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NFL – Week 17

 Now, today, we are going to see the good, the bad and the ugly of the NFL. 5 or 6 coaches seem to be on their way out. Chip Kelly is already gone in Philadelphia. I think that Jason Garrett is safe in Dallas. Tom Coughlin is out in New York. (I kind of feel sorry for him. Without JPP and Victor Cruz, whose career I think is over in the NFL, there was no way from him to really put a winning team together this year.) San Fransisco is a disaster. I have no idea what’s going on there. Chuck Pangiano is rumored to be leaving Indianapolis after being unable to get on the same page as the GM.

In order to win in the NFL, you need a quarterback who can throw strikes in the 4th quarter. You need an offensive line that can protect the QB. You need a running back who can get first downs in the 4th quarter and NOT fumble the ball. Finally, you need a group of receivers who know how to get away from press coverage and catch those high velocity strikes in tight windows. Finally, you need a defense that will bend but not break. Although this formula is easy to write down, it is hard to find the right personnel. Look at the Atlanta Falcons. They looked great for about 6 weeks this year. Then they fell apart. On the other hand, the Lions looked awful at the beginning of the year, then fired several coaches and played with fire the last 7 weeks.

I’ll type some more on the NFL this evening. For now, I’m going to sit back and enjoy an afternoon of football!

Disaster in Dallas

I grew in the ’60s and ’70s. The Dallas Cowboys won. They were a team that other teams tried to be. Now, not so much. The Dallas Cowboys are awful. I can’t explain a five-interception performance by Tony Romo. Miscommunication. Sloppy ball handling. Dropped passes. The Cowboys were simply awful. The only hope is for some type of New York Giants turnaround of the season. Jason Garrett is not Tom Coughlin. Tony Romo is not Eli Manning.

The score 34-18 does not tell the story. The Chicago Bears destroyed the Dallas Cowboys on Monday Night Football. This wasn’t as bad as the 44-0 beat down that the Bears laid on the Cowboys back in 1985, but it was close. Jay Cutler looked like a seasoned veteran who was cool in the pocket. Tony Romo looked like a rookie. I have made hundreds of excuses for Tony because there are times when he looks great. Unfortunately, he doesn’t seem to have the ability to fix badness in the middle of a game. He doesn’t seem to be able to turn it up a notch. It is what it is with Tony. If he comes out hot, then the Cowboys have a chance to win. If he doesn’t… well, then the Cowboys are going to lose.

I could almost excuse the interceptions, but we were playing the Bears. They weren’t mixing up their coverages. Romo forced some balls into their patented cover to defense. Dez Bryant dropped a touchdown. Romo overthrew to a wide-open Miles Austin. Brandon Marshall was running through our “upgraded” secondary like it was last year’s secondary. Ugly. Ugly. Ugly.

The problem with the Cowboys is their offense. They can’t run the ball. They can’t run block. They can’t pass block. They can’t catch (Dez Bryant and Jason Witten have dropped more balls in the first four games of this year than they did all of last year). Only Jacksonville and the Colts have scored fewer points over the course of four games. At this rate, it might be time to call Terrell Owens and see if he is interested in playing some wide receiver. It is time for Jerry Jones to do something. This is embarrassing. (I’m thinking of burning my Cowboys t-shirts, baseball caps and other stuff in protest.)

I hate to say that the season is over after four games, but without some significant changes, the season is over. Where are Jimmy Johnson, Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith and Michael Irvin? It brings a tear to my eye to remember that kind of excellence.

Abracadabra – The Cowboys Win

Bryant actually catches this ball for a TD

I couldn’t put my fingers together to type NFL predictions today. The games look uninspiring. Most importantly, my Dallas Cowboys were taking the field with a new coach, Jason Garrett. My hope was that the Dallas Cowboys would not embarrass the franchise. They have lost five straight games, which hasn’t happened since 1988, when Tom Landry was the coach. It’s been a long time. Last week, on Sunday Night Football, the Dallas Cowboys got spanked by the Green Bay Packers 45-7, though the score did not really reflect how badly the Dallas Cowboys got beaten. A week earlier, the Dallas Cowboys made David Garrard look like Steve Young (the most accurate passer of all time). The Jaguars handed the Dallas Cowboys a 35-17 loss. The Dallas Cowboys defense has been shredded. The offense has been ineffective.

Somehow, someway, the Dallas Cowboys traveled to the Meadowlands and came away with a victory. I watched the whole game and I still have no idea how that happened. The Dallas Cowboys defense still remains porous but they made some plays and intercepted some balls. There were some fumbles, but they never looked like they were giving up. I’m still waiting for Keith Brooking to make a tackle for loss.

The Cowboys offense was not spectacular. Dez Bryant was spectacular. He had only three catches but had 104 yards and one touchdown. He should have had a fourth catch, but it was ruled incomplete upon further review. Felix Jones looked like he was running hard for the first time this season. Jon Kitna, who threw for three touchdowns, had a quarterback rating of 124. Yes, he threw an obligatory interception but, for Jon Kitna, this was a perfect game.

The Dallas Cowboys have a lot to work on but, today, they showed effort and heart. We haven’t seen that in several weeks. We may not see it again this year but, tonight, we saw it.

In other NFL news – the Minnesota Vikings lost to the Chicago Bears. It looks like their season is over. The Denver Broncos, who looked absolutely pitiful through the month of October, just like the Cowboys, absolutely destroyed the high-flying Kansas City Chiefs. The Buffalo Bills finally won. Congratulations to the Bills, as they have actually been playing pretty good football. Are the Tampa Bay Buccaneers the best team in the NFC? Maybe it’s the Atlanta Falcons. They really looked impressive beating the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday night. I think that the Pittsburgh Steelers and the New England Patriots are currently playing see who’s the best team in the AFC.

So what are your thoughts?