For Dallas Cowboys, the December Curse Is Over

Kevin Roberts@BreakingKevinSenior Writer IDecember 31, 2009

NEW ORLEANS - DECEMBER 19:  Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys is seen on the field alongside Miles Austin #19 prior to the start of the game against the New Orleans Saints at the Louisiana Superdome on December 19, 2009 in New Oleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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The curse has to end sometime. Just ask the Boston Red Sox.

Ask all the Chicago Cubs fans who are still crossing their fingers, saying their prayers, and dreaming those dreams.

Even if it hasn't happened yet, it eventually will.

Most (if not not every) record will be broken. Games that shouldn't be won will be won. And curses, as mystical and evil as they may appear, will always be lifted.

Don't look now, Cowboys fans, but that horrible "December Curse" is about to be wiped away.

Sure, your Dallas team has a mediocre 2-2 record in the month of December this season, but that's nothing to be ashamed about. Two teams that are supposedly better than them, the New Orleans Saints and Minnesota Vikings, are either 2-2 or 1-3.

Misery does love company. But sometimes good teams just run into a muddied road. Sometimes it takes a while to work out the kinks.

But for these inspired and hot Dallas Cowboys, this is more than a disposal of a late-season curse. This is redemption at its finest.

After upsetting the undefeated New Orleans Saints and knocking off the lowly Washington Redskins, the Cowboys are starting to forget about all the bad and instill the good feelings of success at the period of the NFL season when it actually matters.

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Don't worry about their late-game collapse against the Broncos, their close overtime battle with the weak Kansas City Chiefs, or their near shut-out against the Green Bay Packers.

All that's left is a home game against a Philadelphia Eagles team that embarrassed them in the season finale a year ago and kept them at home and out of the 2008 playoffs.

Add the fact that they beat this same Eagles squad earlier this season, and you've got yourself a deadly mix of revenge and confidence.

Tony Romo is playing some of the best football of his life. Terrell Owens is a long forgotten man, while Miles Austin has done more than replace the play-making ability, while bringing a fresh brand of humility and hunger to the Dallas passing game.

Fresh off of a shut-out, the Cowboys' defense is playing active and aggressive. Demarcus Ware, originally feared to be out for the season, is as disruptive as ever and will give the Eagles (and playoff opponents) something to plan for.

Keep betting against this Dallas team, and see where it gets you. Because even if they do slip-up and hand the Eagles the NFC East, they still get a crack at putting a run together in the playoffs.

And considering this is a team that no one believes in, that has nothing to lose, and has all the talent in the world to actually pull it off, they just might be the scariest team in the NFC.

That's a lot for the Philadelphia Eagles to swallow as they go on the road and try to win their division title. And even if they do beat these Cowboys, you can bet your bottom dollar there's no way they'll want to have to face them in the playoffs.


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