The yellow rose of Texas has never smelled so sweet. That was the type of game that creates rivalries. State pride on the line, 0-2 Cowboys in the earliest 'must win' game in recent history with the seasons' hopes pinned to a Week 3 match-up against an undefeated, offensive juggernaut. The stage was set. The Cowboys win!
Was there ever any doubt?
It was a dominating victory. Houston's only TD, most of their points, and nearly half of their offensive yards, came in the 4th quarter with the Cowboys well in control of the game. I am still feeding off the Sunday high. A sight for sore eyes. Romo was accurate (76% 284-2) and 2 for 2 in Red Zone attempts, Buehler was 2 for 2 with 40 and 49 yard fieldgoals, we almost established a running game, the O-Line allowed no sacks against Super Mario & Co., Roy's elusive redemption was at hand, and the Defense sacked and pillaged for a combined 4 sacks and 3 turnovers. How 'Bout Them Cowboys!?
And for all the fantastic play by these Cowboys on this dessert-sweet Sunday, oddly enough, the sloppy play was the delectable cherry on top. While the players, coaches, Joneses, fans, and media critics can all take a rest during the bye week, there is clearly a lot of work to be done. As my coach used to say about the game film "The eye in the sky don't lie. There's fixin' to be done." Another 8 penalties to make a game more difficult. Miles was nearly shut out. Barber only averaged 3.2ypc. The Defense allowed a 100 yard rusher for the first time in over a season. Dallas converted +30% of 3rd downs, but allowed Houston to convert (another) 3rd and 19 (nightmare) along with +40% of the rest. But the way this season has started, I am excited about having such a marred big-game victory.
I believe the Week 5 matchup with the Tennessee Titans will reveal to us whether Jerry and Stephen Jones will be looking for a new head coach while watching strangers play in Cowboys Stadium, or if 2010 promises a playoff run with hopes for homefield advantage in the Super Bowl. If the mantra "Try to get better everyday" is honestly lived and worked at Valley Ranch, then this should be a reallly fun season afterall. Come on, you're thinking it too.
"If we can handedly defeat a good team while overcoming all these mental errors...imagine what we accomplish with perfect execution."
With the bye week, the coaching staff and players will have extra time. Either they continue to work hard and fine tune (perhaps even review some of the basics) to effeciently win games and blow some teams out moving forward, or they will go on a mental vacation and eat all of the cheese and then prove us wrong. It seems too long to wait, but let's savor a BIG victory and hope they use the sloppy play as motivation to get back to work, because after Oct. 10th we'll know a lot more about the 'Boys in 2010 - and perhaps even 2011.