Does anyone else find it humorous to hear all of the negativity surrounding the success, or lack thereof, of the Dallas Cowboys this year. It seams that having a .500 record after four games means that there is no hope of going to the big dance, or even the playoffs according to most everyone who seems to have an opinion of these Cowboys. Folks, they are 2-2.
That’s two wins, and two losses. That’s it. Need I remind anyone that a 10-6 record will usually land you a spot in the wild card? The season is far from over, in fact it’s just getting warmed up.
Think about this, if the cut off line for the playoffs happens to be 10-6, the Cowboys would need eight more wins in twelve more games. Yes that’s a lot, but look at the schedule. The Cowboys still have to play the winless Chiefs, a Raiders team that has only beaten the Chiefs, the 1-3 Seahawks, and the 2-2 Chargers. Not to mention two games against a Redskins team that looks absolutely horrible ever time they step on the field. That’s six games that this team should have no problem winning. If the Cowboys do indeed win all six of those games, they would only have to win two more games all season. The rest of their opponents include the Giants, Green Bay, Atlanta, New Orleans, and the Eagles twice.
Now I realize that there’s a lot of ifs, buts, and maybes, however things might not be as bad as they seem. I hear a lot of people making the statement “well the only teams the Cowboys have beaten, are still winless after four games.” Ok, but the only teams that they have lost to are undefeated after four games. How many of you realize that? Let’s look at the two teams that these “terrible” Cowboys have lost to. First off, they lost to the Giants. The Giants are widely regarded as the best team in the NFL, and odds on favorites to make the SuperBowl. Second, they lost to the Broncos, who are now regarded as one of the Best teams in the NFL after beating the Cowboys.
Still skeptical? How about this, the Cowboys have lost to two of five remaining undefeated teams by a combined total of nine points. And both games went down to the last second. The Giants, once again widely regarded as the best team in football, had to beat these Cowboys on a last second field goal. And the Cowboys dominated the entire game against the Broncos, until they were beaten by a single player’s outstanding ability. And oh by the way, the Cowboys were in position to tie that game at the end, but just couldn’t get it done. They are literally two plays away from potentially being 4-0.
While the Cowboys haven’t looked outstanding this year, they haven’t looked horrible either. The season is still just getting started so don’t jump off the ship just yet. There is still plenty of football to be played and the Cowboys will certainly have the opportunities to get back in the hunt for a championship.