Two weeks ago the Cowboys were sitting at 8-3 and on top of the NFC East. Then something happened that just could not be avoided. That something was the month of December. Now two weeks later the Cowboys are 8-5 and in second place in the NFC East after back to back losses to the Giants and Chargers. How can get things get any worse? Enter the New Orleans Saints. Did I mention that the Saints are a perfect 13-0 this season?
The Cowboys best defensive player DeMarcus Ware may not play due to a neck injury he suffered in the San Diego game.The team will more know about Ware’s status after practice on Wednesday.
Add to that the kicking issues with Nick Folk. Once known as Mr. Automatic, Folk has fallen on hard times this season. This week Folk is competing with David Buehler on field goals in practice. Wade Phillips expects Folk to kick come Saturday night as reported by DallasNews.com.
“Well, I mean, that’s what I would presume right now,” Phillips said. “We’re still working with Nick. He’s obviously been a good kicker but for whatever reason, he’s been in a slump lately. Can he come out of it? I think he can. We’ll just have to see. David (Buehler) is working more on field goals, but he’s a ways away.”
Also reported on DallasNews.com is that safety Ken Hamlin is expected to start against the Saints after missing four games with an ankle injury
Then there is Roy Williams. I’m sure everyone has seen his interviews throughout this season and how he approaches things with the media. This week he decided to go in another direction. With everything the Cowboys are going through and all the talk about now being 0-2 in December so far this season. It’s Roy Williams who is the voice of confidence coming from the Cowboys locker room as reported by ESPN.com.
“Might as well crown them, right?” Williams said with more than a hint of sarcasm Tuesday. “They’re undefeated. It’s December. We don’t have a chance.”
“This is a two-round fight, and this is just the first round, in my eyes,” Williams said. “I don’t know about everybody else, but I think we’re going to see this team in the playoffs down the road.”
“If we pack our bags and show up in New Orleans on Saturday night,” he said, “we should be victorious.”
I believe I’m not alone when I say that this week’s game against the Saints is the Cowboys whole season. Falling to 8-6 would not be a good thing. I also know that there are many fans out there that are less than confident about getting a win against the Saints. Any team can lose any game at any time. Do the Saints concern me? Of course they do. I guess we will just see what happens come Saturday night.