Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 10/4/12
For the only time this year, the Dallas Cowboys and their fans can guarantee beyond a shadow of a doubt that they will not lose a game this coming weekend. Unfortunately, we can also guarantee that they won't win one either.

With the bye week fully upon us, the Dallas Cowboys can take a step back and look for a quick moment at the bigger picture. They currently sit tied for 2nd in the division, seated not-so-pleasantly alongside the New York Giants and Washington Redskins. With only 6 teams in the NFC with a record of 2-2, they currently sit 10th among the entire conference. 

2-2 in itself is not a bad way to start the season. We've seen teams make the playoffs at 2-2, we've seen teams implode at 2-2, and we've even seen teams continue in mediocrity for the entire rest of the season at 2-2 (see: 2011 Dallas Cowboys). It is a record drenched in ambiguity, never allowing for an authoritative statement to be made about the team as a whole. 


See the TOT column? That's not good…(Football Outsiders)

When we dig a little deeper into the 2-2 record, there is not a whole lot to be happy about. After coming out and dismantling the defending champion New York Giants, the team has looked flat and sloppy for the majority of the 12 quarters they've played since. Sure, we've seen flashes, but the lack of consistency is looking to haunt this team for the 2nd year in a row. For every flash, we've seen a dud. For every great play, there's been a a penalty to negate it. Some teams feel good about 2-2; this team assuredly does not. 

The offense has been a mess. The defense, while mostly being a stout unit, has forced all of 4 turnovers in 4 games. The special teams has seen a punt blocked already in this short season. And then when we factor in the performance we saw Monday night, against a team most people thought was on the same level as our own, we can do nothing but shake our heads. 

Football Outsiders currently gives the Dallas Cowboys a 14.8% chance of making the playoffs, last in the NFC East and 6th-worst in the entire conference. There is simply not a whole lot to be confident about in this team. The only thing we can be confident in is in the fact that we have no idea how this team will respond.

It is entirely possible that this team can finish 14-2 (we said possible, not likely). Romo may go on a tear and not throw a pick the rest of the season. The defense may not allow another touchdown the entire year either. But these are not likely scenarios. Instead, it is far more likely that Romo's offensive line gets him carted off at some point this season, and the defense continues to succumb to unfair pressure and playing time due to the futile offense. Unfortunately, that's closer to how they've played than the former scenario.

We here at DC101 are not ready by any means to give up on this team or this season, but the team will have to start showing some resiliency soon. Right now it's only week 5, but it'll be week 12 pretty darn quick. Where will the Dallas Cowboys be at that point? That's the problem; We have no idea. 



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