The night is always darkest just before the dawn.
Quarterback Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys must hope that is the case, after a 41-35 loss to the New York Giants at home on Monday night. Romo broke his left collarbone on a second-quarter hit, the team continued to struggle on the defensive side of the ball and it never established a ground game even after Romo's departure.
At 1-5, Dallas now has a long uphill climb to get back into the sloppy race for the NFC playoffs. With Romo reportedly shelved for at least six weeks, it may be impossible for the Cowboys to seriously contend.
Then again, it may not. There is still hope for a wild card berth in Dallas, with the level of play across the league being down this season. There is no apparent juggernaut hogging the NFC spotlight. Even if the Cowboys don't make it, they could prove quite a bit about their team's character going forward by finishing strong and making the most of what they have. What follows are 10 reasons the season is not a total loss for the Cowboys.
What are the reasons for hope in Big D? Why should Dallas fans even care, with their team ostensibly out of the playoff hunt? How will Romo's absence actually help the team? Read on.