I thought long and hard about what I wanted to say about Dez Bryant. So here goes. I am disappointed in his inability to control his temper. Temper and passion share a thin line and unfortunately for Dez, the whole nation saw him cross that line on multiple occasions.
I also feel sorry for Dez in a way. He worked so hard to change his perception off and on the field this year. He was actually getting noticed for just his field production. Now, the pundits have plenty of fodder for the week. His approach has to change. It can’t be to yell on the sidelines. That’s the Chad Johnson, and Terrell Owens approach.
It just lends itself to a continuing legacy of being a “Productive Headache”. He needs to approach challenging times with more control and that’s hard because what drives him to practice hard, to refine his game, to earn Romo’s trust’ is always what causes him to lose his temper. Temper vs. Passion.
I don’t want to forget some amazing performance in this game so here goes. The Cowboys executed a brilliant game plan. I have to admit I was questioning the constant running plays in the second half.
I was quickly proven wrong. The only way I can describe it like this. Body Blow, Body Blow, Body Blow, Uppercut! That’s how a Cowboy team on the road should be. It worked on multiple occasions today.
The Cowboys were in the game, the whole time, on the road. That is very tough to do in today’s NFL. On top of that, they were able to rip the ball away several times. Most teams do not come back from giving up the ball as many times as the Lions did. They did and instead of talking about Sean Lee’s pro bowl worthiness the media will feast on Dez Bryant’s sideline antics.
Once again, Sean Lee is making it clear. He is a pro bowl player. The way he read’s quarterbacks is stunning. If you go back and look and the interceptions from this week and last week you see an interesting pattern. Lee reads the quarterback and adjusts his body and angle in time to make the interception.
Terrance Williams also had a big day. I don’t know if he is doing anything spectacular, but I think he is just doing his job. He reminds me a little of Alvin Harper. Not flashy, just in the right place and produces touchdowns on long runs.
So what does it all mean? Well the Cowboys caught a break because all the teams in the NFC East lost today except the Giants. New York has a way to go before being relevant again in this division. In my season prediction, I break down the schedule.
Take a look here. Based on my picks, the Cowboys need to pick up a game to end up 9-7. The only place I see that happening is either against the Bears or against one of their division foes.
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