Finally the Cowboys have walked away victorious in a big game. It was the type of game we Cowboys fans have been clamoring for.
Yet strangely it left something to be desired.
Yes, the Cowboys defeated the Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Except this victory didn’t feel like the big one the Cowboys have been searching for. In fact, it seems to me like they didn’t win at all...the Eagles just lost.
The Cowboys had periods of sheer brilliance in the game—Dez Bryant’s diving touchdown pass, Dwayne Harris’ punt return and Brandon Carr’s interception return being some of them. But for all the good we saw, there were plays that made us feel like we were watching the same old 2012 Cowboys.
Now, I’m the eternal optimist about the Cowboys. I like to believe that they can win every game against any opponent. I just don’t think that we’ve seen enough to believe that the Cowboys are going to right the ship.
The bottom line is that these Dallas Cowboys have the same weaknesses they had weeks ago.
The offensive line is still horrible. Doug Free can’t manage a simple pass block and seems to be allergic to mistake-free, disciplined football. Phil Costa can’t stay healthy and Tyron Smith seems to be having trouble on the left side. While I think that Smith will be a star in this league, I don’t reserve any hope for guys like Costa, Free or Bernadeau.
Despite all the focus on the secondary, the pass rush isn’t any better, either. Against a porous Eagles offensive line. the Cowboys only managed two sacks. The defensive line isn’t getting stronger or faster and is lacking the production they're capable of.
Lastly, I still don’t know that I believe in Jason Garrett. I am among the few that believe that Jason Garrett’s seat is only warm because Jerry game him a seat warmer for comfort, but that doesn’t mean he’s the best coach for the franchise. Play calls are still questionable and clock management still remains an issue.
The fact is that we need to calm down. Last week we were selling this franchise; now we think they’re going to the playoffs. The Cowboys have proven only one thing and that is that they are inconsistent.
I would love the opposite to be true, but it just isn’t.
Until I see Romo string together a solid November, the running game produce consistently, and the defense put pressure more consistently, I’m not going to be going all in on this team. I suggest you don’t either.
Right now, all they're consistent at is breaking our hearts.