The Dallas Cowboys have been in existence since 1960. 48 seasons, excluding this one. 416 games and 32 playoff games, and yet last Sunday, the Dallas Cowboys did something they have never done before. They won a game with only 172 yards of offense.
172 yards. That is unbelievable. It is hard enough to win a game with 300 yards, but to win it with 172 is amazing. Many are asking themselves, "how this is possible? This team was supposed to be crushed without Tony Romo."
I'll tell you how. DEFENSE! DEFENSE! DEFENSE!
"How is that possible?" you might ask. "The Dallas defense is horrible, especially after what happened in St. Louis."
Well, Wade Phillips decided it was time for him to roll up his sleeves and start getting more involved. He and defensive coordinator Brian Stewart put their heads together and unleashed a defense that our Tom Landry would be proud of.
A defense that held the 5-2 Bucs to 48 yards total rushing. With a power running game of Ernest Graham, Warrick Dunn, and even Jeff Garcia, one would expect over a 100 yards at least. They didn't even get half of that.
Jeff Garcia, a very elusive quarterback, was sacked twice, and pressured even more. Middle linebacker Zach Thomas showed his muscle with eight tackles and three assists. Bradie James and Jay Ratliff each got a sack, and Jeff Garcia did not throw for 50 yards to any one receiver.
The Dallas special teams forces a turnover and gives the 'Boys more time. The only Buccaneer that had a good game was kicker Matt Bryant, who kicked three field goals, but still missed a 51 yarder.
Brad Johnson defeated his former team. His statistics weren't flashy, but his lone touchdown pass to Roy Williams just before the half set the tone for Dallas. The Dallas Cowboys, offensively, were mediocre, but that defense really showed me something. Even the new punter chipped in with a tackle on special teams.
I'm starting to think that Dallas read my old article and took its advice. If you haven't read it yet, please do so here.
The Dallas Cowboys will face the New York Giants next week, and it will be difficult for both teams, actually. However, even if the 'Boys lose next week, they will have only four losses. They could still afford to lose two more games, finish 10-6, and most likely make playoffs. That is why it was so important for the 'Boys to win this past game.
Unfortunately for them, none of the NFC East lost this past week. Now, they will have to avoid losing to stay in the NFC East standings. It includes the Eagles, Redskins, Super Bowl champion Giants, and the said Cowboys.
Dallas has a long road ahead of themselves. They will have to take it one game at a time. It kind of makes me excited since they have such a challenge. As George Patton said, "Accept the challenges, so you may feel the exhilaration of victory."
I will say this, too. If Wade Phillips keeps up this kind of progress, then this defense could be beyond tough. Nine points against the Buccaneers, what's next?
Thank you Wade Phillips.