I’m not about to write something that we as fans don’t already know. The 2012 season has been filled with disappointments when it comes to the Cowboys. Just when fans get a little excited about a Cowboys victory, the Cowboys turn around and lay an egg and fans lose hope again. This week is no different as they prepare for the Eagles Sunday night with their playoff lives on the line…again. It’s another roller coaster season for the Cowboys.
Let’s look at the season up to this point.
Week 1: Up week as the Cowboys beat the defending Super bowl Champion Giants. 1-0
Week 2: Down week as the Cowboys lose to the Seahawks. 1-1
Week 3: Up week as the Cowboys beat the Buccaneers in their home opener. 2-1
Week 4 and 6: Down weeks as the Cowboys lose to the Bears, then to the Ravens after their bye week. 2-3
Week 7: Up week as the Cowboys even their record by beating the Panthers. 3-3
Week 8 and 9: Down weeks as the Cowboys lose to the Giants and then lose to the Falcons. 3-5
Week 10 and 11: Up weeks as the Cowboys beat the Eagles and the Browns. 5-5
Week 12: Down week as the Cowboys lose to the Redskins. 5-6
Up and down, up and down just like a roller coaster. Just when we think the Cowboys are going to make a move there is another dip in their season. It’s almost as if the Cowboys can’t over the hump and make a move. Whatever the reasons are it seems to be a constant in recent years.
That brings us to Week 13 against the Eagles. If the trend stands true then the Cowboys will win and get to 6-6. Now even before the Cowboys take the field Sunday night against the Eagles, the Cowboys may be looking at another bright side to their season. Look at the teams ahead of them right now in the playoff race. The Seahawks, the Buccaneers and the Vikings are all 6-5. If those teams all lose Sunday, then they will drop to 6-6. The Seahawks play at the Bears, the Bucs play at the Broncos and the Vikings play at the Packers. If they all lose and they could, it would benefit the Cowboys of course. Provided the Cowboys take care of their own business against the Eagles and let’s face it the Cowboys never do anything the easy way.
The Redskins and the Saints are both 5-6 along with the Cowboys. The Redskins play the Giants on Monday night and the Saints play at the Falcons on Thursday night. If they lose then its good news for the Cowboys, but if they both win it still won’t be bad news as long as the Cowboys take care of business against the Eagles because the Cowboys still have games against the Saints and the Redskins this season.
1. Falcons, 10-1
2. 49ers, 8-2-1
3. Bears, 8-3
4. Giants, 7-4
5. Packers, 7-4
6. Seahawks, 6-5
7. Buccaneers, 6-5
8. Vikings, 6-5
9. Redskins, 5-6
10. Cowboys 5-6
11. Saints, 5-6
Sooooo. My point is that this week could be one of those bright side weeks for the Cowboys and for their fans to believe that they could still make a playoff run in 2012 provided they win. Of course if they beat the Eagles and fans become hopeful again, then following the trend, the next game against the Bengals will be a down a week. At this point nothing should be a shock to Cowboys fans.
As far as this Cowboys fan is concerned I HATE roller coasters and can do without the wild ride year after year because at this point I’m very close to throwing up!!