OK, I admit it, Lance Dunbar‘s injury wasn’t the best thing that could happen to this team; but apart from that, everything seems to be getting right at the right moment for the Dallas Cowboys.
Maybe the most important of them all, is the addition of the soul of the Defense, LB Sean Lee. Winning two games without him was a great achievement by this depleted D, but now he’s back for the Cowboys’ annual December playoff push.
Another sign that the stars seem to be aligning for this Cowboys team is that of their next two opponents, one starter QB has already been ruled out to play against them (Jay Cutler); while the other one hasn’t played in the last four weeks and his return is questionable for next week game in Dallas (Aaron Rodgers).
A team playing without its starter QB averages a drop of 7 to 10 points per game, depending on the quarterback. It’s not far-fetched to say, that both Chicago and Green Bay seasons have been doomed by the absences of their respective quarterbacks. Cowboys Nation knows all too well how miserable a season can be without our starting quarterbak.
Then, for next week, both Dwayne Harris and Morris Claiborne are projected to return from their injuries. Harris has showed this year that he belongs in the conversation with the best punt and kick returners in the league, and he’s also a reliable receiver who has developed a good chemistry with Tony Romo.
I will be the first one to tell you that Morris Claiborne hasn’t played near to the level expected from a 6th pick overall, who also cost us a 2nd round pick traded to St. Louis in order to get him. He’s very close to be a bust. But still, he’s a better player than B.W. Webb, and his return will be a boost for this troubled secondary.
Then in Washington everything seems to be falling apart. Last year’s RGIII feel-good story is all but forgotten, and head coach Mike Shanahan has a foot outside of the Redskins organization. A game that usually gives the Cowboys a lot of problems, maybe could be easier than expected against a team that’s imploding while you are reading this.
That’s three consecutive games where the stars are favoring the Cowboys. In Mid-November, I had projected one win over the last four games, and I even expected that would be enough to win the East with a lousy 8-8 record. But things change pretty fast in the NFL, and suddenly we could be looking at a potential 10-6 or even 11-5 record, that could definitely transform this year Cowboys playoffs hopes.
Now is up to Tony Romo, DeMarco Murray and Dez Bryant, to play in the cold of December at the level we all know they are capable of, and lead this team well into January 2014.
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