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The Dallas Cowboys are the most confusing team in all of football.
They are better than almost any team statistically (including the Green Bay Packers), yet they sport a mediocre 3-4 record.
How about DeMarco Murray these last couple weeks? Is there a back not named Adrian Peterson who has performed better? I'm very impressed with the rookie out of Oklahoma, whom I actually had the privilege of watching twice last season. As exciting as he's been though (he has 58 carries for 400 yards, nearly a seven yard per carry average), it will be interesting to see how he performs over the next month.
Tony Romo has been discussed more than almost any player by pundits who critique his fourth-quarter and declare him "unclutch." Although Romo hasn't been top-notch in the final 15 minutes, he's still having a decent season.
Four of his targets (Jason Witten, Dez Bryant, Miles Austin and Laurent Robinson) have at least 325 yards receiving, a solid number seven games deep into the 2011 season. When healthy, I believe Austin is one of the 10 best receivers in all of football. Now that he's back and 100 percent, the flow of the Cowboys' offense is a bit more peaceful.
That's not to say Romo hasn't had his downs, of course. We all remember when he heroically threw two picks in the final quarter against the Jets in Week 1's Sunday night matchup. We won't forget when he practically handed the Lions a comeback victory three weeks later.
But those memories haven't been all bad. Just ask the Washington Redskins what happened in the second half of their Week 3 battle. Romo, playing injured after a pain-killing injection, orchestrated a fourth-quarter comeback for the ages. Even a broken rib and a terrorizing Brian Orakpo couldn't stop him.
Romo's adventures aside, the team has performed solidly on defense, especially with the run, against which they are fourth in yards per game. DeMarcus Ware is perhaps the game's best pass rusher, totaling a whopping 12 sacks already.
Sean Lee has had a breakout season at linebacker for Dallas. The 6'2", 245-pounder has accumulated 51 tackles and picked off three passes in 2011.
The Cowboys are a lot better than the record shows.