Dallas, TX. Anytime the Dallas Cowboys lose a game, it seems as if there is more crisis that they have to deal with than any other team does after a loss in the entire NFL. If they lose a tight one, the critics say they can’t win the close ones and don’t have what it takes. If they lose in ugly fashion and get blown out, everyone who doesn’t believe in them suddenly knew it was coming as they continue to proclaim the Cowboys are done and the season is over. After an impressive win on the road in New York over the Giants in week 1, week 2 became a critical game to show that they were finally for real. Playing in Seattle is rarely easy for any visitor, but if you wanna be taken seriously and silence the critics for a little while at least, a strong performance and a win would be just the right solution. Unfortunately for the Dallas Cowboys and their fans, they did what they almost always seem to do in this sort of situation. They looked lethargic, not ready to play, and ended up getting taken apart by a less talented Seahawks team. It seems as if this formula has been going on forever now. In one week, Dallas looks as if they have turned the corner and will be a legit threat in the NFC East, only to follow it up with a dreadful outing where they are undisciplined and mistake-prone. Now at 1-1, the Cowboys host the Buccaneers in a very dicey, tricky spot. Dallas is favored, supposed to win, as they finally return to Jerry-world for their home opener. With a win this week, they would do what they are supposed to, as it would surprise nobody really. But with a loss, crisis would hit this team extremely hard, and damage control would soon take over. Bottom line is, for the Cowboys to continue to fend off the many critics they do have, they must win this game versus Tampa Bay.
Should anyone trust the Dallas Cowboys from week to week? I honestly don’t know how anyone could, as they are easily one of the most erratic and inconsistent teams in the NFL over the last several years. And for anyone to put all of the blame on Tony Romo, that is just simply foolish. Ha she been part of the blame? Absolutely. However, the fact that this team has disappointed to a large degree can fall on several people’s shoulders. From the owner, to the head coach, to the defense, there is plenty of blame to go around. So now the team is 1-1 heading into week 3, and it is pretty apparent that this NFC East is once again gonna be a dogfight all year long. The loss against Seattle is not that big of a deal, as long as the Cowboys take care of business and defeat a rebuilding Bucs team. Going to 2-1 would cure the ills for at least this week, and make a lot of folks forget how awful they were up in the Pacific Northwest. With Philly at 2-0 and winning tough, close games, the defending champion Giants now at 2-1 and looking strong again, and the Redskins showing a ton of life at 1-1, Dallas cannot afford to drop this home game and fall to below .500. Not only would they be in last place for the time being, but the amount of chaos that would ensue for the coming week would be very Dallas-like. Lots of drama, plenty of Jerry Jones on TV trying to calm everyone down, and Tony Romo explaining how they will all get better. The Cowboys must win this game in week 3 for yet another reason….the upcoming schedule. After Tampa Bay, Dallas faces Chicago, Baltimore, Carolina, N.Y. Giants, Atlanta, and Philly in order. With that meat grinder on the horizon, they absolutely cannot afford to go to 1-2. Some games during the season define a team and what they do for the remainder of it. This game versus the Buccaneers may be just that for Dallas in 2012.
Denver Sports by J Simp
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