The Dallas Cowboys are about to embark on a crucial four-game stretch while trying to keep their foot on the throttle in the NFC East. The Cowboys were handed every opportunity to turn this division into a runaway, but even with huge wins against the New York Giants and Oakland Raiders, there is still no margin for error.
The Cowboys have games left against the Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, Washington Redskins and Philadelphia Eagles. At this point, it doesn't even matter where these games are played, and the Cowboys, again, have positioned themselves to either take the next step or have repeats of prior seasons ending in despair.
For players like Tony Romo and Jason Witten, it's hard to imagine either of them not saying, "Here we go again," but maybe the experiences of losing will ultimately catapult this team into something more special. These next four games probably have more to do with wanting it more versus X's and O's.
If a franchise can't see a finish line, an opportunity to seize the moment and a chance to capitalize on all of the hard work that goes into a football team, then the results are nothing more than a byproduct of the culture of a team. It's that simple.
This is the time of year when great teams do great things, bad teams continue to figure out where things went wrong and teams in the middle either take a leap or remain stagnant. Will this Cowboys team finally snap out of their December spiral and meet their challenges?
Let's take a look at what this team needs to do, starting with the obstacles that potentially stand in their way.