Could the Dallas Cowboys Make a Run Deep into the Playoffs?

Ralph Longo@ IIIDecember 21, 2012

ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 16:  Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on December 16, 2012 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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With only two weeks remaining in the regular season, and the Dallas Cowboys sitting at 8-6, the question has to be asked: Do they have a shot to make a run if they can get into the playoffs? 

Yesterday, I wrote this article examining whether or not the Seattle Seahawks had a shot to make a run, but honestly the Cowboys are a much more interesting team to discuss. It really seems like, for whatever reason, they always find ways to lose and blow it late in the season. 

As of late, Dallas has been a hot team, winning their last three games and five of their last six. Tony Romo is playing at an extremely high level, and at age 32 seems to finally be putting it all together. 

Dez Bryant is playing the best he ever has, and is showing a lot of heart and toughness by getting out there with a broken finger rather than having season-ending surgery. That's what Cowboys fans like to see, and his passion to get out there and play despite the injury is a great sign of his maturity and selflessness. 

However, Dallas hasn't been that great on the defensive side of the ball. They're playing okay football, but not nearly well enough to win games if the offense slows down and can't put up touchdowns. In fact, Dallas has only won one game this year in which they scored under 19 points (per ESPN).

This is what I believe will ultimately be the Cowboys' downfall. If they reach the postseason, they're going to run into teams like the Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers or Chicago Bears, who are all likely to hold Dallas' offense in check. 

Will their defense be able to respond in turn and help them eek out a close game if the offense can't score? 

My money is on no. The Cowboys are a fun team and I actually am rooting for them to do well, but right now they just aren't a complete enough football team to be taken seriously as a legitimate threat to make a deep run into the playoffs.