Sep 29, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Nick Hayden (96), defensive tackle Jason Hatcher (97) and defensive end Edgar Jones (55) during the second half against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

The No-Name Dallas Cowboys

The Dallas Cowboys is the most valuable franchise in the NFL, it’s America’s Team and its quarterback is one of the most disliked players in the league.

This has never been the kind of team that relies on unknown players. For one simple reason, if you play for the Dallas Cowboys sooner or later the nation will know about you.

That’s why it’s been so impressive the Cowboys victories of the last two weeks, as both came with great performances from a bunch of no-names.

It all started with the Defensive Line where not Anthony Spencer, nor Jay Ratliff, could play a single game in the 2013 season. Suddenly, the loss of Tyrone Crawford, a substitute with great hopes but little pedigree, became big news in Dallas.

The revamped Defense that was expected to see a huge transformation this year with the re-installment of the 4-3 scheme, had to bring to the spotlight guys like George Selvie, Nick Hayden, Kyle Wilber, and Caesar Rayford (signed Sept. 3). Compared to them, long-time role player Jason Hatcher, looked like a superstar (and he’s been playing like one actually!).

The injury of DeMarcus Ware prompted the Cowboys to sign a fellow called Jarius Wynn, who didn’t waste time to add his no-name to the list with a half sack against the Eagles.

Oct 6, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Cole Beasley (11) celebrates scoring a touchdown in the fourth quarter of the game against the Denver Broncos at AT

But then the no-name virus (if you allow me the analogy) spread everywhere through the team. From Special Teams revelation Dwayne Harris, to a couple of young receivers such as Terrance Williams and Cole Beasley, and a running game formed by a tandem of Joseph Randle and Phillip Tanner.

Add to the mix that exciting duo of safeties that respond to the names of Barry Church and J.J. Wilcox, completely unknown outside of Cowboys Nation, and you have no-names covering half of your team positions.

This is still Tony Romo, Jason Witten, Dez Bryant, Sean Lee, Brandon Carr and DeMarcus Ware team. But more than anything else, this seems to finally, be a TEAM.

A group of men that have each other backs, and who knows that they all win and lose together.

If this bunch of no-name overachievers can keep doing what they’ve been doing for the last few weeks, and help the big names of the team to beat Detroit on the road and take care of business against the hapless Vikings at home, then maybe, just maybe, we could start believing in January football once again…

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Tags: Anthony Spencer Barry Church Brandon Carr Caesar Rayford Cole Beasley Dallas Cowboys Demarcus Ware Dez Bryant Dwayne Harris George Selvie Jarius Wynn Jason Hatcher Jason Witten Jay Ratliff JJ Wilcox Joseph Randle Kyle Wilber Nick Hayden Phillip Tanner Sean Lee Terrance Williams Tony Romo

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