The Dallas Cowboys are out of excuses/reasons for being a bad football team in December.
In 2008 the team, media, and fans blamed (well, maybe the team tried to hide this) the epic 1-3 December fail on locker room dissonance with clowns like T.O., Pacman Jones, and Tank Johnson causing problems. The mental toughness and testicular fortitude of the team was questioned nonstop over the offseason. So Jerry fired those locker room cancers and created a Romo-friendly offense.
This season, the offense, defense, and special teams are all working together. We've found a new weapon in Miles Austin, and Keith Brooking is a locker room leader who adds a lot of toughness to this bunch.
So we go down the list:
locker room harmony: check
working as a team instead of a series of divas: check
a balanced offense that's still explosive: check
a championship defense: check
mental toughness: double check
I read someone's opinion that last year's group would have lost to the Redskins. I agree. This year's team came back to win 7-6. The mental toughness is there.
Thus, if the Cowboys fail again this December, there's nothing to blame it on this time, and the Cowboys will be left with questions that may never be able to be answered.
Sure we may be able to blame Wade Philips and a lack of a number one receiver for a possible future collapse, but they're both looking pretty good at 8-3.
I actually have more confidence in this group than the 2007 and 2008 Cowboys going into December. This appears to be a mentally tough team that will do well in the last month of the regular season.
If they don't, it's going to be an offseason of not knowing what to fix.