The Dallas Cowboys have miraculously survived the first half of their season with only two losses. I use the word not for reasons we all thought prior to the season, but after Dak Prescott went down in the first game, no one thought this team would sit with only two losses, and sit second in the NFC East. Alas, here we are and the bye week helps this team get healthy and ready to attack a rough November.
Every year it seems the Cowboys have a reasonably rough November, primarily due to how the schedule falls and the fact the Cowboys will always have a Thanksgiving Day game. Some years have been easier than others, but it is always hard. The big thing for this year is that only one game, the Thanksgiving Day game, is at home.
The bye week sets up a rough November schedule for the Dallas Cowboys, but it couldn’t come at a better time, even with the stretch for the month.
We all watched Sunday as the Cowboys seemingly hobbled through the game. The safeties went down, the linebackers were limping, and the team was already hurting based on their injury report heading into the game. The nice thing was some of those that were out, were out to give them an extra week of healing. While everyone may not be fully back or 100% for the next game, the extra time off will help.
The part that could make this a rough patch is who they are playing, and where they are playing those games. First on deck is Green Bay, at Lambeau Field. While it looks like the Packers are heading for an implosion, Mike McCarthy returning to face his old team and quarterback may be enough motivation for Rodgers. The Cowboys can’t simply count out the Packers, even if they do, on paper, have a less talented roster.
The next game is back in the North against the Vikings, whether the Cowboys decide to stay up North or return home will be something to keep an eye out for. The Vikings have been flawed but sit as a one-loss team. The Vikings will be coming off a showdown with the Bills, so that could help the Cowboys find an advantage.
Before the Dallas Cowboys hit December, the Cowboys head home finally and face a now two-loss Giants team. Prior to the Giants getting beat this past weekend their only loss came from the Cowboys. The Giants are fighting a Wild Card slot and the Cowboys currently have the tiebreaker. They would love nothing more than to come to AT&T and beat the Cowboys. They will be up for this game.
The schedule gets a little easier after this stretch, so the bye week comes at a great time. If the Dallas Cowboys can come out of that stretch 3-0, the pressure could be on Philly by Christmas Eve. Healthy teams heading into the playoffs have the chance to upset other teams. Getting everyone healthy now will help for the second half of the season. It might get a little bumpy, but the Cowboys have shown they can weather the storm.