Sitting at 6-6 on the season, expectations are certainly not being met in Dallas again in 2012. But Sunday's victory should help soften the criticism of everyone in and around the organization.
Head coach Jason Garrett seems to be taking the brunt of the negative condemnation that has accompanied this season. But if the Cowboys can get a little help from the Washington Redskins on Monday night against the New York Giants, the NFC East will all of a sudden become very interesting again.
The Cowboys will need to continue taking care of business to hold up their end of that bargain.
Tony Romo brilliant game. Next up: former Cowboys DC Mike Zimmer and CBs TNew and Pacman Jones— Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) December 3, 2012
This fan actually feels that we saw the "real" Cowboys on Sunday night, though the better part of a decade holds more truth than this one game.
Tony Romo was 10/10 second half. Literally no incomplete pass. And Dez was just flawless. The real Dallas Cowboys played tonight.— Justin White (@JustinxEdge) December 3, 2012
Sunday night's action also saw the return of running back DeMarco Murray, who showed the ability to handle the bulk of the load en route to 23 carries for 83 yards and one touchdown. Garrett was impressed.
#Cowboys coach Jason Garrett on RB DeMarco Murray: "He's just a damn good football player, he really is."— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 3, 2012
Other than Romo, wide receiver Dez Bryant's star shined bright on Sunday night as well. He caught six of the quarterback's passes for 98 yards and two scores, including Romo's record-breaking touchdown pass in which he surpassed Troy Aikman for the franchise lead.
Bryant has had his struggles early on in his career, but is having a fantastic 2012 season. Is there a Pro Bowl in his near future? This fan thinks so.
Dez Bryant is quietly putting together a Pro Bowl caliber season for the Cowboys. A shame it hasn't come with more wins.— Geoff Ratliff (@SngleMarriedGuy) December 3, 2012
As for Garrett's job status, it is all still up in the air at this point. But interesting scenarios involving his counterpart on Sunday night are starting to surface.
This fan seems torn.
If Jason Garrett is fired, sources say Andy Reid would most likely end up coaching the Cowboys. SAY WHAT?! I love andy n thats not cool...— Justin Roland (@jrol23) December 3, 2012
There is still plenty of time for the Cowboys to either save their season or finish with more questions than they have answers. But one thing is for certain: From Romo to owner Jerry Jones, this team is fail-safe in offering plenty of water-cooler gossip.
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