We’ve all heard the news coming out of Valley Ranch lately — the Dez blow up, the Hardy questions that just will never end, injuries and so on. But truth be told, today is the only thing that matters. Dallas HAS TO BEAT Tampa Bay if they have ANY hope of winning the NFC East.
This upcoming week should mark the long-awaited return of Tony Romo to try and help salvage the Cowboys season. If the likes of Matt Cassel, Darren McFadden, and Demarcus Lawrence do not step up and help the Cowboys secure a victory, Romo’s return may be moot.
The Cowboys have no reason to lose today’s game. They are the better team, they have more talent, and they by hell better be playing with more intensity and desperation. Let’s take a look at what the Cowboys need to be successful.
I will give Cassel his due. He played better last week than I thought possible, yet another pick six — his second in three games. Cassel has got to protect the football.
The offensive line has been playing solid of late, but if there’s one thing that we can count on each and every game so far this year it’s bone-headed pre-snap penalties. They have got to stop.
Dan Bailey and Chris Jones have been money. The rest of the special teams, not so much. It’s time to make a play. This doesn’t mean running back a punt, but how about a simple punt return to flip the field position in the Boys’ favor.
We’ve come to expect a lot more from this Cowboys defense — no sacks after the third quarter, no turnovers in who knows how long, not being able to provide just one critical stop.
Time to put Mr. Winston on the ground and help him search for some earthworms. Along with a turnover or two to give the offense a few extra possessions.
The Cowboys can get it done, but it’s up to them. If they fail yet again, and for the seventh game in a row, it’ll be time for the Cowboys and everyone associated with the team to take a good hard look in the mirror to re-evaluate what they are.