-8." - Adam Schein
Schein's prediction will no doubt make Cowboys Nation swoon, but does Elliott really have the opportunity to compete for an MVP award?
For one, this would require the Cowboys be among the best teams in the league this season. It's quite possible, as they did win 10 regular season and 1 playoff game a year ago, but it will have to happen once again for Elliott to be considered.
Next, Ezekiel Elliott would have to put up incredible numbers. Well, it's safe to assume this will likely be the case if condition one is met. Elliott is going to get a lot of opportunities to touch the ball each game, and finding himself among the league's rushing leaders has never been an issue for the young running back. Especially if the team has a lead and is running the ball to kill clock.
Even if both these conditions prove true, though, Elliott will still have trouble getting himself in the real MVP discussion. These awards tend to go to certain positions, and running back is not among that list. If Dallas has such a successful 2019, and their offense is clicking, it's more likely Dak Prescott will be the one contending for that MVP honor.
I know to some it sounds crazy, but Prescott will likely need to be closer to MVP level than Elliott if the Cowboys are to contend in the way Adam Schein suggests in his article.
So, likely, Schein should have named Prescott among his top ten MVP contenders, not Elliott.
Amari Cooper Says He’s Focused On Football, Not His Next Contract
It seems like all anyone has talked about this offseason is who the Cowboys should re-sign, and how they can go about doing so.
Wide receiver Amari Cooper, of course, is heavily involved in those conversations. The Cowboys used their 2019 first round pick to trade for the Pro Bowl wide out last season, and Cooper's emergence helped to turn their struggling offense around immediately.
In just 9 games with the Cowboys last season, he caught 53 passes for 725 yards and 6 touchdowns. He quickly gained the trust of quarterback Dak Prescott, and exhibited a chemistry with the young passer that no one else really has to this point. Outside of maybe Cole Beasley in 2016, perhaps.
While the football world seems to be focusing on what Amari Cooper's contract will look like after 2019, the receiver himself claims to be solely focused on the upcoming season. Cooper spoke with ESPN's Todd Archer about this very subject, emphasizing where his mind lies at this time.
"I just handle my business...I'm more anxious about camp and actually playing football." - Amari Cooper.
Amari Cooper has just one year left on his contract as he plays under the fifth year option from his rookie deal. Cooper will make $13.9 million this season, putting him behind some of the league's other WR1s like Odell Beckham Jr., Mike Evans, Antonio Brown, and DeAndre Hopkins.
There had been speculation around whether any of the Cowboys left with just one year on their contract would hold-out through parts of offseason activity, but Cooper alluded that it never seemed to cross his mind.
"I just want to get better and I love football. That's why I'm here" - Cooper.
Of course, Amari Cooper will play a huge role in the Cowboys offense in 2019. Combining him with a second year version of Michael Gallup, and new versatile threats like Tony Pollard and Randall Cobb, will help make the Dallas passing game as multiple as it's been in years.
The Cowboys will eventually need to get Amari Cooper locked up long term, but for the time being it seems like both he and the franchise are more focused on what will happen on the field in 2019 than in the negotiating room next Spring.
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