You may be aware, the Cowboys haven’t won a Super Bowl in a while. “America’s Team”, with their great ticket sales, huge TV numbers and constant media hype have done very little in terms of winning the Super Bowl recently.
In fact they’ve done very little in terms of getting close to winning the Super Bowl. Since they last won it in 1995 (yes, now 27 years ago) they’ve failed to make it past the divisional round. Can they finally live up to the hype? May this actually be their year?
It may well be, here’s a few reasons why.
It’s like Dak
It’ll come as no surprise to anyone. But when Dak Prescott is good, so are the Cowboys. The Cowboys are 36-1 when Prescott has a passer rating of 107.5 or above. Prescott has hit that mark in 36% of all his appearances, he hit a career playoff high of 143.3 on Monday night. More of that please Mr. Prescott.
It hasn’t been Prescotts best year. He missed games thanks to a thumb injury and his 238.3 yards/game is his lowest since his rookie season (2016). He did hit one career high, leading the league with 15 Interceptions. Extra concerning as those came in only 12 games. He’d thrown a pick in 7 consecutive games to finish the season.
Despite a somewhat down season for Prescott, the Cowboys still finished 12-5, proving that maybe Dak doesn’t need to do it all. But it’s the playoffs and he’ll need to be a focus of theirs to win. If he can play like he did on Monday for just three more games…
You’d like to go into the play-offs in form. Your defense stingy, your offense flying down the field. An easy week 18 win over an already eliminated team, that’s ideal playoff preparation. An embarrassing 26-6 kicking by division rivals the Commanders, the opposite.
If losing by 3 scores, with all your starters playing, to a team with nothing to play for wasn’t bad enough. It was by far the Cowboys worst offensive performance for some time; it was the first time they’ve managed less than 200 total yards in a game since 2013.
Fast forward 8 days and the Cowboys put a beat down on the Buccaneers. The contrast, especially on offense, was chalk and cheese.
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In hind sight, we’ll never know for sure. But the week 18 whooping certainly looks like it lit a fire in the Cowboys. A fire they’ll want to keep burning into mid February.
12 win Mike McCarthy
The aforementioned loss to the Commanders and a week 15 overtime loss to the Jags left a bit of a downer on what was a very good season for the Cowboys. Yes, they finished 2 wins behind bitter division rivals the Eagles and entered the playoffs with the number 5 seed. But don’t let that cloud your vision, the Cowboys are a good team.
There were big question marks going into the season after the departures of starters Amari Cooper, La’el Collins and Randy Gregory. On paper this Cowboys team was weaker than the one that fell out of the playoffs early last year. The big defeat to the Buccaneers in week 1, where Dak Prescott injured his hand, had alarm bells blasting across the state of Texas.
The Cowboys rallied, going 4-1 at the hands of Cooper Rush while Dak was out injured. The only loss being in Philadelphia, 17-26. Talking of Philadelphi, let’s give a bit of credit to the NFC East; often dubbed the NFC Least it had the most combined wins of any division, increasing it “none division” wins from 20 last year up to 31 this year. No gimme’s in the NFC East.
McCarthy deserves a lot of credit. The Cowboy’s haven’t won over 10 games on consecutive years since the 1995/96 seasons. And this is the second season in a row they’ve won 12 games. Time the McCarthy to use his Super Bowl experience and finally get the Cowboys another Lombardi trophy.
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