Riding high on a four game winning streak feels pretty good, doesn’t it! What a great game last Sunday night, it was a perfect example of a team coming together for a victory against an intense rivalry. The teamwork executed by the Cowboys made it even harder to choose game balls this week. Of course, that’s a great problem to have. In the words of Coach Phillips, “Everybody made plays when the game was on the line.”
Marion Barber only rushed 12 times for 50 yards, but the true reason he is receiving this week’s game ball is for what he did in the last offensive drive of the game.
According to a story told by Keith Brooking, Barber came up to the defensive players on the sidelines and said:
‘I got this, the last offensive series. Don’t you worry guys.’
He was telling his teammates that he was going to seal the deal. He knew they had worked hard and he was guaranteeing them their work was done and the win was secure.
Barber did as promised and ran three consecutive plays accumulating 23 yards.
Now that may not do anything for his fantasy ratings but in my book that makes him clutch.
Thanks for your hard work Barber!
This week’s defensive/special teams game ball goes to Jay Ratliff.
Can you say BEAST?
Jay Ratliff finished the day with 5 tackles and 2 sacks for losses of 17 yards.
I also enjoyed the story about him getting into it with Wade Phillips.
Wade Phillips told reporters a story from halftime…
“At halftime, we came in and he says, ‘My fault on the running game,’” Phillips recalled about Ratliff. “And I said, ‘No it isn’t your fault.’ He jumps back at me and said ‘ITS MY FAULT’ I said, ‘Ok it’s your fault.’ But he said he would get it corrected. And sure enough they had 16 yards rushing in the second half, so it wasn’t all his fault, he played some things different second half than he did in first half.”
Keep howling J-Rat!
Way to go to Barber and Ratliff!
Honorable Mention: Roy Williams with 5 catches and 75 yards, Gerald Sensabaugh with 6 tackles and an interception, and Mike Jenkins for just being awesome and making me shout ‘JENKS’ several times each game after he makes an amazing play.