Before last game, some were predicting a blowout against the 49ers. Oddly enough, after we squeaked out an overtime win, some of those people suddenly discovered that San Fran was a legitimate team and that beating them shows Dallas' grit. O.K., I get the fact that we had some significant injuries, and props to the Boys; 1-1 is sooo much better than 0-2!
But it got me thinking--when's the last time you've seen this team really win a game, all the way? The sort of win with a decent enough cushion that it doesn't all come down to one lucky play--and which doesn't leave us saying, "If only Romo hadn't thrown that one dumb pass"? I've seen the stats on how last season was unlucky--we lost a lot of games by a touchdown or less. But I'd love for someone to compile the stats on how many games we've left to luck--games decided by few points, or (put differently) games where in the 4th quarter one play made the difference between loss and victory.
Now, some may predict a blowout tonight. I don't see it. The Skins are 2-0, and we are injury-ridden, and they've always played us close anyway. We're all just hoping (praying) to eke out a W, and that's fine. The Lions also seem, suddenly, like a team to fear. But my question is: when do we get to see a real win, a win in which it doesn't really matter if the other team gets a lucky turnover in the last quarter? When do we see the Cowboys pull ahead, stay ahead, and finish? When I glance at the NFL scores, I find that there are games like that for every other team. When do we get one?