Twice in a calendar year, the Dallas Cowboys find themselves in a winner-take-all situation to decide the NFC East. Taking care of business during the season is usually the more preferred way of getting to the postseason, but this franchise sure likes to make things interesting.
Games against the Ravens, Falcons and Saints were all winnable, but the Cowboys have been doing a good job of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory over the last 17 years. But while the past lies in the past and the Cowboys turn their focus to a rematch with RGIII in the nation's capitol, there are imminent consequences that face the Cowboys should they lose.
The completion of any season for any professional sports franchise brings about the usual feelings of anger and disappointment when the desired results don't match the actual ones, but Cowboy fans have endured those feelings for far too long.
But contingency plans are a part of life, and the Cowboys are no exception when it comes to how they run their football operation. The easiest way to deal with defeat, should that occur, is to get back up and formulate, construct and execute a winning formula for next season.
Let's take a look at what that should entail.