While losing in maddening fashion all season, you can't help but notice that the 'Boys keep hanging in there with good teams. I think the best teams we've faced so far have been New York, San Fran, Detroit, and New England. We are 1-3 against them, but in every single game we've been in it until the end, which is both encouraging and frustrating. This tells me that the Cowboys can be an elite team if they learn to close. With that in mind, here's what I want to see against the 0-5 Rams this Sunday:
1) An easy win: They've hung around with the Jets, they've beaten the 49ers, they dominated the Lions in the first half, and they hung around with the Pats. No excuse for winning this game by any less than 10-13 points.
2) No interceptions from Romo: He's thrown 6 interceptions in 5 games. Too many. He needs to focus in the same manner he did in 2009. This would be a good place to start.
3) A decent running game: Even without Felix Jones, I'd like to see the Cowboys rush the ball well. The Rams allow 163 yards per game on the ground. DeMarco Murray looks to be a pretty tough runner, so he could be the RKG for the game.
4) A stout defensive performance: Sam Bradford's hobbled and not having a good season and they don't have many offensive options save for Brandon Lloyd, who will have had less than a week of learning the playbook come Sunday.
In other words, the Cowboys can't slack off on this one. The worst thing that can happen is that they play to St. Louis' level and let them stay in the game. If there was any time for the Cowboys to snap this streak of winning/losing by 4 points or less, this is the time.