We are nearing the end of the first quarter of the season. There is plenty of time left and plenty of games to play. That doesn’t matter though. The Cowboys need to win this game. They have some tough games coming up before the bye week.
Peyton Manning and the Broncos come to town next week, followed by two division games against the Redskins and at the Eagles. After that they have games against the Lions, Vikings and the Saints before their bye week. That’s a lot of tough games, and I do not care what the Eagles and Redskins are sitting at when the Cowboys play them. Records go out the window in these division games.
The Cowboys need to build some momentum and they need to build it now. They cannot afford the same old win one lose one nonsense that has haunted them recently.
If they are sitting at 2-2 with the Broncos heading to town then they could be in trouble. It doesn’t matter that 8-8 or 9-7 might win this division. That’s not how you want to roll into the playoffs.
There is little doubt that the Cowboys can hang in there with any team in this league, but they have to win the games that they are supposed to win.
This is one of those games. They need to go into Qualcomm Stadium and beat the Chargers. The Chargers are a good team and in the AFC they have a good a chance as anybody. But the Cowboys are better than them. They have a better defense and Tony Romo has more weapons than Rivers.
If Dallas lets one or two teams in the division hang close all year it could ruin them again. It’s time for them to start acting like contenders and to prove that this year is different. If they don’t it could mean the writing is on the wall for another season of the same old Cowboys.