The Dallas Cowboys hope to keep their playoff hopes alive this week by defeating the Cleveland Browns. The Cowboys will also be looking to post consecutive wins for the first time this season. It’s a perfect opportunity to change the way the season has gone; the SportDFW staff gives their thoughts.
The Cowboys finally played up to their potential last week and got a win on the road against the division rival Eagles. Finally they come home for a heavy home slate of games in the second half of the season. And their first opponent is the Browns! The Cowboys shouldn’t try to make any mistakes, but they can make a couple and still get by and win this game.
Cowboys 27 – Browns 13
After a good win against the division rival Eagles where the defense and offense were clicking together. Nothing can keep the winning ways going like a home visit from the 2-7 Cleveland Browns. The Browns will be without star CB Joe Haden, and that means good things for the Cowboys passing game. Tony Romo and the Dallas receivers should have big days. If the Dallas Cowboys defense can slow down Browns rookie RB Trent Richardson, the Dallas corners could have another field day with a rookie QB. Boys win big.
Cowboys 34 – Browns 10
This week I traveled to a remote post somewhere in the Andes. After days of wandering through mountains (while suffering from intense elevation sickness) that seemed bigger than the ocean, I finally met the “One with Vision”. She was a weathered old soul; she looked to be well over a 100 years old; she was blind, but she communicated with a large bird who remained faithfully perched on her right shoulder the entire time. The locals claimed that it was the bird that allowed her to see, both in the real world and in the ‘world beyond’. After thanking her for seeing me, I finally got the courage to ask her, “Will the Dallas Cowboys beat the Cleveland Browns this week?” She asked for something to hold representing each foe. I chiseled a crude star out of a rock for the Cowboys, and then handed her a clump of dried dirt for the Browns. I contemplated explaining that the “Browns” also wore orange which could be equated to fire, but that seemed to be giving them far too much credit.
After what seemed like an eternity, the “One with Vision” pronounced, “Your precious Dallas Cowboys will defeat the Cleveland Browns and the other prophecies will yet be fulfilled. Now go, leave this place, and never return.”
I interpreted this as confirmation that the Dallas Cowboys will win the Super Bowl, and the world will be irrevocably changed forever. To read about the transcendent future that awaits us all, click here.
Dallas Cowboys 35 – Cleveland Browns 14
C. Joseph Wright:
This is a must win game for the Dallas Cowboys, not because of their hopes to make the playoffs, but because the Cleveland Browns are a much inferior team. If the Cowboys have any chance of salvaging this season, and perhaps Head Coach Jason Garrett’s job, they have to start beating the bad teams. If the Cowboys fail to beat the Browns, the Cowboy Nation will have to question whether this team even deserves to think about the playoffs. A loss today could turn the franchise into a tailspin that would have repercussions for next season and the Cowboys future.
All the gloom and doom aside, the Dallas Cowboys are better than the Cleveland Browns, so they should win.
Dallas Cowboys 24 – Cleveland Browns 10