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It’s A Battle For Supremacy In Dallas – Who Wins?

romo-brady330.jpgAmidst all the hype leading into this Sunday’s game between the 5-0 Patriots at the 5-0 Cowboys in Dallas, there is one fact that was mentioned I find very fascinating.  This is only the sixth time in NFL history that two undefeated teams have played each other during the season.  Let that sink in for a moment, as I did, as it was just one of many factoids being issued this week on either ESPN or the NFL Network or somewhere. 

Now consider the fact that only one team has ever gone undefeated for an entire season in NFL history, and that can certainly boggle the mind.  How did those 1972 Miami Dolphins accomplish such a feat?  If you were to compare that team led by QB Bob Griese and FB Larry Csonka, could they measure up to say, the Triplets of the ’90’s Dallas team or the Joe Montana led 49’ers of the 80’s and ’90’s?   Of course they were assisted somewhat by playing a 14-game regular season schedule as opposed to the current 16-game one.  But  no team has gone 14-0 since then either, the ’98 Broncos who went 13-0 and ended the season 14-2 have come the closest to the ’72 Dolphins’ accomplishment.

What am I getting at you say, I just happened to have found an interesting statistic regarding the NFL.  The last remaining undefeated team of an NFL season has gone on to win the Super Bowl only 10 times since 1966 when such an event started.  This is a rather important statistic since after Sunday, one of the teams will not be 6-0.  FYI, the best the Cowboys ever started a season was 1977 when they went 8-0, finished the season 12-2 and won the Super Bowl. 

Most of the statistics, team comparisons, etc. have all been analyzed to the nth degree this week, but it all comes down to one thing, in my opinion.  Heart.  Who has the most of it and who can bring it out when they absolutely have to do so in order to win.  I’m not saying the Patriots don’t have great passion for the game, Tom Brady has repeatedly commented on his strong desire to win.  But in my book, this year’s Cowboys probably have the edge in the “heart” department and that’s why I think they win on Sunday.

New England is a fantastic team, they are efficient and machine-like in their ability to play football.  They are definitely one of the best teams of the modern era.  Spy-gate aside, they have put into place a terrific organization that can handle any situation with apparent ease and grace.  But they haven’t played a hungry, much-maligned Dallas team at home. 

I am actually happy that the Cowboys are the underdog for this one since they tend to come out sluggish when they are the big favorites –  Cowboys 30, Patriots 27.

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One Response to “It’s A Battle For Supremacy In Dallas – Who Wins?”

  1. Nate Acreman says:

    Wow your final score is really close to the score I predicted for this game. I gave the Cowboys 31-27. I wrote my prediction last night. Glad to see we think alike.

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