Nov 3, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) celebrates after the game winning touchdown with head coach Jason Garrett against the Minnesota Vikings in the fourth quarter at AT

Cowboy Victory: Winning the Right Games


There are not a lot of happy Cowboys fans this morning. It seems like everyone is irritated about the Cowboys last second victory. Normally I would be right there with you. I would point you to my early articles in regards to winning with this style of play. We will get to that, but lets talk about winning the right games.

This Cowboy team was supposed to win today and they did. Their star players game out the game without injuries. The defense, while giving up highlight runs occasionally, did a decent job of stopping Adrian Peterson at the line of scrimmage. You may not believe me on that one but go back and watch the game film and you will see what I am trying to get at.

That doesn’t seem like a lot to hang one’s hat on. Let dig a little deeper. The Cowboys are winning and losing the right games. Sure it would have been amazing to see them beat the Broncos, but they don’t matter. They are an AFC team that will probably beat most of the NFC East Foes.

The Cowboys are 3-0 in their division. All of the other teams have at least 2 loses. I predict that the Redskins will make a push. If this division is tied about up at the end, it will go to the division record and so far the Cowboys are setting themselves apart. The Cowboys conference record is a division best 5-1.

The Cowboys are collecting the wins against opponents that matter when it comes to playoff formulas. That’s not to say that the Cowboys will increase those numbers. If anything, it will probably even out a little bit. They have set themselves up very nicely.

All it will take is for the Redskins and possibly the Eagles to slip up a game or two and the Cowboys will have a strangle hold on the division. The Cowboys could possibly end up with an 8-8 record, but because of where these wins are coming from, the division could be theirs.

So let’s talk about this game. I have said that you can’t win consistently this way. It’s too much to ask  Tony Romo to lead a 90 yard drive while being almost perfect. I am not advocating a 50/50 split when it comes to run/pass. Just not the ratio we saw yesterday. I cannot even remember the last time the Cowboys ran the ball on 3rd and 2, or 3rd and 3.

Each game is its own little enigma. The Cowboys could afford to pass a lot because the Vikings secondary was beat up. Today they won playing a difficult style of offense, but they won the right game.

Here are my 5 Stars of the game:

Tony Romo – Led his team on a difficult but game winning drive.
The Defensive line-Once again, no names, just production.
Cole Beasley-He fought harder against press coverage today and it showed.
Chris Jones-Punter made a touchdown saving tackle.
Jason Witten-Finally was able to break out even though he was doubled most of the day.

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  • SmartThinking

    Winning the right games? This writer’s point is lost on me. I submit that every game is winnable at some point. And every game won is the right game. Other than that not much of this story makes sense to me. Every coach in professional football will tell you that they expect their team to be 16 and 0 at season’s end. And the only reason their team is not 16 and 0 is because the players made mistakes and didn’t execute the game plan. Actually, there’s something to this and the Cowboy’s season so far pretty much bears that supposition out. Losing three games by a combines total of, what, four points and losing all four games by a combination of less than 14 points means this Dallas team could be 9 and 0 if just a few things had gone differently. Making those things happen are the players. If their play had been differ and just slightly better, Dallas could be where Kansas City is right now and every one else would be scratching their heads. All games are winnable!

    • JoeDaBeast

      I think title is wrong, but the intent is winning the games that the Cowboys are expected to win. Yes, beating the Broncos would have been nice, but it was not expected. Winning against KC would have been great, but so far, no one has. And Detroit was only beatable until that last drive, it was not expected. Beating the Vikings was an expected win, and even though it took the last drive to do it, it is against a Conference foe and bodes well in the standings.

    • KyleB

      Every coach expects their team to be 16 and 0? That’s ridiculous. Maybe if you are the Patriots, but most coaches would rather lose a couple games and win the Super Bowl.

      The point is winning the games you need to win to get into the playoffs, and then winning every game. Who cares what your record is if you win the Super Bowl?

      • SmartThinking

        You can’t have everything. After all, where would you put it? It’s an old joke but it serves to illustrate my statement that every pro football coach thinks his team can go a perfect 16-0. I don’t know any coach who says he’d like to lose a few games, as you state. I don’t know any players whose egos will let them lose just to get closer to the Super Bowl. If something’s ridiculous, it’s that statement. It’s the mistakes and mental errors that chip away at a teams’ perfectness. The Minnesota game proves that true. Bryant’s 30 yards in penalties were stupid and narcissistic. Free and Bearnadeau’s penalties were the result of sloppy play. Bryant’s dropped pass across the middle was lack of concentration. Every one of those mistakes mounted up to make the game a last minute win for Dallas. They weren’t outgunned. They weren’t outmuscled. They were nearly outplayed by a team that made fewer mistakes up until the last two and a half minutes. It’s my belief that every player and coach think they can be perfect. I’m not sure a GM or owner would want a player if he said he’d be happy dropping a few games just to make it interesting.