Time For The Cowboys to Move On To Vikings

It is easy to get caught up on a loss, especially a loss by 20+ points. It’s easy to get stuck on the fact that the Cowboys lost to a great New England team, and easier to get stuck on the fact that it was supposed to be a measuring stick game. Many media members and many fans was looking at this game as a preview of this year’s Super Bowl. Lets face it though, it was only a regular season game. Unlike the Super Bowl, unlike the playoffs, there are still games to play and it’s not over. Not in the slightest. This is one game in the season and it’s only one loss and it’s a loss against what most people believe to be as the best team in the NFL. That said, if the Cowboys want to go to the Super Bowl this year, and every indication points that way, then the Cowboys will need to step up big this week against the Minnesota Vikings.

The true measuring stick of a champion isn’t by if they fall or not, but by how fast they get back up. This game will show us just that and the question, ‘Are the Cowboys a good enough team to put a loss behind them and get back up again to face another team?’ As important as the Patriots game was played out to be, this game is even more important. Losing to the Patriots is nothing, but losing to the Vikings this week could be potentially devastating.

After the Vikings the Cowboys will go into their bye week. Then from the bye week they have 9 games left to play in the season and 5 of those games are against NFC East rivals including the first three games after the bye, where the Cowboys will go to Philadelphia, New York, and the play Washington at Dallas. That’s no easy schedule, and it definitely wouldn’t be easy if the Cowboys are coming off a two game losing streak. This is an NFC game and it carries more weight than a AFC rival game. If it comes down to it at the end of the season, the NFC record is used as a tie breaker. Lets also think about this for a second, a loss to Minnesota would mean a 1-2 record on home turf. That would do a little to undermine their 5-0 start, I think.

Now I know this Vikings team is 2-3. I know their passing game is practically non existent, ranking them 28th in the NFL. I also know, however, that this Vikings team is averaging 20.2 points a game on offense and they are the number one rushing team in the NFL. In fact Adrian Peterson, just last week, put up 224 yards against the Bears on the ground. That means this team is a scoring threat (face it 20.2 points a game isn’t slouching), and they can move the ball on the ground more than just a little effectively. On defense they are only allowing around 18 points per game, but are ranked last in pass defense, but second against the run.

So lets stop looking back, the New England Patriots game is over, and if we do see them again it won’t be until January. That’s too far ahead to worry about, not with Adrian Peterson coming to town this week. This game might be the most important game of the season for the Dallas Cowboys, well until the next most important game comes along.


Enjoyed this post?
Subscribe to Cowboys Gab via RSS Feed or E-mail and receive daily news updates from us!

Submit to Digg  Stumble This Story  Share on Twitter  Post on Facebook  Post on MySpace  Add to del.icio.us  Bark It Up  Submit to Reddit  Fave on Technorati

5 Responses to “Time For The Cowboys to Move On To Vikings”

  1. Sam says:

    Nate, I agree with you. Even if we were not able to beat the Pats now, that is no reason for us to go back and beat them later on if we have to.

    I think the way Romo played at Bills had some effect on how he played the Patriots. He definitely seemed less confident about passing and wasn’t performing as well as he did in the previous games.

    This week would be a good test of how the team can bounce back and keep the spirit going. So far this season, they have proved to be a good cohesive unit, with a hunger for winning games. Can we keep that up? It will be 4 weeks before we come back to Texas Stadium. I think we should be able to go into the bye week on a strong note which can keep the team energized for the 2 division, on the road games after that.

    I think what Romo does from here on out will also define what he is going to be in the NFL long term.

  2. josh gray says:

    tony romo knows were the zone is to win 5 games. go cowboys go beat the minnesota vikings easy teams to beat go and win it.

  3. quinster says:

    Nate,
    I didn’t say the Cowboys should or could win the game in the first quarter and I am not saying the sky is falling either. I and most others believe that the slow starts are signs of other problems and can be resolved. What is your email address, by the way, so I can contact you other than on the site.

  4. Nate Acreman says:

    Quinn,

    My e-mail address is nateacreman@aim.com.

    Don’t get me wrong I agree that it would be nice for the Cowboys to start scoring early, but if the Cowboys can put up 24 to 30 points up a game regardless of the score the odds are in their favor to win.

    That didn’t work against New England, I know, but lets face it New England went and bought the best offense in the NFL over the summer. Anyways look forwards to hearing from you.

  5. Sam says:

    Nate and Dave,

    Maybe things will look up for us too once we have Tank starting for us on the defense. Obviously we have a good offense and the defense does have trouble containing good offenses. Our pass defense has suffered with Henry being out and it hasn’t been the best part of our defense anyways. Hopefully that is not the reason our rush defense looks better, and not just on paper. We will surely find out this weekend as we face a pretty strong running game.

    It is really good to see more opinionated (;-D) articles from both of you.

Leave a Reply