Never Good Enough for Dallas Fans

No matter that the Cowboys are pushing for a club record in most points scored in a single season. No matter that if the Dallas Cowboys win against the New York Jets this weekend they’ll have their best start in club history with a 10 and 1 record. No matter that the Cowboys are beating opponents by an average of 10 points a game, it just doesn’t seem to be enough for Cowboys fans, who haven’t seen their team do this well in a season in over a decade.

In fact there is always something, we get caught up on. If it isn’t the fact that the Cowboys haven’t rushed for over a hundred yards in the last two games, then it’s the fact that the defense isn’t living up to expectations. Like I said, always something, right?

First let me address a concern of one of our readers, something I like to do from time to time to let you guys know I am listening. The concern was that the Cowboys haven’t been getting enough pressure on the QB, that while Ellis and Ware have certainly been doing their share, the rest of the team seems to be lacking.

Right now the Cowboys have a total of 26 sacks on the season averaging 2.6 sacks a game and are on their way toward a 42 sack season. You would have to go back all the way to 1994 to find a season where the Cowboys have been able to bust out over 40 sacks in a season. We all know what happened that season right? Not even the 1995 Cowboys or 1997 Cowboys average more than 40 sacks in a season. As for the concern for Chris Canty, he has 2 sacks on the season and has a total of 24 tackles on the season. So it’s not like he is completely slacking back there.

Another concern about the Dallas Cowboys defense is with the number of scores they have allowed this season. As most Cowboys fans no, the Boys are allowing an average of 21.7 points a game. But did you know the Cowboys have out scored their opponents by 106 points? That’s six more points than the Green Bay Packers and that’s as little as 50 points more than any other team in the NFC. Also of the 10 games that the Cowboys have played so far this season, only 4 teams were able to put up more than 20 points against the Cowboys. That would be the NY Giants in the opener (35), Buffalo Bills (24), New England (48), and Washington (23). Lets go a little bit further, the Cowboys this season have only won two games this season by a total fewer than 10 points and that was against the Bills and the Redskins.

As for the running game, only 9 teams in the NFL have a better running game than the Cowboys. The Cowboys are averaging 122.6 yards a game, despite rather poor performances these past two weeks. At the current rate the Cowboys are on track to break 1961.6 yards rushing this season, a feat that hasn’t be accomplished since 2003. You can’t be too upset about that though, because when the running game was amiss the passing game was on fire with Terrell Owens and Tony Romo hooking up for 6 TDs in two weeks.

While I am certain to receive lots of comments saying that I overlooked major facts there is one that can not be missed, the Cowboys are 9-1 for the first time in a very long time, and if they go 10-1 it’ll be the first time in club history. Cowboys fans expect nothing shy of perfection, but lets take a moment and appreciate what this Cowboys team has done so far. But, if you want to complain by all means, don’t let the facts get in the way.

To all of the Cowboys Gab readers, I’d like to wish you all a happy Thanks Giving, and enjoy the game!


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2 Responses to “Never Good Enough for Dallas Fans”

  1. Sam says:

    Nate,

    Thanks! I will admit that I have been a chief “whiner” on these blogs lately :-). You definitely make some really good and valid points here for being thankful this season. I definitely am, and I am also thankful that even though I don’t necessarily like living in Redskin territory, among Skins fans, I get to see almost all of the Cowboys games on account of Skins being in the same division. Even better is the fact that we beat them however small the margin. The loudest of the Skins fans are quiet for a change ;-).

    I think the problem with whiners like me is the human tendency to always look at people who are better off than you, rather than see how much better you have it compared to so many others around. Maybe it is time to just look back at it all and enjoy the season and look forward to doing the same with the rest of it rather than worrying about January or anything that might come later.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and everyone else!

  2. Sam says:

    Nate,

    Following up on my last comment, I was one of the people who wasn’t happy about how our defense did against the Skins. I think they have definitely tried to take care of the issues they may have had against the Jets and did a great job overall, especially in the secondary where we had issues before. I hope we can continue to keep that trend and be consistent and we can do well against the Packers too.

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