After the Dallas Cowboys won the Falcons game, my good friend and fellow NFL fan voice, Dan Parzych, messaged me this: "I must say….that was one impressive victory for your Boys today. I’d say big, BIG statement game."
This was a big statement game yes, but did it surprise me? No, it did not.
The Dallas Cowboys were under a lot of pressure. They were a 4-2 team that looked like it was hanging on by the skin of their teeth instead of the dominant team that they were in 2007 or the team that looked great at times in 2008.
They were not a bad team, but more of a team that was without focus and had mistakes instead of executions for plays.
So, they were going up against a team that had the reigning NFL Coach of the Year, a hotshot young quarterback who was the reigning Offensive Rookie of the Year, the NFL’s all-time receiving tight end, a running back who led the league in rushing last year, and a receiver who had the most receiving yards last year.
Oh, and they had made playoffs too.
It was not going to be easy. Many thought the Cowboys were, to quote T.I. and Timberlake, "Dead and Gone" and were going downhill from there with a team that had just blown their chances to beat the Giants and were done away with against the Broncos.
Dallas not only won the game, but aside from two drives, they dominated the Falcons on all three parts of the game. They scored 37 points, Tony Romo threw for three touchdowns and 311 yards.
The defense had four sacks, three interceptions, three forced fumbles, and a fumble recovery. The special teams had amazing coverage and scored a 73 yard touchdown on a punt return.
Why am I not surprised though? Why am I, James Williamson, not surprised by what Dallas did to that team?
Because Dallas is capable of doing that to, if not all, most of the teams in the National Football League, and I am as serious as a heart attack when I say that.
I remember thinking to myself, before the game started, "This team is not better than us. The only way they should win is if Dallas becomes a chicken farm and starts laying eggs."
I have watched this team for three years now. I’ve reviewed the film so many times, I’ve actually had dreams with it playing. If I didn’t know this team, then I’d be an underachieving fan voice to say the least.
These guys are special. I know they are. When they are on, I don’t think any Dallas team can compare to them.
The problem is that they don’t stay on. They are a flickering light bulb that is unreliable and that is what makes them a tough team to watch because the light bulb will fizzle out at the most inopportune time.
Look at the talent level around them.
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