After watching the Cowboys either win strong or lose big throughout the past couple of seasons it was refreshing to see the team respond and play well down to the last seconds of the game even in a loss. That’s certainly not to say that they played brilliantly, but the team didn’t have that defeatist attitude we become so accustomed to. The team didn’t quit or deconstruct, even when they went down early at 17-0, and what’s more is they were able to mount a comeback and take the lead late in the game. The comeback would have been complete as well, had it not been for a costly Roy E. (Munson) Williams fumble on the 11 yard line that would have left the Cowboys in the red zone and capable of establishing a lead that could have led to a victory.
In a time of such negativity for the team, there were some real positives the team could walk away with because of the real effort put into their play. Unfortunately, their 8th loss does all but put the team out of any far flung notion of winning out and squeaking into the playoffs, but there is a different feel to this loss that differs from the ones under Wade Phillips. The team doesn’t seem defeated. Something even the most pessimistic Cowboys fans can admit. Even though Roy Williams Munsoned our chances of beating the Saints 2 years running, his play was strong and his rapport from playing with Jon Kitna in Detroit is showing. Players are embracing Jason Garrett as the head coach, which players wouldn’t do under Phillips. The fact of the matter is that most players seemed to like Wade more as a man, but couldn’t follow him as a coach. Teams, in order to function properly under pressure situations like an NFL game, need structure and Wade felt it was better to let the inmates run the asylum. With Garrett running things, you can see that there is still rapport possible with the players even under stricter rules and sanctions on the team. What’s more is the difference in the effort and play of the team on the field when it counts the most.
There probably aren’t many accolades a 3-8 team can accomplish with 5 games left in the season, but after watching the way the team has gone from a streak of embarrassing efforts to 3 games of strong play and strong efforts you know as a fan you want to watch the team play out the rest of the season. For a team that has been spiraling out of control for most of the season that is win.
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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.