Wow...are we talking about a legit Super Bowl contender now?

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Wow...are we talking about a legit Super Bowl contender now?

Post by MRich on Sun Nov 13, 2016 8:17 pm

It's not a dismantling, and it took some luck, but your Dallas Cowboys are now 8-1, and have won eight straight for the first time since 1977.

And the Zeke run with 15 seconds left and one timeout was risky, and a thing of beauty at the same time.

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-cant-miss-plays/0ap3000000739130/Can-t-Miss-Play-Elliott-finishes-off-Steelers-with-32-yard-TD
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Post by lgkehoe on Mon Nov 14, 2016 11:58 am

Only my jaded conservatism says otherwise...

They certainly have the offense for it. We knew coming into the season there was going to be an offense we'd have to outscore. The Steelers are the most balanced, multi-dimensional offense the Cowboys have faced. The offense answered the call.

The only team standing in the way of the Super Bowl, in this fan's opinion, is the Seahawks. They have a good ball control QB who can evade the rush and extend plays and provides a downfield threat. They also seem to have found a good COP receiving back in C.J. Prosise. 

And of course, theirs would be the most formidable defense the Cowboys would likely face on the NFC path.
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Post by MRich on Tue Nov 15, 2016 6:46 am

I'd have to agree. Though I hope the injury bug isn't starting to bite with five games left. The Seahawks will definitely be a challenge, because they usually have that ball control offense and a stout defense. Cowboys will definitely have to be "on their game" should that matchup happen. Though right now the Cowboys and Seahawks are the projected #1 and #2 seeds, respectively.

Next four:

vs BAL
vs WAS (Thanksgiving Day)
@ MIN
@ NYG

And not to be too "hope springs eternal", but I see the rest of the regular season schedule as being very winnable.

And aside from the Seahawks, do any of the currently projected playoff teams in the NFC worry you? They are: ATL (#3), DET (#4), NYG (#5), WAS (#6).

Though it is entirely possible we could play an NFC East foe for the third time if either WAS or NYG gets past their opponent.
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Post by lgkehoe on Wed Nov 16, 2016 4:00 pm

Yes, that would be the exact scenario that would worry me - facing a team from the NFC East. The Giants are still laughing about 2009.
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Post by Cowboy1959 on Thu Nov 17, 2016 10:54 am


Well, considering the watered-down state of the modern NFL, I suppose you could say that the Cowboys are a legit Super Bowl contender.

Here's the one reason why I think they won't get there: they have proven very ordinary against good QBs. Both Carson Wentz (who I think is going to be a terrific QB in the NFL for a long time) and Ben Roethlisberger carved up the secondary, mostly because the DL couldn't lay a hand on them. Without the offense to bail them out, the defense got fairly well exposed.

Of course it goes to the defense's credit that the "bend-but-don't-break" philosophy forced both the Eagles and Steelers into FGs at critical times, and it seems that the Cowboys have a solid run defense (3rd in the NFL). But when you get into the playoffs you're almost always facing a top tier QB week in and week out, and the Cowboys' 21st ranked pass defense is rather pedestrian.

Then again, name one potential playoff team in the league that doesn't have a weakness somewhere. You can't, and it's very encouraging that the Cowboys are 8th in points allowed, just 2 points per game behind the #1 team (Minnesota). And, of course, the Cowboys DO have that marvelous offense to bail out the defense, so you never know.

However, I would caution against getting too far out over our skis, as Jerry likes to say. This is a team that's playing week to week, and the fans ought to do the same. Right now we're making good progress by keeping our heads down.

I'm reminded of "The Centipede's Dilemma":

A centipede was happy – quite!
Until a toad in fun
Said, "Pray, which leg comes after which?"
Which threw her mind in such a pitch,
She laid bewildered in the ditch
Considering how to run.

The less the Cowboys think about what comes after which, the better they'll be at playoff time. They still need to win at least 3 games to get into the tournament, so let's wait until December 10th to start planning trips to Cowboys Stadium for the NFC Championship.

Right now they have to get past a team they've never beaten. That's the only thing they--and we--should be thinking about.

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Post by lgkehoe on Fri Nov 18, 2016 2:16 pm

I hear ya, '59...I really do. As a fan though, I have the luxury of getting ahead. I'm not the caterpillar, I just look forward to her coming home, because she has been gone a long, long time.

I also don't ascribe to this tap the brake stuff, either. Reality deals enough blows to my optimism on a daily basis. It's nice to have a place where I can go all in emotionally and not fret the consequences. Come Monday, Feb. 6th, God willing, I will report to my employer and then return to my family, and my day will pretty much have the same priorities and obligations with or without that 6th ring.

This is the first optimism for a Superbowl I've had since 2007. Even then, my intuition said there was something wrong with that team. And for sure, this team does have that anemic pass rush you mentioned. Yet, unlike 2007, there is something special happening. It may not mean a Super Bowl...but, for the first time in a couple of decades, getting ahead of ourselves is actually FUN!


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Post by lgkehoe on Fri Nov 18, 2016 2:18 pm

Ok, that was the most pom-pom waving I've done in a long time!  Razz
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Post by Cowboy1959 on Fri Nov 18, 2016 2:24 pm


Fair enough, lg.  Far be it from me to spoil anybody's fun.  I guess I've been burned so many times I'm afraid to put my heart out there.  However, I will admit that I was far more nervous during the Steelers game than at any other point this season, and it's because I'm starting to realize that the Cowboys have more to lose going forward.  Before then, I was taking whatever comes because I wasn't expecting much.  Now the stakes are higher because expectations are higher, and I'm feeling the pressure just watching the games.  I can't imagine what's going on at The Star these days.

I'm trying to keep my own head down, because I'm starting to get very excited and I don't want this feeling to stop.  This is the most fun this team has been in 20 years, at least.
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Post by lgkehoe on Fri Nov 18, 2016 2:30 pm

Ha! That pressure!! I know exactly what you mean!!

I can make one promise...that crushing feeling we've grown accustomed to weary will at least be consolable with "next year". We've not even had that for so long. We're playing with house money. Let go and enjoy the ride! We'll be fine.


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Post by lgkehoe on Fri Nov 18, 2016 2:31 pm

Gosh! Wouldn't you know, as I submitted that last post, a voice in my head started, "Unless Jerry screws it all up!" 

Old habits die hard.
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