Well I was brainstorming for a headline I thought boy, the Cowboys take a huge lead and end up barely coming away with a victory and hense nothing coming easy to this years squad.
The Dallas Cowboys who now sit at 5-9 beat a Washington Redskin squad 33-30 who also now sit at 5-9. We all know how much these two football cities hate each other and that showed with some hard hitting football during the game. Dallas of course led in penalties which is something the Cowboys are going to have to try and focus on during the off season.
I did not say it in my pre-game blog but I did in many football conversations I had over the last few days and that was if the Dallas Cowboys scored 30 + points they would win this football game. Well they made it a lot closer than it really was but the Cowboys scored 30+ points and won the ball game. I know, I am sorry they did not cover the almost touchdown spread but really they played like they at times were in full control except the final score. With the win Dallas goes to 4-2 under Jason Garrett (opinions on whether Garrett should Coach the Cowboys next year-I will save my comment for an end of season blog) and outside of the game meaning nothing but pride, the Dallas Cowboys do not like losing to the Washington Redskins does not matter what if anything is on the line. Likewise for the Redskins but sorry, it was Dallas’ day on this Sunday.
It took until the last minute of the game, 50 seconds in fact when Dallas tried a 39 yard field goal, David Buehler, his fourth of the game out of five tries kicked the winning field goal to basically seal the win for the Cowboys.
Why did the game end up so close?, why did the Cowboys not cover?, it is a tough answer but I will start by the Cowboys ending up with FG’s when they were inside the ‘red-zone’, 20, 3 and 2 yard lines resulted in 3 FG’s and that is not acceptable if Dallas wants to continue to get W’s in the remaining 2 games and salvage something out of this dismal season and of course moving forward into next season.
The Cowboys did lead in almost all offensively categories, time of possession (35:21), huge game by Dallas tight end Jason Witten (10 catches-140 yards) and throw in 5 sacks and you would never guess the game took until the last minute for the Cowboys to seal the victory. As noted, it came down to the lack of red-zone offense which I actually blame on the Cowboys lack of determination as they never really guessed the Redskins were going to mount that element of a comeback so they figured the FG’s would do. Well that almost back-fired but the win is a win, a good one against one of the biggest rivalries in professional sports and we move forward to week-16 and pitter-patter.
as always, comments, questions, concerns…..see ya’all soon, happy holidays, Merry Christmas although I will hope to see you all before the big guy starts his journey down all of our chimneys.
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Written by Glenn Stants