December to Remember
The Cowboys, during the Tony Romo era, have been know to fail horribly in the month of December. Even when they do win the division, like in 2007, somehow they still manage to prove people right, that they are not built for December and January. Sunday afternoon, the Cowboys won their first division title and playoff appearance since 2009, which makes me a happy fan.
A 42-7 blowout victory over the Colts is what sealed the deal for the Boys. Tony Romo had a classic performance, only throwing 2 incompletions (18/20) and 4 TDs. He also passed Troy Aikman to become the all-time franchise leader in passing yards with 32,942 yards. For me, this has been Romo's best season in recent memory, mainly because he has a running game. This wasn't his best season statistically, but he kept those infamous "Romo Moments" to a career low. The worst game of the season for him was the first game, when he threw 3 INTs against the Niners.
DeMarco Murray has been the savior for this team. The 4-year pro became the best back in football this season with his hard-nose running. At Oklahoma, Murray wasn't known to be a power back, but after hitting the weight room, he gained the most yards in-between the tackles. Much credit has to go to the offensive line, the best in the NFL. Tyron Smith, Doug Free and rookie Zach Martin are the anchors of this running game. I must apologize to Zach Martin and Jerry Jones because at that 16th pick, I wanted the Boys to select Johnny Manziel but obviously that would have been a bad choice. Without Murray and that O-Line, the Cowboys would not be in the postseason. He was truly the most valuable player, when you think about what he meant to this team. Having the league's best rusher is one of the main factors to why we haven't seen many Romo Moments.
For me, this is a different Cowboys team from the previous years in the 2000s. The Cowboys in previous years always had talent but lacked that heart that separates teams from good and great. Most teams during 2000s always had some type of controversy that would follow the players throughout the whole season, whether it's players blowing up on the sidelines, coaches being fired, or Jerry Jones being Jerry Jones. You didn't see any of that this season, plus the defense became one of the best in the league, after being historically bad last year. Consistency and balance has been this team's best quality and I think will carry them far into the playoffs.
Of course I don't forget about 2007 when they lost at home to the Giants after going 13-3 or 2009, when they went 11-5 and lost to Brett Favre and the Vikings 34-3, so this is not a guarantee of any sort. Unlike those teams, I have a ton of confidence in them going into the playoffs. I had confidence in those teams in the beginning of the season but by the end of the season, it decreased. I didn't have much of any confidence in this team at the beginning of the season, just because I was still disappointed from the previous two seasons. I won't say the Cowboys will win the Super Bowl but I do think they are one of the best teams in the playoffs, not to mention, they're 7-0 on the road so far.