The NFL plans on having a moment of silence before every one of the games being played on Sunday.
That moment of silence is to honor the lives of those who died in the tragic events, which took place in Newtown, Connecticut on Friday. In what I can only call one of the most unthinkable, most gut-wrenching mass shootings, an armed gunman shot and killed 26 people inside of a Connecticut elementary school.
Among the teams paying tribute will be the Dallas Cowboys, who are also trying to overcome tragedy. A week ago Cowboys nose tackle Josh Brent and linebacker Jerry Brown Jr. were involved in a drunken driving accident, which cost Brown his life.
This week the Cowboys are hoping to honor their fallen teammate by wearing a decal on their helmets when they face the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
The decal will be the No. 53, which was Brown’s jersey number, and it will be on all Cowboy helmets when the team takes the field on Sunday.
The Cowboys defeated the Cincinnati Bengals last weekend in an emotional come-from-behind win, which was decided in the closing seconds of the game, by a Dan Bailey field goal. The win signified the Cowboys were in playoff contention for at least another week.
This week the Cowboys will face a Steelers squad that is banged up and which is also trying to keep their playoff hopes alive. Given the magnitude of the game for both teams, I expect the Steelers will bring their “A-game” and it will be up to the Cowboys to stop them.
The Cowboys will have to treat this game, and all games going forward, as a playoff game because they cannot afford to lose. A loss could signify the end of Dallas’ playoff aspirations.