The Cowboys have been adamant about the security of Wade Phillips’ job this season so far. However, when the team is 1-3, and if they end up 1-4, during a season where Jerry Jones has been frothing at the mouth for a shot to be the first Super Bowl home team. There has to be some backlash from the disappointment of a 1-4 record that would all but destroy any opportunity for the team to end up in the playoffs, let alone the Super Bowl. Despite the calm waters that Jerry is claiming for the team, the waters are stirring behind the curtains and Wade’s inability to discipline a team that is in dire need of it will ultimately be the end of him here in Dallas.
It’s not like these problems with the team have just popped up either. This team has been having problems with penalties and play execution since Wade has been here. Obviously these problems cannot be handled on a consistent basis, and that is the fault of the head coach. Taking responsibility, as Wade may do, is great except it doesn’t change what isn’t being done. Jerry Jones will likely wait until he has another head coach ready for the position next season before he acts, and until then he will likely put a happy face on the issue.
Now the Cowboys will be going to Minnesota, in what will be a powder keg situation where the game will likely decide the season for one of the teams since few teams have made the playoffs after 1-4 start to the season. This game will have a playoff atmosphere because of this. The dome of Mall of Americas Field will be electric the Boys will have a tough mountain to scale.
The injury to Brett Favre’s elbow could work in favor for the Cowboys, but probably not much. The veteran has played well through injuries before and with the Cowboy Killer Randy Moss now on the Vikings, the team is returning to last years offensive form. Probably more importantly, is that even though the Vikings lost to the Jets on Monday, they began to click as a team offensively which will not bod well for a reeling Dallas D. Even with the lose, there was a palpable vibe that Minnesota had which will roll over into this weeks game.
Dallas, on the other hand, had just the opposite going for them at the end of the game against the Titans. The players were slouching, looking disappointed as if to say they give up. The Dallas offense was able to move the ball, and except for a few bad plays looked good. The Dallas defense on the other hand is in doubt, they allowed the Titans 28th ranked passing offense to shred them through the air at the worst times. The defense looked lost at times and could be in for a rough day with Moss opening up the underneath pass for Percy Harvin and Visthane Shiancoe.
If the Cowboys are going to have a chance to win this Sunday, they will need to be focused and discipline on both sides of the ball. They will need to massively reduce penalties on both sides of the ball, and most importantly they will need to play like their season is on the line because it is.
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Written by David Willow
My name is David Willow. Your NFL and Fantasy Jedi. I have lived in Dallas, TX most of my life. I have been following both football and basketball since I was a child. I love being able to research and analyze different players and teams. I've been a fantasy sports enthusiast for around 8 years with some titles to back that. I have a Bachelors degree in History with a minor in English. Other hobbies include me being part of an acting workshop for five years, playing guitar, and working out. Hit me up with any comments, questions or opinions.