Starting this next Sunday against the Detroit Lions and Brandon Carr’s worst nightmare Calvin Johnson (even worse than Odell Beckham Jr.? Yes, even worse!), the Dallas Cowboys road to the Super Bowl will be the most challenging of any NFC Division Champion.
The Cowboys just wouldn’t get a break and host the quarterback-less Arizona Cardinals, who are the Carolina Panthers reward for winning that sad division known as the NFC South. So, let’s just remember that heartbreaking loss against Detroit last year when Megatron made Cowboys $50-million dollar CB look like a toddler playing among men and, even worst, Matthew Stafford pulling that hurried-up quarterback sneak to seal a victory that at halftime seemed all but impossible.
Those are the same guys coming to town this week and I’m pretty confident that Rod Marinelli will have an answer for the nightmare mismatches created by Megatron who by the way, is not in his best form. I’m also excited to watch that #1 rushing defense against DeMarco Murray, and the fight in the trenches between Ndamukong Suh, Nick Fairley and Ezekiel Ansah, against Travis Frederick, Zack Martin, Tyron Smith & Co. That’s where the game will be decided and I have a good feeling about the Cowboys chances.
Dec 14, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Dallas Cowboys centerTravis Frederick
(72) hikes the ball to quarterbackTony Romo
(9) in a game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Cowboys defeated the Eagles 38-27. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
Then, if the Cowboys beat Detroit, Green Bay will be waiting in the tundra of the Lambeau Field to revive one of the oldest and richest NFL rivalries. This game could be one for the ages, and it would bring face to face the two most viable MVP candidates not named J.J. Watt. How fun would it be that Aaron Rodgers win the MVP based most in reputation rather than in this year’s performance, and then Tony Romo snubbed by the national media would go to Wisconsin and kick the bottom of Rodgers and his Packers?
However, this game also brings a bad memory from last year, when the Packers came from behind in one more of the defensive meltdowns so common of Dallas in 2013. I foresee a great old fashion game, where the weather will dictate the kind of football we’ll see and where turnovers will be the key factor.
If the Cowboys somehow survive Ice Bowl II, then the angry 12th Man will be looming in the horizon. And that man is angry because the ‘Boys already beat their beloved ‘Hawks in their own backyard this year. There’s no more fitting scenario for the Cowboys to end two decades of mediocrity. That’s the worst place to play as a visiting team. Their fans produce real earthquakes when they play! And have we mention that they are the Super Bowl Champions?
Besides, this is the stadium where Tony Romo’s choker reputation began thanks to the infamous botch snap. So, all the Cowboys would have to do is go to the champions home, the stadium where Russell Wilson has only lost twice in his still-young-but-already-impressive career, beat the so-called best defense in NFL’s history, end two decades of franchise futility and erase the worst memory of the most polarizing quarterback in recent times.
No Hollywood screenwriter would have written a better storyline. Want to be the best? Go beat the best!
Dec 28, 2014; Landover, MD, USA; Dallas Cowboys running backDeMarco Murray
(29) celebrates with Cowboys wide receiverDez Bryant
(88) after scoring a touchdown against the Washington Redskins in the second quarter at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports