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The 2013 Dallas Cowboys Are Better Than You Think

Tony Romo

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The Dallas Cowboys, for lack of better terms, are perceived as a mediocre football team by the media and fans alike. Let’s face it when you finish 8-8 in back-to-back seasons; it’s warranted.

Realistically, however, the Cowboys may be closer to becoming actual contenders than anyone is giving them credit for. Take for example that in 2012, the Cowboys trailed in every game they played. That’s 16 games where they had to come from behind, and they still managed to win eight of those games. By winning said games, the Cowboys became just the second team in NFL history to accomplish such a feat.

At the helm of those comeback wins, was obviously quarterback Tony Romo, who for as much flak as he catches, has established himself as the most effective comeback quarterback in franchise history.

Yeah, crazy isn’t it?

Since 2011, Romo is 9-10 (.474) in game-winning drive opportunities. In eight of those 10 losses, the Cowboys had the lead or were tied the fourth quarter. If that stat right there doesn’t tell you why the Cowboys no longer employ Rob Ryan, I don’t know what will. If the defense does its job, the Cowboys could have been 17-2 in those situations; think about that for a second.

In 2012, after a horrible start to the season, the only reason they were even in playoff contention come Week 17 was because of their league-high five fourth quarter comeback wins.

Call me optimistic, but in my opinion, mediocre teams can’t accomplish such deeds. To me, it shows that the Cowboys are far from being the mediocre team the media makes them out to be. To me, it shows that head coach Jason Garrett is putting together a group of resilient men who that have been able to overcome adversity and compete late in games, and that should bode well for them in 2013.

Jesus Flores is a Dallas Cowboys writer for Follow him on Twitter @SSgtFlo1 or add him to your network on Google