As part of our mid-season analysis, RealSport are looking at reasons why the fans of the cellar-dwellers of each division still have reasons to be optimistic about their futures. We conclude the series with a look at the Dallas Cowboys. See the other editions below: AFC East | AFC North | AFC South | AFC West | NFC East | NFC North | NFC South | NFC West
The Dallas Cowboys being able to turn it around isn’t outside the realm of reality. No team in having a banner season, with the division-leading NY Giants are barely holding on to the top spot with 5-4 record.
Dallas has lost 6 in a row, but promising times are ahead. The next two games are against losing squads starting with this weekend’s game against the 3-5 Tampa Bay Buccaneers and their 4th worst defense in the league. The following week they’ll face the Miami Dolphins who also are currently at 3-5. More importantly that Miami game should be the last without Tony Romo at the helm. It’s been widely reported he’ll be ready to take snaps on November 22nd.
Dez Byrant is also showing signs of getting back into the swing of things, catching a pass for a TD last week after coming off the injury list two games ago. But the real question on everyone’s mind is what to do with the Greg Hardy Circus and is it worth the bother? In four games, he’s had 10 solo tackles and 4 sacks so he has performed, and the team was well aware of his situation when they signed him to a 1 year contract that protected them in the case of a suspension. Jerry Jones recently came out publically for Hardy, by claiming he was a leader for the team.
Is this enough in today’s media savvy world? Can the team continue to go into town after town and have to be ashamed of their teammate’s past behaviour? I don’t know much about Coach Jason Garrett but can he bring the team together to make a last ditch drive for the playoffs? Does he rally the troops around Hardy and play the “victimisation” card? The “us against the world” card? I don’t know what he does, but I do see his hands are full and if he does get the team into the playoffs he certainly should be in line for a contract extension.
The remainder of the schedule is against teams who currently have winning records but who knows what happens to the Carolina Panthers from now until the time these two teams meet. The NY Jets and Buffalo Bills are both very beatable teams, who could finish the season with losing records.
The Cowboy’s division record is 2-2 and their last two games are against the woeful Washington Redskins. Wins against the Redskins can only help the Cowboys strive to get back to the top of the division.
Even better news for the Cowboys is that the top two teams in the division both face the New England Patriots who are annihilating anything in their path. Heavy losses for those two teams could spell disaster for their season and help the Cowboys claw their way to the top of the division and back into the playoffs.