Dallas Cowboys Look To Go Deep into 2010 NFL Playoffs

John SzurlejAnalyst IJanuary 9, 2010

ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 03:  Quarterback Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on January 3, 2010 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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There was a time in the 2009 season where it looked as if the Dallas Cowboys were a team with a lot of questions.

During the first five weeks of the season, Dallas was a flip flopping team following a win-loss-win-loss-win format.

Victories against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Carolina Panthers, and Kansas City Chiefs were expectant of them, and losses against the New York Giants, and Denver Broncos (both whom were good teams at the time) raised concerns over the overall make up of the Boys.

The Cowboys then ran the next six games winning all of them before losing to the New York Giants once again, and followed that with a loss to San Diego which left them scratching their heads.

Then, something clicked.

The 'Boys proceeded to send the shot heard 'round the NFL. They beat the "almighty" New Orleans Saints.

This one game created a monster. It awoken the slumbering beast known as the Dallas Cowboys and injected life and confidence into their veins and they tore threw the last two opponents, posting consecutive shutouts, winning the NFC East.

The significance here is that the last game against the Philadelphia Eagles, made the biggest statement.  They will meet the Eagles for a third time, this time in the playoffs, and if I were an Eagle fan I wouldn't be very confidant.

So how far will the Cowboys go in the playoffs?

I feel that the keys to their success lay in the hands of their defense primarily.

We all know of the Tony Romo choke.  It seems that as of yet this unfortunate yolk is hung on his shoulders, but that's when he feels he has to do it all.

If you look at this team, especially the last four games of the season, one can conclude that with the Cowboys playing so together, that Tony Romo may not come out to play this year.

If anything, the ability of the defense to continue to pressure opposing quarterbacks, and the talent of the secondary making calculated risks at the right times may be all that they need to ensure them a long run.

Offensively, Tony Romo must continue to remain poised and make quick and safe decisions in the pocket, to put it bluntly, he know can afford to let the defense go to work without forcing throws.

Regardless of the ranking, in which Dallas holds the 20th slot against the pass, the defense has surprisingly improved, and the rush stopping capabilities of the defensive line will be a challenge against premiere backs.

Overall, this Cowboys team is in no way the same team that we saw the first half of the season and is a team that should be feared.

Can they make it to the Super Bowl?  Yes.  The only thing that stops them is themselves.

If they continue on the path they are on, they are definitely a favorite, however, they do have a tendency to implode.  When those critical times arrive, they must face the challenge as they did in New Orleans and overcome.

Conclusively, I do think they can make it deep into the playoffs, but on the whole my only fear is the team's psyche. 

How the team handles the adversity, is the only thing that may prevent them from doing so.


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