Nov 3, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant (88) runs after a reception against the Minnesota Vikings at AT

For The Dallas Cowboys The Time Is Now


Nov 10, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) huddles with teammates during the third quarter of a game against the New Orleans Saints at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

It’s been a couple of miserable weeks for every Dallas Cowboys’ fan. After Drew Brees and company obliterated every sign of respectability left on this Defense, suddenly Cowboys Nation felt completely vulnerable and the bad memories of past seasons came back once again.

We’ve seen this team give a good fight to some of the best teams in the NFL. Yeah sure, that Defense can’t stop anybody, but we already knew that. The Denver Broncos’ 52 points were enough proof of that. Allowing 49 points against the Saints wasn’t that outrageous given that the already porous D was lacking its best playmakers of the season, Sean Lee and Jason Hatcher.

The problem against New Orleans wasn’t the putrid game by the Defense, but the day off taken by the Offense. Allowing 49 points wouldn’t have mattered at all, if Tony Romo would have been able to keep the Cowboys in the game, like he did against Denver.

This Jason GarrettBill Callahan – Tony Romo Offense needs to put all its pieces together and reach its huge potential; but like now, against the Giants.

If Dez Bryant wants to be included in the conversation with the great receivers of the game, such as Calvin Johnson, Andre Johnson, A.J. Green, or Wes Welker, he just can’t be taken out of games as has happened so often this season. He needs to find a way to beat double coverage, as Megatron does it every single week.

If DeMarco Murray wants to prove that he can be the lead running back of a NFL team, he needs to put together a couple of 100-yard games.

Even if Miles Austin expects to find a job next year, he needs to show the rest of the league that he can still run and make some catches.

Losing against the Giants is unacceptable. Doing so would mean Armageddon for the Cowboys aspirations in 2013.

We know that Eli Manning will put up a lot of points against the Cowboys defense, but it won’t matter if Tony Romo, Dez Bryant, DeMarco Murray and the whole offensive unit play up to their talent and potential.

But they have to do it now, or say goodbye to their playoffs dreams.

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  • SmartThinking

    The time for Dallas was two years ago. We’ve basically been waiting around since then for the Cowboys to figure out what they want to be remembered for. Problem is, we’re still waiting for them to decide.

    For New York, their season moves forward or ends with this game against Dallas. There’s no more room for maneuvering with them.

    For the Cowboys, the rest of this season is an uphill climb they’ve shown no interest in making so far this season. Nothing is going to come easy for this team. And it could be well on its way to an end by late Sunday evening if they let this game slip through their hands.

    I expect Manning, Cruz and company to carve up the Dallas defense like a Thanksgiving turkey. It won’t be pretty. And the only way Dallas can slow down this Giants team is to apply constant, intense pressure on Manning. He gets shaky when he’s rushed.

    Time, for this Dallas team, is rapidly running out. With every other team in the division making a late season surge, the Cowboys must win this game to remain even with Philadelphia. If they’re not motivated by now, then all the Cowboys’ decisions and all their plans for winning a division title will be made for them by the Giants.