The Boys Are Back!

Felix JonesThe Thanksgiving Day game just reinforced my belief that the Dallas Cowboys are a TEAM, not a bunch of individual stars making amazing plays. They worked together and did it well!

The Cowboys I saw playing yesterday looked like a totally different team than the one I watched last weekend vs the Redskins. They showed why they’re called America’s Team. They played with heart and a desire to win which, to be honest, is something I haven’t seen much of this season. Tony Romo was distributing the ball well. Jones, Barber, Austin, Williams, and Witten all made some key plays. Choice had a huge run in the first quarter with the Razorback formation for 66 yards. The offense wasn’t making the silly mistakes like they did last week that cost them some needless penalties and despite the injuries, they were able to protect Romo well. Another key to this huge win was the fact that Romo didn’t throw any interceptions and there weren’t any turnovers….or more importantly, no points off turnovers. The Dallas offense just could not be stopped once they got started. I was amazed at all the 10+ yard plays! Even Witten, with his injured foot, had a 100+ yard game which he hasn’t done since last season.

The Cowboys have more than a week to rest up and get ready to take on the division rival New York Giants. As long as Romo’s back can hold up, Witten’s foot gets better, and their offensive line can keep it together, they shouldn’t have any problem picking apart the Giants like they did to the Raiders. The Giants have been rather weak on offense lately and the Dallas defense has been playing to win. Ratliff was so explosive and really impressed me. Of course, DeMarcus Ware is always a force to be reckoned with. Hell, for that matter, the entire defensive line is! I really could not find a single thing to complain about how they played yesterday.

The next 5 weeks are key in the hopes of the Cowboys making it to the playoffs. Sure, they’re the division leaders right now but they still need to get past the Giants, then San Diego, New Orleans, Washington, and Philadelphia. If Dallas can keep playing the type of football that they did on Thanksgiving, there should be no reason they can’t make it to the Superbowl. Yes, I said the Superbowl! They haven’t won a postseason game in years, and it’s about time they do! The Cowboys that played yesterday CAN make it to the playoffs and beyond.

Comments
  1. Yeah, if they can keep playing like this there is no stopping them! Cant wait to take on the Giants and get our revenge from that first game, and stomp Philly again!

    It was good to see Felix Jones come alive again, I knew during that touchdown run, if he got through that hole no one was catching him!

    What a Warrior Witten is! What else can you say about Austin, that guy is unbelievable!

    Spencer, Bradie and Ware! Oh my!

    It was a great Thanksgiving thats for sure!

  2. I like the win, but let’s be honest for a second. It’s the Oakland Raiders, which they only have 3 wins. Certainly there are a lot of positives from the game, but there is a lot of negatives too. So let’s not get too optimistic here with the “superbowl” contender label.

    -Tony Romo had about 2-3 dropped interceptions
    -Roy Williams had about 2-3 dropped very catchable balls
    -too many penalties
    -no one can handle speed rushers from the outside
    -Nick Folk has turned into an average to below average kicker.
    -Felix Jones has lost that “burst” he once possessed before the injury this year. He was almost caught, and in the past, no one could catch him, not even close.
    -Marion Barber isn’t the same runningback he was before his big pay day, when he was backing up Julius Jones, he was the hardest back to bring down in the NFL!

    • Michelle

      Oakland has had some surprising wins this season. I don’t think I’m jumping the gun with my Superbowl comment. The Boys played like they really wanted it, and that isn’t something we’ve seen from them in a long time. The last couple weeks have been rather pathetic and in the Thanksgiving game, they pulled their heads out of their behinds and played like the pros they are.

  3. Nice post Michelle!

    Even though it was the Oakland raiders as matt says, Any Given Sunday. This Raiders team upset the Eagles in a big way and have played significantly better since they switched to Gradowski.

    The important thing to note is that we are now heading into week 13 with a two game lead. That means we are now within 3 more wins of clinching the division. All we have to do is win 3 of the last 5 games.

    *If one of those wins is against the Giants next week, we only need one more win to clinch!

    That is why the win against Oakland is so big.

    Plus, for three years the Cowboys have been playing down to their competition, so finally they did what they were supposed to do against a bad team, they demolished them.

    • Josh

      THAT WAS THE BEST STATEMENT MADE ALL YEAR!!!! Dallas has for years played down to their apponents. They have not showed that killer instinct against the worse teams in the league. The win on Thursday shows this year they have that drive, that “KILLER INSTINCT” to make it to the superbowl.

      VERY WELL SAID!!!!!

  4. Mary Lou Herrera

    I agree with mattwb191. This game should have been a very easy game for the BOYS, and they made it look difficult with so many plays that they were supposed to score with. Also, these were the raiders, and the penalties were atrocious. Runs from Choice and Barber were erased by these penalties. Romo is still mediocre at best and the offensive line is at times zombie like. The defense plays well at the start, and then they get tired or are out to lunch. Brooking for the most is a damn good player along with Ratliff. I agree that Barber is not at his best, but in any given Sunday, I would want him on my team. He never uses excuses like my hamstring, or any part of his leg hurts. He goes out there and gives it his all by playing with heart. I’m still a major COWBOY FAN, I guess I just have high expectations. Go COWBOYS!!!

  5. Tom

    I don’t know what else people want from Romo. He played hurt. You could clearly see that. This was a good TEAM win, but in regards to Romo, do you want to take your 5 other QBs and a losing record to say, “We have a QB with potential?” OR, do you take a guy who has shattered almost every team record at the position and while he’s not the best QB in the game, he will always give you a chance. I don’t know what fans want. I for one don’t want to return to those days where you didn’t know what was going to happen from one play to the next.

  6. Rob V.

    Wow!!! I’m not really sure what else some people want from this team. It seems as though if the Boys don’t win by at least 24 points, score over 30 points, gain at least 450 yards, hold the opponent to 150 yards and 10 points every single game that something is wrong. This team is 8-3 and is two games up in the East. Romo has played well for the most part. Lets face it, Romo will never be perfect. He has only 7 INTs. And 3 of those were in one game. So in the other 10 games he has thrown only 4 INTs. This team is playing well, but not great which I think is the good thing. They can get better as we move into Decemeber. Yes, I know what history says about them, but there is a different feeling about this years team.

  7. We should never be content with that state of how the Dallas Cowboys are playing, it could easily turn back into how they were playing against the Green Bay Packers… We can’t afford to let up now, and let the Philadelphia Eagles catch up if not pass us. I believe we are relying too much on the big play. We need a true possession type receiver, and I understand Jason Witten is that for us, but we need Roy Williams to be one as well. The big plays won’t always be there for us, especially against a good defense. We need a clock control offense, with a balanced attack. JMHO.