There’s a simple truth that is yet to be defeated in the long history of sports: Winning. Cures. All.
The Dallas Cowboys won last Sunday and improved to 2-2 on the season. They experienced quite the long week leading up to the Lions game, and the sky is definitely more blue (and silver perhaps) since the scoreboard locked in their favor.
This idea was proven to a great degree with last week’s FanPulse data. After a rough Week 3 loss in Seattle there were hardly any Cowboys fans with confidence left in the direction of the team.
Cowboys fans have bounced back on the confidence scale
Rooters of America’s Team have bounced back and forth this season when it comes to confidence. Shocker of the century here, but Cowboys fans’ confidence has basically moved as the team’s wins and losses have. They started high, plummeted, pulled back up, almost touched the lava on the ground, and suddenly the pulse is alive once more.
Dallas fans experienced the fourth-largest jump in confidence across all teams from Week 4 to Week 5, but to be fair if you’re sitting at 6% and pull off a win you have almost nowhere to go but up. Fans of the Patriots, Cardinals, and Bengals all jumped higher than the Cowboys, but those teams find themselves in different positions.
New England hadn’t looked like New England early on and finally did, Arizona got to see their rookie quarterback and future, and Cincinnati’s offense looked of supreme quality against the Atlanta Falcons in a big win for them (and nice bonus for us!).
It also bears mentioning that last week’s game against Detroit was the first time this season that Cowboys fans predicted a loss for the team. Thankfully they were wrong, putting fans at 1-3 on the season when it comes to predictions, a whole game worse than the actual Cowboys.
This week Cowboys fans have bounced back in more ways than their confidence. They’re once again predicting a win, but so is the FanPulse contingent that represents the Houston Texans. Confidence is contagious, I suppose.
Things are getting shaky across the NFC East
On a division-wide confidence scale there seems to be a bit of panic setting in with some of our foes. The Philadelphia Eagles started off on quite the strong note in their Super Bowl title defense, but losing to the Tennessee Titans can shake things up.
Over in New York fans of the Giants have started to realize what the rest of the world has known for quite some time... Eli Manning is not very good.
Redskins fans are feeling confident, but that will happen when your last win was against Aaron Rodgers and you have nothing but idle hands (Washington was on a bye last week). We’re a quarter of the way into the season for 75% of the division and teams are starting to fully become who they’ll be. Which of these four teams ultimately has the most right to be as confident as they are?
We’ll have to wait and see.
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