Many fans question just what it means when analysts refer to a professional sports team as “America’s Team.” This is a label that at different times has been placed on different teams. However, it is perhaps most closely associated with the Dallas Cowboys. Basically, this means that the Cowboys are the most beloved team in the country, or at least have been at times. While most teams have fans primarily within their own home cities, the Cowboys are different, with fans from Dallas, to other major cities, to states like Idaho that lack their own teams. These fans across the country commonly tune in to direct Tv to keep tabs on the Cowboys each NFL season.
Once again this season, the Cowboys entered the year with plenty of hype, with analysts and writers constantly addressing the question of how far this year’s team could go. For the past several years, the Cowboys have been seen as a very talented team with a roster that is fully capable of reaching and competing in the playoffs. However, Dallas has consistently underachieved in recent years, largely thanks to the up-and-down play (and questionable clutch ability) of quarterback Tony Romo. In fact, the Tony Romo situation is beginning to become baffling. The quarterback is continually counted among the top in the NFL, despite the fact that he does not consistently put up top numbers, and cannot seem to keep pace with other “elite” quarterbacks.
So far, the Cowboys are off to a bit of an average start, going 2-3 over the course of the first 5 weeks (with one bye week). They opened the season with a close loss on the road to the Jets, then rolled off back-to-back wins against two surprisingly good teams in the San Francisco 49ers and the Washington Redskins. In week 4, the Cowboys suffered a loss to the Detroit Lions, who are one of only two remaining unbeaten teams. On Sunday, the New England Patriots, led by Tom Brady, gave the Cowboys another sobering and crushing defeat in 20-16 loss that came in the final seconds of the game. Ultimately, the season is still promising, however, as the schedule has been difficult and the team is still technically alive in a division that is, so far, underperforming.
It will definitely be interesting to see where the Cowboys go from this point in the season.
Our next contest is against the 0-5 St. Louis Rams followed by the last place Philadelphia Eagles and the 2-3 Seattle Seahawks. After that we have a tough, but not that tough, game against the Buffalo Bills and after that things get really interesting as we play four of our last seven games against division rivals.
Things haven’t been easy for the Cowboys thus far, but from this point forward the schedule becomes easier for the most part, and the Cowboys may still end up in good position to compete for a playoff spot. Either way, we can be sure of one thing: America’s Team will certainly be covered closely over the course of the coming months.