What do you want me to say, that I’m down on the Dallas Cowboys for losing to the New Orleans Saints? Not going to happen, not his year. This isn’t the case of it being the same old, same old Cowboys.
Yes, the Cowboys lost a heart breaker to the Saints today but what did you expect? The defense was down to the bare minimum on defense because of injuries, they lost three more in this game, including DeMarcus Ware. That’s a tough task when you’re talking about stopping one of the best quarterbacks in the league in Drew Brees. They did the best they could.
I’m not looking to make excuses, nor will the Cowboys after this game but there’s only so much you can do. Actually, Dallas did all it could do, except the most important thing, win the game.
The Cowboys offense did what we all thought they would, roll up 446 yards of offense on a bad Saints defense. Tony Romo threw for over 400 yards, Dez Bryant racked up 224 yards and two touchdowns, Jason Witten became the all-time leader in receptions for a tight and Miles Austin also caught a touchdown. The Cowboys offense played well.
Unfortunately, the Cowboys defense also did what we all were afraid of, they gave up a ton of yards and points to a potent offense. Again, no excuses but what are the realistic expectations for a team without three of their best four defensive players? Brees lit the defense up for 446 yards passing and three touchdowns.
I’m not going to attack the game plan on offense which ignored DeMarco Murray and couldn’t stop Drew Brees because that shouldn’t be what we remember from this game. We need to remember that once again, this Cowboys team didn’t quit. They kept fighting and had an amazing comeback that fall short. That happens.
However, through all of the pain from earlier in the season and the excitement over the past few weeks there is one thing Cowboys fans need to know; they are still alive for the playoffs. Through everything, even the loss today, no one should lose sight of that fact. If the Giants lose in one of their final two regular season games, (they are currently losing to the Ravens), then all the Cowboys would need to do is beat the Redskins next week to get into the playoffs.
As much as it stings right now, there is no reason to give up hope Cowboys fans, everything they want is still in front of them.
I’m not going to get into the effort, heart, toughness and determination the Cowboys have played with because we’ve all seen it in the past two months, I’ll save that for another day. Just know the Cowboys season isn’t over and there is still hope.
Here’s the biggest reason to not give up, if I asked you after the Atlanta Falcons game if all Dallas needed to do was beat the Redskins in the final week of the season to make the playoffs, what would your answer have been? Anyone would have accepted those terms and it’s exactly what is happening now.
The loss sucks, but just like your Dallas Cowboys have done all year, don’t give up now. They don’t deserve it.
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