Found September 07, 2012 on Sports Blog Net:
A couple of days have passed since we saw the Dallas Cowboys go up to MetLife Stadium and open their season with a 24-17 victory over the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants. All I've been hearing since then, especially from Cowboys fans, is talk of this team going to the Super Bowl. Being raised in the state of Texas, this talk doesn't surprise me. I've never been a fan of the Cowboys, but I understand my surroundings. Trust me when I say this is common anytime the Cowboys have one of those "statement" wins. Fans start to get cocky and believe this is when the Cowboys begin to turn the corner. All I ever say to Cowboys fans, which is the same thing I'm going to say now, is let's wait and see what happens in the rest of the season before we start crowning this team as champions. As we all know and have seen in the past, the Cowboys have been a model of inconsistency for as far as we can remember. Since the Cowboys' last of their five Super Bowl titles in 1996, the team has only one playoff win (34-14 over the Philadelphia Eagles in 2009-'10). Dallas has also missed the playoffs in three of the last four seasons. So recent history tells us anytime the Cowboys have one of these "signature" wins, it's turned out to be nothing significant. We've seen Dallas have these big wins before, and then come back the next week and lay an egg. I will admit this about the Cowboys. On paper, their roster has as much talent as any other team in the NFL. There's no denying the Cowboys have the players in place to make a Super Bowl run. The questions come with their coaching and all-around team attitude. Another question is whether or not they have the heart necessary to make that run. What I would call this victory over the Giants is a good start to the season, and that's it. We will see how much the Cowboys have learned from their past when they play the Seattle Seahawks next Sunday in Seattle. If they win there, it may be an indication that we are seeing a different Cowboys team. If they lose, then it's just the same old Cowboys in my eyes: too much bark, not enough bite. In order to be known as a threat to do big things in the NFL, you have to sustain consistency. We all know the Cowboys have had trouble doing that in the last decade. My message to Cowboys fans would be to chill out with the Super Bowl talk. There is reason to be optimistic about what they saw on Wednesday night, but it should be very cautious at best. Keep in mind this was only the first of sixteen games. You don't win the Super Bowl in September. The NFL season, just like any other season, is a marathon, not a sprint. If the Cowboys don't understand that soon, then the fans of "America's Team" might as well prepare themselves for more disappointment. By Charles Taylor
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