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Can Dallas Leave December Woes Behind Them?

To say the Cowboys haven’t fared well in December in recent years might be a drastic understatement.  In fact the Cowboys have not fared well in December for nearly 14 years now.    Since 1996 the Cowboys have only had 2 winning Decembers, the year just mentioned and 2001 where they went 3 and 2.  This year the Cowboys seem to know and understand that they still have a lot to prove and it’s going to really start next week against the Giants, but this year’s December doesn’t promise to be an easy one.

The Cowboys have been up and down this season against fringe teams, when the Chiefs needed a win to keep their season alive the Cowboys had to take the game into overtime.  When Green Bay needed a win to keep their playoff dreams alive the Cowboys were unable to score until the 4th quarter, when the points hardly mattered anymore.  Then there was the Redskins, who aren’t necessarily a fringe team, but have a major tendency to play the Cowboys as though it was the Super Bowl, the Cowboys were only able to get one Touchdown, but this time is was just enough to win.  This December though, the Cowboys will be playing two teams fighting for at the very least a playoff spot if not the top of the NFC East.   Here’s a look at the teams the Cowboys will be facing off against.

First up we have the NY Giants.  The Giants beat the Cowboys at what was essentially the Cowboys stadium grand opening with a last second field goal.  Tony Romo, who is having his best season as far a turnovers are concerned, threw three of his seven in this game alone.  The Giants went on to win 3 more bringing their record to 5-0, but having dropped five of their last six they will be playing the Cowboys to keep themselves alive in the NFC East.  A loss here would essentially put an end to any hopes they might have had about seeing the playoffs.  This game may be the biggest test for the Cowboys all season.  Beating the Giants in New Jersey would go a long way at showing this team has the killer instinct that past Cowboys teams have lacked.

The second week of December will bring in a former Wade Phillips team in the San Diego Chargers.  The Chargers had a slow start to the season going 3-3 in the first six games of the season.  Since week 6, though, the Chargers have been able go on a 5 game winning streak.  The Chargers have beaten both the Giants and the Eagles but both games were decided by fewer than 10 points.  The Cowboys may be able to end their winning streak if it hasn’t ended already, since this game is at home, and the Chargers defense is still suspect, provided the Cowboys defense continues to play as stingy as they have been in the past few games.

Following the Chargers maybe the hottest team in the league in the New Orleans Saints.  The Saints play the Patriots this weekend which at this point could be anyone’s game.  If they somehow lose to the Patriots the Cowboys job might just be harder than it was before.  The stress of being undefeated will be gone, and the Saint will chore up a lot of their problems and the Cowboys might have  fewer spots to exploit against the Saints.   As of right now though, there are weaknesses on defense, and a well balanced attack on offense could exploit the 15th ranked pass defense and the 20th ranked run defense.

Then the Cowboys will continue their road show to Washington, who has probably the best defense in the league.  A lot has been said about the Cowboys for only winning by one point and only putting one score on the board, but only a handful of teams in the NFL have allowed fewer points this season, and none of those teams are in the NFC.   This game will likely continue to be a tough one for the Cowboys, as Cowboys and Redskins has a tendency for giving us bazaar games.  Dallas hasn’t swept the Redskins since 2004.

Finally the Cowboys will finish the season playing the Philadelphia Eagles.  This could be another season that will go down to the wire for these two teams, and the Cowboys will not be able to afford another soft showing like they had last year when the post season hung in the balance.  The Cowboys haven’t swept the Eagles since 2005, when Drew Bledsoe was the starting QB.

The bottom line is, the Cowboys will not have an easy time improving on their December woes this season, the one thing they do have going for them is that their two toughest non division opponents will not be playing in the frigid north.  Can the Cowboys do it though?  Only time will tell.

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5 Responses to “Can Dallas Leave December Woes Behind Them?”

  1. AcaiCleanse says:

    Of course I think they have what it takes to be number one.

  2. Damn Indians! Those “Redskin” savages have Always stood between the Cowboys and their god given right to take the land for their own.

    And the Giants. How Dare they leave their Mark in our Brand New Stadium!

    The Saints? Well, Cowboys never really took stock in religious symbols.

    And the Chargers? Ha! They went out with Chrysler. 😉

  3. cowboy hater says:

    the cowboys loss to the giants is a sign of things to come, they will LOSE to san diego next week, get DESTROYED by the saints, go to washington where the redskins finally win a close game and finally get finished off by the eagles and go 8-8 and miss the playoffs. [and dont even start to say that the cowgirls will beat the saints because of what washington almost did because if i remember clearly the skins were a missed field goal away from upsetting the cowboys] all in all dallas is an overrated and over hyped pathetic team.

  4. Nate Acreman says:

    Hi Cowboys Hater, it’s nice to meet you. I am sensing a lot of hostility in you, not that I had to do anything to raise the sensitivity in anyone of my senses to feel the presence of the genuine hater in you, I think it’s pretty much a dead give away in your name.

    Tonight’s game was rough, but hey that’s football and a lot of time it’s the team with the most to prove or the most to lose that come up the biggest in games like these. The Giants would have probably been done for the season if they dropped one more game, and they played this one like it mattered. All in all, I’m not too upset with this game, there was a defensive collapse of sorts and Special Teams could have performed better but nothing I saw said it can’t be fixed. Offense still did a pretty good job and that’s something to talk about. Tony Romo didn’t cost us the game either.

    This is football and no matter how good or bad a team is, it’s still an any given sunday game, the Redskins couldn’t score a Touchdown on the Cowboys, New Orleans made them look like one of the hottest offenses in town, but do you believe or do you think I believe that those teams are anywhere close to the same level? This is a season, and a single game doesn’t define the season, but a single game can define the character of the team, and you can tell that all of these teams in the NFC East are competitors and they play like they are.

    The good news for you and anyone else that drinks the same cool aide as you, is that the Cowboys have the toughest schedule in the division to finish with, that said, those game still have to be played and if you or anyone else thinks the Cowboys are just going to roll over for your prediction, I think you might be mistaken.

    Have a good day sir, and please come again. By the way, I think all Cowboy haters out there are seriously overrated, over hype, and extremely pathetic, if they feel the need to talk smack in another team’s blog. However it’s a free country and you are welcomed to do so. Next time, insert some actual fact in your senseless drab though, I much rather fact check then berate. (There has to be some sort of order in life right?)

  5. Alex says:

    well said Nate, both the article and the comment.

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