Dallas Cowboys: Hold the Relish, Bring on the Cheese

Phil BrennanCorrespondent INovember 10, 2009

PHILADELPHIA - NOVEMBER 08:  Jay Ratliff #90 of the Dallas Cowboys reacts after he sacked Donovan McNabb #5 of the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on November 8, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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With a crucial win over the division rival Eagles last Sunday night, the Cowboys made it official:

They're rollin' .

During the course of their current four-game win streak, the Cowboys (6-2, first in NFC East) faced and answered a new challenge on weekly basis.

Can they rebound from the disappointing loss in Denver and beat a tin can like the Chiefs?

Can they beat a legitimately good opponent like Atlanta?

Can they slay an old demon and beat one of the league's best in Philadelphia?

The team answered with a resounding yes on all accounts.

However, just as the team has evolved during these recent weeks, so will the challenges.

The present question that must be answered is how the team will respond in Green Bay coming fresh off an emotional win.

The Cowboys must be mindful of not falling into the trap of relishing their latest victory.

The Packers pose a dangerous threat to rain on the Cowboys' parade.

Ironically, the Cowboys have been sort of a monkey on the Packers' back of late.  Of recent history, the Cowboys have beaten the Packers handily in '08 (DAL 27 - GB 16) and '07 (GB 27 - DAL 37).

For the Packers (4-4, second in NFC North), it has been a season of uneven performances. 

Outside of their most recent loss against the previously winless Buccaneers, the Packers had beaten up on proverbial doormats (STL, DET, CLE) and struggled against competitive teams (MIN, CIN).

Yet, with all that said, the Packers are dangerous.

Quarterback Aaron Rogers may have the league's strongest arm, and he's flanked by a stockpile of talented receivers.

The defense, which is making the transition to the 3-4, has talent at all the positions. 

Of special note is the play of rookie outside linebacker Clay Matthews.  Call it a hunch, but count on Matthews to factor in on a big play this Sunday.

The secondary continues to be feast-or-famine with Al Harris and Charles Woodson manning the corners.

If Wade Phillips can get his troops to continue to focus and not get caught up in hoopla of their recent wins and the accompanying press clippings, the Cowboys should tally another win.

"...each week it just presents different challenges, but to stack up wins you've got to just take it one game at a time," said linebacker Bradie James. 

I get the sense this current team gets it; they've seen this movie before and didn't like the ending.

Bring on the cheese.