Cowboys Trample World-Champion Seahawks 30-23, But Bigger Test Yet To Come
The “process” which Jason Garrett is so enthralled with as the Dallas Cowboys’ head coach has been part allusion and part illusion the past three seasons. On Sunday, that “process” yielded tangible results at long last.
Illuminating evidence as to the true state of America’s Team was presented under gray Seattle skies, as the Cowboys took down the defending champion Seahawks 30-23.
Peyton’s Broncos found solace in taking Seattle to a fifth period three weeks ago. The Cowboys needed no such thing today, winning with an authority that has long been scarce in Dallas.
The Cowboys nearly lost to the Houston Texans last weekend in the manner of a man drawing water from an uncommonly deep well. It took them all day to put them away.
On this day, seemingly all that was required for victory was that the Cowboys stay out of their own way.
Tony Romo spread the ball around to eight different receivers on his way to a 250-yard, two-touchdown effort, and Demarco Murray notched his sixth consecutive outing with 100 or more yards, tallying 115 on 29 carries.
A suspect Dallas defense complemented their offense with a stifling effort, holding Seattle to 206 total yards and only nine first downs.
It was poor special teams play from the Cowboys that kept the score close. A blocked punt off the foot of Chris Jones led to seven easy points for the home team, and a muffed punt later in the third quarter led to another Seattle touchdown.
That’s why Dallas found themselves trailing 23-20 as the fourth quarter started winding down. And facing a third-down and 20 in their own end of the field, the Cowboys looked ready to fold in their cards.
But on a day when he could do no wrong, Romo let go of a pass that turned out every bit good and proper for the Cowboys. Even if it didn’t happen as he expected. Apparently thrown in the direction of Jason Witten down the right sideline, Romo’s pass sailed over the head of his tight end and instead landed in the hands of second-year wide receiver Terrance Williams, who managed to tap both toes in bounds before falling to the chalk.
The 23-yard gain proved to be the key play on the scoring drive which sealed a dominant effort.
Nobody just walks into Qwest Field and roughs up the Seahawks. That’s why we should consider these Cowboys an imposing somebody. For all of their many flaws, the 5-1 Cowboys are on top of the NFC and should be considered a viable threat at this early date to run this train all the way to Glendale in February.
And while a brief celebration on the flight back to Dallas is understandable, a certain member of the Cowboys front-office is strongly advised to use discretion this week. Yes, that would be you Jerry.
The Cowboys are more inclined than any other franchise to believing the hype because theirs is the owner who devours the morning paper and spends afternoons listening to sports talk-radio hosts refer to “Jerry” in the third person.
The greatest fear for Cowboy followers should be the psychological result of this Dallas victory. There’s no apologizing for winning in the NFL, but neither is there a trophy handed out in Week 6 either.
This is just the type of marquee win guaranteed to get Jones up and off the recliner at the office and start preaching the gospel of accomplishment and contentment. In the past, this would be the week that he hands out contract extensions to his star running back and wide receiver.
One way or another, Garrett needs to ensure that doesn’t happen this time. The Cowboys, for a change, have far too much to lose in this playoff race.
These Cowboys are for real right now, but sticking to Garrett’s down-to-earth approach is the surest way to avoid going down as one of Jerry’s all-time team of frauds.