In recent years it’s been tough to believe in the Dallas Cowboys. One week they play great and the next week they stink, and as soon as you start to believe in them, they let you down.
That theme was proven earlier this year when the Cowboys couldn’t string consecutive wins together when they got out to a 3-5 start. However, the 2012 Dallas Cowboys have actually won three games in a row and five of six, so where does that leave Cowboys backers?
The same place it always does; you either believe in this team or you don’t. As it usually is with the Cowboys, there is very little wiggle room in the middle. Here is the biggest difference in this season though; no matter if you’re a believer or not, this Cowboys team is different than in year’s past.
No matter which side of the fence you fall on, what the Cowboys have done in the past few weeks as been pretty amazing. They are playing with players who had no team for weeks into the football season and winning games. They are winning with heart, toughness and determination, qualities the Cowboys have rarely shown in recent seasons.
So which side do you fall on?
There are plenty of writers out there, I won’t mention any names, who still don’t believe. They don’t think the Cowboys are any good, instead they say a watered down league is the reason the Cowboys are in the position they’re in. That maybe true but you have to win games and the Cowboys are showing everyone they know how to to that. I’m trying to figure out what they have seen in the past few weeks that doesn’t make them believers?
There are also plenty of people, mostly fans, who believe the Cowboys are on their way to big things. Up next is a division title and a spot in the playoffs! Usually not the most rational group to pay attention to but again, if the last few weeks are any indication, Cowboys fans have every right to be optimistic. This team has proven to be better than they looked six weeks ago.
A few weeks ago I was still optimistic, I still believed in Jason Garrett when many people were calling for him to be fired. Sure, my confidence was waning but I still believed he was the right choice for the Cowboys. I still believe that. Garrett has done a masterful job over the past month or so in getting his team to continue to believe in his ‘process’ of winning football and that’s exactly what they’ve done.
Also, two weeks ago the season didn’t look good. A game on the road against a tough Cincinnati Bengals team who was on fire, coupled with a tragedy the day before the game and then a home game against the physically and mentally superior Pittsburgh Steelers did not bode well for a team who has been known to fade in December. I actually picked them to lose both games, not because they weren’t improving but because I didn’t think they were as good as the Bengals or Steelers.
Dallas won both games and here they are, sitting at 8-6 and tied for the NFC East lead. Win out and they are division champions, where the playoffs await them for the first time since 2009. It’s no easy task, the high scoring New Orleans Saints and the rival Washington Redskins are their remaining opponents.
So, are you a believer or not? After the past few weeks it’s hard to pick against them but I might have to, you know, superstition and all. The Cowboys have given you no reason not to believe in recent weeks and if you don’t believe, I have to ask, why the heck not?
They’ve made a believer out of me.
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