Oct 13, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Jason Hatcher (97) sacks Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III in the second quarter at AT

This Is Still Dallas Cowboys' Division To Lose

Nov 10, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) against the New Orleans Saints during the second half of a game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints defeated the Cowboys 49-17. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

I know. I’m also disappointed. I’m hurting too. I can feel your pain. This season shouldn’t have gone this way. It wasn’t supposed to be like this. But let me just remind you, that losing in New Orleans was always expected.

So, if you think about it for a minute, nothing has actually changed. All the Cowboys have to do is to beat the Giants in New Jersey, and the Raiders and Eagles at home to clinch the NFC East division title.

The way they lost in the Superdome was ridiculous and painful to watch; especially against a couple of ex-Cowboys assistant coaches. Many times this week, I’ve found myself wondering how Tony Romo’s career would have unfolded with Sean Payton as his head coach.

But let’s not do that to ourselves.

Let’s focus in the Giants, Raiders and Eagles. Three winnable games, against three teams the Cowboys have already beaten this year (although the Raiders in the preseason).

I know this Defense can’t stop anybody. But I also know this Offense, has the potential to be one of the best in the league.

If you think about it, that game against New Orleans was the worst possible matchup for the Cowboys; a high-powered offense, as visitors, in a dome.

If the Cowboys make the playoffs, they will play their first game at home against either San Francisco or Carolina (let’s hope New Orleans wins the South).

Both teams are better matchups against this Cowboys, strong Defenses against which I’ll take my chances any day of the week with Tony Romo; and read-option Offensives with good running quarterbacks, but nothing in the Peyton Manning or Drew Brees level.

The Cowboys didn’t look that bad against RGIII in the first game against the Redskins, or against Terrelle Pryor in the preseason. Defenses have figured out how to stop the read-option.

There is also a chance of playing Detroit, Chicago or even Green Bay. Of the three, Aaron Rodgers’ Packers would be the worst matchup, but that’s also the less probable. The Bears are going with Josh McCown this week as their quarterback, so nothing to be afraid of here.

And I know what Calvin Johnson did to this Defense, but I also know that the Cowboys were seconds away to win that game.

All I’m saying is that the playoffs are reachable, and once there, a much-needed playoffs win is possible.

After that, don’t expect too much. But after seeing what we saw last week, a home win in the playoffs is should be more than enough.

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  • disqus_kLJwdEdnOL

    When was the last time the Cowboys had a chance to win their division down the stretch and followed through? I like your optimism but don’t expect others to buy into it considering the Cowboy’s history of failing in the last quarter of the season.

    • Jd

      I just pretty much said the same thing.

  • Jd

    Speaking as a concerned Cowboys fan and lookingat it from a negative aspect.
    The 3 games you believe we’ll win, if you look at it a little deeper, they may be tougher than you think. First thing is, Dallas coming off their bye, they will be playing a must win game against the Giants, in my opinion.
    If the Giants beat Greenbay convincingly, even with Tolzien, that’ll be 4 wins in a row, and a complete 180 from their disastrous start from 0-6. And with Dallas coming in, and who has clearly not been playing well over the past month, the Giants will have all the confidence to believe they will win that game.
    As for the Raiders game, the one thing that they do very well is run the ball. And Jennings has turned out to be a good back. And if you go back and look at the Giants game, Pryor was clearly not 100%. And I maintain, if he was, they would have beaten the Giants. The Raiders had receivers wide open that entire game, Pryor was just unable to make the throws. And furthermore, the Giants couldn’t stop the run. And if the Raiders continued running the ball, I believe they would have won. And by the time we see Oakland, Pryor should be much healthier. And add to the fact of being unsure of our injuries & that Dallas can’t stop the run, that definitely poses a match up problem for the Cowboys.
    As for the Eagles game… We did beat them soundly the first time. But Foles is playing well and if he continues to do so, he will keep gaining confidence going into that game, which could be for the division. And a big point pertaining to the Eagles, they’re a much better road team than home team. And again, as I said earlier, Dallas doesn’t play well in those must win games.
    And I believe the deciding factor of that game will depend on the Cowboys health. If they are relatively healthy, they should win. But if not, I can’t see them winning that game.
    Regardless of my points of why they could lose these games. If Dallas can get & stay healthy, find a balanced attack on offense and find the offense they had earlier in the season, they should win this division.

    • SmartThinking

      Even if the Cowboys beat New York, which, in my opinion, won’t be easy,, it still doesn’t matter. There are two just-win games for Dallas this remainder of the season: Washington and Philadelphia. Both these teams have gotten better as the season has progressed. And both teams will be playing at their best level to keep Dallas out of the post season. It’s that clear and just that simple.

      • Jimmy D

        I agree. And I still agree with your sentiment about Garrett being gone after the Chicago game.

  • Luis Dominguez

    I understand your pessimism, but I have analyzed the remaining schedules of all 4 teams of the division, and I can tell you that this year’s NFC East Champion won’t have a better record than 8-8. Said that, the Cowboys have the best record in the division. The Redskins blew their chances when they lost to the Vikings last week. I’m not saying it will be easy to beat the Giants, but it’s doable. And the division will be decided, once again, in the final game of the season against Philadelphia. This Defense manhandled Foles the last time. I’m sure they can do itagain, only this time at home. And if they can’t beat the Raiders at home, then next year we’ll have new a Head Coach and maybe even a new Quarterback. Thanks for reading guys!