Teams around the league have been battling injuries year round, but like most things in life, it’s all about the timing. Time may finally be running out on the Dallas Cowboys.
As of right now, the Cowboys sit atop the NFC-East with an uninspiring 4-4 record heading to Minnesota next week and New Orleans in two weeks to take on the Saints, who are currently in first place in the NFC South with a 6-1 record. With the Vikings still in complete disarray, it will be a good game for the Cowboys to regain their footing before the big showdown at the Superdome.
Normally, a clash of division leaders at this point of the season would be a good measuring stick to see what teams are poised for a run deep into the playoffs. Even though both teams are currently in first place in their respective divisions, they are two teams heading in opposite directions.
The Cowboys lost yet another closed game in the waning seconds of last Sunday’s game against the Detroit Lions. A holding penalty that sparked the Lions’ late game heroics was yet another painful reminder to Cowboys fans of how quickly everything can change. Despite staying on top of the NFC-East, Sunday’s game was a microcosm of the Cowboys’ entire season. In a season full of injuries, the Cowboys lost offensive guard Brian Waters for the season to a torn biceps muscle. Waters joins a long list of Cowboys players that have missed time due to injuries.
In one year, a sub-par defensive play the defense allowed a monstrous 623 total yards to the Lions and a ridiculous 329 yards to Calvin Johnson alone. The only thing that was more shameful than the defense was Dez Bryant‘s temper tantrum that took place towards the end of the 4th quarter.
For a team still looking to capture the type of success that helped them earn the nickname “America’s team,” the Cowboys have been able to keep their head above water and stay on top of the NFC-East. Bryant’s temper tantrum was an indication that things are coming to a boil in Dallas. The injuries, the inability to close games, the defense struggling, and now Bryant’s outburst are bad signs of things to come. The Cowboys are in first place for the time being, but with several tough games to go in the upcoming weeks, it is truly time for the Cowboys to find a way to overcome these deficiencies, or let another season go by wondering “what if.”
Rodney Gray Jr. is a Dallas Cowboys writer for RantSports.com Follow him on Twitter @AGuyNameRodknee, “Like” him on Facebook or add to him to your network on Google.