Episode IV: A New Hope (Cowboys Leave Balt Degobah System With A Loss)

The look on Luke Skywalker's face when Yoda lifts his X-Wing fighter from the sludge by the power of the force is priceless. The Cowboys may have finally seen the power of their own force today. Maybe the light has finally come on for this team. Maybe they realize they CAN beat anyone. The question is WILL they?

237 rushing yards against the once celebrated Ravens D is nothing to sneeze at. If you can put up 237 on them, you can put up at least 175 on anybody - which usually leads to a W. Think the dogs of Carolina won't need a new set of wee-wee pads after watching film this week? Not one or two, but four running backs running rough-shod over the likes of Ngata and Lewis?

I was disappointed today too. It took several rounds of oysters and a few brewskis to recover my affinity for all things Cowboys. The team is in an interesting place. I'd like to call it the Yoda moment.

If they continue to run the ball like they did today, they can beat anyone IF they eliminate the mistakes. This is a remarkable change in philosophy for Jason Garrett. Usually, he likes to pass to get the team in 2nd or 3rd and short. By running the ball, he will constantly have to deal with 2nd and 6 and 3rd and 3. This actually opens up a lot more of the passing game, since a quick strike could happen at any time (as evidenced by the many intermediate to long passes Romo completed). However, the O-Line cannot have the holding and false start penalties they had today. Nor can the receivers themselves get flagged for illegal procedure (showing my age).

Another benefit of playing this kind of 'small ball' is the domination of time of possession. The Cowboys held it for 40 min against Baltimore's 20. This allows the defense to play much more aggressively - which they did not do today Rob Ryan.

So, a new pathway and identity for this team arises. Can the offense eliminate their mistakes enough to advance an ideology that relies on a stout running game, controlling the clock, and hitting timely passes? Can the defense play at 11 on a scale of 1 - 10 for 20 min a game? Can Joe DeCamilis coach his way out of a falling practice field bubble (dude, you've earned that comment)?

If so, today's loss might turn out to be the best week of our season.

Tune in next week to find out.

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