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.
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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