Once again Commissioner Adolf R. Goodell, has handed down a suspension that will drastically affect the Dallas Cowboys' playoff aspirations. Only this time it is not our beloved Pacman, but six players who wear different jerseys. On Tuesday, season ending suspensions were upheld for Saints RB Deuce McAllister, DE's Charles Grant and Will Smith, Minnesota Vikings DT's Kevin Williams and Pat WIlliams, and Houston Texans long snapper Bryan Pittman.
How does this affect us you ask?
The Atlanta Falcons, whom we trail in the wildcard race will benefit greatly from these suspensions. This week, quarterback Matt Ryan and company will travel to New Orleans to face an already suspect Saints defense, minus it's best two pass rushers. The Falcons will have an easier time controlling the clock, while New Orleans will lose it's best shot at doing so, in RB Deuce McAllister. The Falcons also head to Minnesota in Week 16, where they should have a field day on the ground. RB Michael Turner ought to be able to terrorize a Minnesota defense minus it's pair of mammoth defensive tackles Kevin and Pat Williams. Losing these two will also affect Minnesota's pass rush, as they will have less middle push, and teams will now be able to devote more attention to DE Jared Allen.
Carolina also plays New Orleans in Week 17. My hopes are that Carolina beats Tampa this week and then goes on to win the division. But Carolina will probably lose to the Giants in week 16, so we will need them to lose again to fall behind us.
I've spent the last 6 weeks or so waiting for the bottom to fall out of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, or Atlanta's magical carriage to turn back into a pumpkin...........I'm still waiting. The only thing we have to cling to is the fact that Carolina, Tampa, and Atlanta still have three games remaining against eachother, and four division games which are always tough.
I kept saying "wait, they'll come back to the pack." We'll they haven't so it is time for the Dallas Cowboys to go kill the food. 11-5 will probably do it, but I wont feel safe unless we win out. It is a daunting task, but I said that this was a team of destiny, and I am not walking away from that statement. So if this is a team of destiny, mission impossible will prove itself the opposite. It all starts this Sunday afternoon at Heinz Field.