I took a good look at the remaining games in our schedule last night and decided that our two remaining big challenges will come against the San Diego Chargers and the New Orleans Saints. We still have four games remaining against our divisional foes; two against the Redskins and one each against the Eagles and Giants. Sandwiched in between all of that is what should be a laugher against the Oakland Raiders.
With just eight games remaining, I figure that we need to win at least five of those games to clinch the wild card, six to clinch the division and seven to clinch the bye. The only games that have me a little worried are the two matchups against the Saints and Chargers.
A win in Green Bay would be another huge hurdle toward getting to the promised land. The benefit of being all alone in first place means that we control our own destiny. But, as the Giants have already shown, a teams hold on first place can be very fragile.
Tony Romo and the Cowboys are about to embark on a big opportunity to dispel the growing myth that the Cowboys always fold when it’s crunch time. Our detractors say we haven’t been able to close the deal in the last three seasons, and to a point they are right. However, the schedule makers have rewarded us with a somewhat easy task the rest of the way. As long as we remain focused and committed, we should be able to see this through.
Most of the burden will rest clearly on the shoulders of Tony Romo. But unlike the last three years, Romo is clearly the leader of this team and not some loudmouth selfish wide receiver.
A win in Lambeau Field today may help build the cushion we need to keep the Eagles and Giants at bay. Although both teams are struggling now, all of that can change quickly. After all it wasn’t long ago that we were the team floundering in the NFC East.
I became aware of an interesting stat that said both Tony Romo and Aaron Rogers are tied for the NFL lead in completions of 40 or more yards. It should be quite an show today as both teams air it out. Look for big games from Austin and Williams, and lets hope that our boys in the secondary find themselves in all the right places.
Enjoy the game and Go Cowboys!