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How Many More Rabbits for the Cowboys?

Terrell Owens seemed confident in his team’s ability to pull out a win even without his presence on the field, in an interview with the press Saturday evening after the game against Carolina. He assured the media and the loyal Dallas fans that follow the media several times that the injury was day to day. Jerry Jones even seemed optimistic stating that he wouldn’t lose any sleep over it, though also pointed out that Owens would miss next week against the Redskins. That was Saturday though, as an MRI on Sunday would only confirm what most already suspected that T.O. had the dreaded high ankle sprain.

On Sunday the Cowboys adjusted the injury report to show Owens as being week to week, as opposed to the earlier assertions that it was day to day. The change now brings to question, will Owens be ready for the first playoff game not more than three weeks away? A tricky question at that.

High ankle sprains can be tricky, as they can linger for several weeks, just ask Anthony Henry who missed three weeks this season due to a high ankle sprain. It was a high ankle sprain just two years ago that kept Julius Jones on the sideline, and gave us all our first taste of Marion Barber. When Julius Jones did come back he just didn’t seem like the same running back he was before.

The Cowboys, however, have been fortunate all season seemingly able to continuously pull rabbits out of the proverbial hat at any given moment. They came into the season missing starting WR Terry Glenn (who still has yet to play a game), CB Terrance Newman, and OLB Greg Ellis; yet managed all the same to be able to pull out wins. Then after Newman and Ellis came back it seemed all would be well. We finally had both our wideouts on the field but then Anthony Henry went down with a high ankle sprain, yet the Cowboys still managed to win games. They managed to beat the odds and the backups were able to step forward and fill their starting counterparts shoes and keep the team on it’s continuous journey to the playoffs.

The Cowboys haven’t only managed to be able to pull rabbits on just the injury report, however, they managed to pull a rabbit out of the hat to win against the Bills, despite Tony Romo coughing up the ball a number of times, to win the game in the winding moments and on Monday night football no less. Then again only a couple weeks ago against Detroit. The game looked to be all Detroit but the Boys were able to bounce back in the final two minutes of the game to steal victory from the jaws of defeat yet one more time.

Now there might be a number of fans out there gaining some steam when they call this Dallas Cowboys team a “Team of Destiny” and they might very well be right. As somehow or another the stars aligned themselves just right, or maybe just the nature of the full moon, or even a Christmas miracle, they managed to get home field advantage throughout the playoffs, when Green Bay managed to be blown out by the Chicago Bears. Allowing the Cowboys, if Wade and Jerry Jones so choose, to rest their starters and avoid further injury. This allowing the Cowboys, yet once more, to pull another rabbit out of the hat and allowing them to not have to place all their eggs in one basket (a Parcellsism) in this Redskins match up and season finale coming on Sunday.

Terrell Owens, Patrick Watkins, Andre Gurode, Oliver Hoyte, and Terry Glenn now have three weeks starting today to prepare for the Cowboys first playoff match up, though Jerry Jones seems confident we will see Terry Glenn next Sunday against the Redskins. If all of the Cowboys injured players are back and ready to play come playoffs, and the Cowboys win again, I think it would be safe to say they pulled out yet another rabbit from the hat. You may even be able to say the Cowboys are a “Team of Destiny.”

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2 Responses to “How Many More Rabbits for the Cowboys?”

  1. David Quinn says:

    It’s not “pulling rabbits out of hats”, it’s called having a good team.

  2. Nate Acreman says:

    Well I certainly wasn’t trying to diminish the Cowboys record this season. They have played some of the best football I have seen this team play in years. But there has been a certain amount of luck that has played out in the favor of this team. Maybe it’s the play call, the exceptional players on the team, or a combination of everything that got them to this point, but still most of us wouldn’t have picked the Cowboys to go 13-2 or 13-3 for that matter. And it seems the ball keeps bouncing their way does it not?

    Thanks for your comment.

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