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.
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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