Yes. The Cowboys needed overtime to beat the lowly Cleveland Browns, they still won the game didn't they? It's ok to be unhappy about the team's performance today, it's perfectly normal. But to write this team off already isn't. It's not that it's undeserving or possible though. I mean man has this team looked lost in space this season. Injuries happen but they're no excuse for this team's inept offense so far. You have to learn to deal with them. And this team is doing just that. They lost Tyron Smith who was no question the best linemen they had on the roster in the first half. In the same game, Dallas was starting McKenzie Bernadeu at center for the first time all season. This makeshift line was abysmal in the first half. Not even high school grade level, but in all honesty, what did you expect? The line from the 90's? With yet another new center, and a new left tackle? On top of all of that bad news, this makeshift Frankenstein line was facing a Brown's defense that had only given up 200 yards of offense the past two weeks, and was well rested coming off of a bye. This was never going to be a blowout. The Brown's have only been blown out once this season, and that was a game against the NY Giants that they had a 14-0 lead and imploded. We should be pleased as punch that the Cowboys won today let alone survived this game. Romo got sacked at least seven times, and escaped from at least 4 more today. For anyone who is pointing the finger at Romo today, he's the reason why this team was even in the game, let alone in a position to win it. Give Dez Bryant a hand today too. He finally had one of those breakout elite games that we've been waiting for.
This win wasn't pretty in the least. It was ugly, full of penalties, and wasn't really all that fun to watch. But the team gutted it out and won despite tall odds today. Down 13-0 at the half? Starting a patchwork offensive line? No running game? This team showed nothing to me that would make me believe that they were a playoff team in the first half..But in the second half though, it was a whole other story..Jason Garret made great adjustments on offense to get the O out of the mud, Rob Ryan made solid adjustments as well, and ditched the 3 man rush and cover plan for the send the hounds D which harassed and smacked Weeden around like a pinball. Remember that hit Sensi put on Richardson? Someone has got to get a gif of that play. Plays like that prove that this team is no pushover. They fight, and scratch and claw their way through all 60 minutes or more. Which is why I like their chances to possibly make a playoff berth. This team isn't like the teams that Wade put together that folded like a deck of cards when things got rough. This team, this season, has been in almost every game against arguably superior competition. And they're 5-5 with six games to go. They have a puncher's chance to make the playoffs. And that's more than the Eagles can say. Nothing good ever comes easy. You can go undefeated all the way up the super bowl, and it doesn't mean jack if you don't bring the trophy home. I guarantee the Patriots would have traded their blow out ridden undefeated regular season for that trophy. That alone is proof that there are no style points in the NFL. Sure I would have rather have seen Dallas blow out the brownies to the tune of 44-6, but it didn't happen. So I move on, and take the win. A win that this team is damn lucky to have today, given all of the injuries, and the slow start to start the game.
This team is learning how to win, and getting better each and every week. The Brown's still don't know how to win games. Dallas does, but needs to do it consistently. And that's really hard to do with half the team on the shelf. But you can only deal with the cards you're dealt. And this team has gotten a bad hand so for this season. But they're still in it. They're down but not out. You have to have patience with this current team. If you expected this team to be a juggernaut to start the season with a completely reshuffled offensive line, and some new pieces on defense you're crazy. That was never going to be the case. Don't compare Harbaugh and what he did with the 49ers. That's a completely different scenario. This team isn't great. Yes. I said it. It isn't a great team. It hasn't been since 2007. And even then you might have reasoning to say otherwise. It sure as heck isn't awful either. Awful teams don't go up against some of the best in the league and come away inches or fingertips away from a winning record. They are a mediocre team striving, and trying as hard as they can to get better against extreme circumstances. And you know what? They are getting better. This ugly win over Cleveland is proof of that. They are learning how to close games instead of giving them away. Romo hasn't thrown a pick in 3 weeks, the Defense is forcing some turnovers, and the special teams are playing way better than they were earlier in the season, especially in the return area. Now I am not saying that this team is going to make the playoffs. They might and they might not. Same goes for all the other teams in Dallas's position who are in the hunt.
Patience truly is a virtue. Something that this team has, and a quality that we as a fans should embrace as well. I am not asking you all to hold hands and never say another negative word about this team again, all I am trying to get across with this is that this team needs all the support it can get right now. So what if they didn't win the way you wanted them to. They won the game, and that's all that matters. Let's start feeling good for once about this team. I know it's hard to do, but that's what being a fan is all about right? Huge helpings of patience and kool aid. Whatever gets us through the day right? It's been 16 long years and counting since the team has won a super bowl, and the wait is only going to get longer. So buck up, and get ready for the long haul. This team has a lot of ground to cover to get to the playoffs and there are going to be a lot of bumps and bruises along the way. No one said this season was going to be easy. Even supposed easy wins like today weren't pieces of cake. But you know what? We can either cry and complain about how bad this team is playing, or we can wait for them to break through and show us something special. In any season good or bad the waiting is the hardest part. Waiting for proof that the team has turned a corner, waiting for validation that the glory days might be coming back, waiting for playoff wins, waiting for super bowls, waiting for a new GM, or just plain waiting for the next game on sunday(Or in this case Thursday) It's tough to be a cowboys fan. It's a lot of waiting. I haven't waited this long at the airport for chrissakes! But what else can you do? Say screw it and stop rooting for the Cowboys? I would rather die than pick that option. The waiting is especially hard because this team has been good for so long, and now they're mediocre. But things can only get better or worse from here on out. I guess we're going to have to wait and find out.