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Cowboys not out of Woods Yet

The Dallas Cowboys have fought an uphill battle this past month, trying to keep losses from piling up and attempting to hold up the fort as they awaited the trimphant return of some their biggest stars this past weekend.  The result was 1 and 2 with Brad Johnson holding down the QB position for one of the teams biggest stars, Tony Romo.

While it isn’t a far stretch to say that the Cowboys were hoping to win at least one more game than that while Romo was out, it was a result that they pretty much anticipated.  Now that Romo is back and the Cowboys have avoided the dreaded 5 and 5 mark, and head into next week’s game 6 and 4, the team needs to maintain the same amount of urgency they had against the Redskins.  Plain and simply put, they aren’t out of the woods just yet.

The magic number for wins in past years has been 10.  If you get 10 wins it usually meant you were a sure in to the playoffs.  With the NFC and in particular the NFC East being so tight, 10 wins may not be enough.  The Cowboys safest bet is to win 5 of the next 6, to give them an 11 and 5 record, though an even safer goal would be to just win out the rest of the season.

On it’s lonesome it sounds like a hard goal to muster, considering the Cowboys have to play the NY Giants, the Pittsburgh Steelers, and the Baltimore Ravens.  What makes it an even tougher goal, however, is the fact that the Cowboys have had trouble in the second halves of their last several seasons.  If they have the same troubles this season, they could very well miss the playoffs altogether.

The Cowboys might have one thing in their favor this season, that they didn’t have in the past two seasons.  This time around, they aren’t the favorite.  The Cowboys for all intent and purposes have been exposed to be just another team after all.  They have failed to meet the high expectations placed on them at the beginning of the season, and now they have to win some of that faith back.  There is no doubt that this is a team that believes in it’s self, but over confidence at this point in the season is likely to not be as high.

This season the Cowboys are playing with their backs up against the wall, and a loss could mean the end of any playoff aspirations nevermind the beloved Super Bowl.  If this team can play each game like it is their last and with that kind of intensity, 6-0 might actually be attainable.  The one thing that is for certain now, is that the Cowboys are definitely not out of the woods, yet.

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