Nov 10, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints running back Pierre Thomas (23) breaks away from Dallas Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Ware (94) during the first quarter of a game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Cowboys Steamrolled but Playoff Bound


Nov 10, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints wide receiver Robert Meachem (17) carries up the field against Dallas Cowboys inside linebacker Ernie Sims (59) during the third quarter at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Cowboys were seriously embarrassed last night. It was hard to watch. It was harder to analyze because there is no medium ground to this game. It started off rough and just became worse. It was refreshing to see a commitment to the running game early but in the end it didn’t matter.

In my last article I wrote about winning the “right games” during a season. Certainly this game would be great to win, but it’s not necessary. In my preseason predictions, I had this game as a loss. What is more disturbing to me was the injury to Sean Lee.

This loss stung because of the manner in which it was lost. The Broncos loss felt better because they performed better. Both games mean the same. Loss.

The division will be mostly likely one with a 9-7 record. The Cowboys can still achieve that. They do have some work to do. They will need to pick up a division win or two along the way. The Eagles have found a bit of a rhythm. Robert Griffin III is not losing games, so it’s just a matter of time for them. The Giants have won 3 in a row, and they are gaining confidence. Finding those division wins could be tough.

So let’s look to the future. Dallas finally gets their bye week. This should give DeMarcus Ware, Miles Austin, JJ Wilcox, Jason Hatcher, Sean Lee and Morris Claiborne an opportunity to rest up and hopefully return for the Giants game. Just having those starters back should give this team a boost.

Now they have a week to see what happens while they are resting. Why does that matter? A team’s entire season can change with a simple collar bone fracture. See Aaron Rodgers. You never know what can happen. We know the Cowboys will be healing up, and stewing on this loss. I think the Cowboys were embarrassed enough tonight. They should give a better effort against the Giants.

So what am I saying? I think the Cowboys can beat the Giants. The Cowboys should pick up victories against the Raiders and the Packers. That only leaves 1 game to win against the Redskins, Eagles or Bears. There you have it. They will be 9-7 and that should be enough to get them the NFC East Title. Feel better?

Keep the big picture in mind.

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