There were still 10 minutes left in the third quarter of the Cowboys’ 44-21 win over the Rams, but given the Cowboys’ 24-point lead at the time and the way the listless Rams were playing, everyone knew how this one was going to turn out.
And considering the underachieving Cowboys were losers of three straight entering the contest, that was a relief. After weeks of reports of disharmony and threats of staff turnover, the Cowboys were practically bursting at the seams, ready to celebrate a return to .500 at 7-7.
That’s also why after the game Cowboys coach Jason Garrett, the man being set up for a Ned Stark-like ending barring a miracle midseason turnaround, spoke in front of his team in the locker room with the conviction of a man trying to speak hope into his charges.
“Toughness was on display today,” Garrett said. “The physical toughness, the mental toughness, was all over our football team. Hell of a job.”
Well, sure. Every victory is a good victory in the NFL, where parity reigns supreme. However, some wins mean more. And while the Cowboys’ desire to get off the schneid was admirable, they didn’t prove much of anything Sunday.
Although it’s tempting to praise them for an inspired effort, considering the wealth of talent on this roster, it’s long overdue. Entering this contest, Dallas was 0-6 against teams above .500, and the Cowboys were also coming off 10 days’ rest. Playing good, tough, football with enthusiasm, especially with a division title and a home playoff game within reach thanks to the fact they play in a historically putrid NFC East this year, was the bare minimum for what was expected Sunday. Especially considering that Dallas pulled from the “Nobody-Believed-In-Us” well for this one.
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SOURCE: Yahoo, Terez Paylor