NFL  > General NFL  > Dallas Cowboys and the 2012 Playoffs
December 24, 2012, 08:51 AM
It appears the Cowboys will retain Jason Garrett for at least another year, and maybe rightfully so. I've been critical of this team and Garrett, all year long, sometimes rightfully so, and other times due to disgust and disappointment. The latter times more likely to unforeseen injuries and other things beyond anyone's control.

Due to injuries, especially on the defense, the Cowboys have had to plug and play back ups, street people, and/or players from wherever they could find them. The last few games, they've been winning, albeit not by much. Almost beat the Saints Sunday as well. People say injuries are no excuse, but they are. The Cowboys defense had lost over half of their starters. These people are starters for a reason.

The Steelers had lost a lot of starters as well, and now they're out of the playoffs. Was Big Ben the same after coming back from his injury? I don't think he was fully recovered, if you ask me. Other teams have suffered injuries as well, without making this longer than necessary.

My point is, even if the Cowboys miss the playoffs this year, I like their chances next year, because of the fact they finally became gamers, even with the scrubs. If all the starters come back, the back ups will have a lot of playing time experience, and it will then be a true "next man up", plugging someone in and hardly miss a beat. As of this writing, the 'Boys can STILL win their division with a win against the 'Skins. That's unreal...
December 24, 2012  09:01 AM ET

If Dallas beats Washington, the Giants are automatically eliminated from playoff contention.

I can be a Dallas Cowboy fan, if only for one week.

December 24, 2012  10:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

If Dallas beats Washington, the Giants are automatically eliminated from playoff contention.I can be a Dallas Cowboy fan, if only for one week.

Hate to bust your hopes there but the outcome of the Wash/Dallas game is irrelevant to the Giants.

They're only hope of making the playoffs now is a loss by Chicago and Minn and they must win there game.

December 24, 2012  11:25 AM ET

Bull if they make the playoffs this year they could be very dangerous, the comebacks lately have been very good. Why don't they just let Romo scramble and play hurry up all game? That is when that offense is scary good.

December 24, 2012  01:00 PM ET

In my observation of said game, Brees and company couldn't be stopped. So, in the OT period, I was left to wonder why the Cowboys didn't go for it on 4th down? Give the ball back to Brees and he'd beat you regardless. So, why not chance the 4th down, with a better than 50/50 chance of making the 1st? If you punt, they were going to score, and if you didn't make the 1st, they were still going to score..........I'd have taken my chances on 4th down myself.

December 24, 2012  01:10 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Bull if they make the playoffs this year they could be very dangerous, the comebacks lately have been very good. Why don't they just let Romo scramble and play hurry up all game? That is when that offense is scary good.

The Cowboys only hope if they make the playoffs, is to outscore their opponents..... The defense, although game, is still susceptible to being run out of town. Especially if there's no pass rush of any kind. There wasn't any with the Saints.

I believe, barring major injuries like this year, that next year will be a really good one for the 'Boys. All of these people that they found on practice squads, on the street, or someone else's back ups, have gotten some play time experience, so it'll be easier to "plug and play", and not skip too many beats.

I still find it hard to believe that they can win the NFC East just by beating the Redskins, even after losing to the Saints. Crazy division, eh? But, entertaining anyway.

I wish I could answer your question, but I have no clue. I'd have Romo bootlegging..play action...no huddle.... until the opponent could stop it.

December 24, 2012  08:54 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

The Cowboys only hope if they make the playoffs, is to outscore their opponents..... The defense, although game, is still susceptible to being run out of town. Especially if there's no pass rush of any kind. There wasn't any with the Saints.I believe, barring major injuries like this year, that next year will be a really good one for the 'Boys. All of these people that they found on practice squads, on the street, or someone else's back ups, have gotten some play time experience, so it'll be easier to "plug and play", and not skip too many beats.I still find it hard to believe that they can win the NFC East just by beating the Redskins, even after losing to the Saints. Crazy division, eh? But, entertaining anyway.I wish I could answer your question, but I have no clue. I'd have Romo bootlegging..play action...no huddle.... until the opponent could stop it.

Bull,

That was a very close game decided by OT,Not something easily done,but Yer Cowboys got thier playoff hopes with the Skins.

I think the Cowboys are up for the task. Best of Luck.

December 25, 2012  07:00 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Bull,That was a very close game decided by OT,Not something easily done,but Yer Cowboys got thier playoff hopes with the Skins.I think the Cowboys are up for the task. Best of Luck.

Thanks EZ. Win or lose, I think the Cowboys will be better next year, mainly due to things that happened this year.

December 27, 2012  01:50 PM ET

Plain and simple... gotta run the ball consistently to protect the Defense.

Time of possession is critical for us right now (as the Saints game made clear).

December 27, 2012  01:55 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Plain and simple... gotta run the ball consistently to protect the Defense. Time of possession is critical for us right now (as the Saints game made clear).

and turnovers! i.e. NOT making them.

December 27, 2012  01:57 PM ET

A word of caution. When JJ thinks the team is better than they really are, he tends to draft more stupidly. If they can put a good draft together there may be some real hope!!!

December 27, 2012  02:27 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

...the Giants are automatically eliminated from playoff contention...

Cowboys fan or not, THIS is my goal. Die Giants, DIE!

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December 27, 2012  03:54 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Plain and simple... gotta run the ball consistently to protect the Defense. Time of possession is critical for us right now (as the Saints game made clear).

I agree. Run the ball, and run the time off the clock, but they HAVE to score more than field goals, like they seem to like to do on their first possession. Keep the defense on the field as little as possible. Ware is hurting, so not sure how much of a factor he'll be.

December 27, 2012  03:55 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

and turnovers! i.e. NOT making them.

Can't afford a single one, if you ask me.

December 27, 2012  03:56 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

A word of caution. When JJ thinks the team is better than they really are, he tends to draft more stupidly. If they can put a good draft together there may be some real hope!!!

That ain't no damn lie........or he'll trade down for better value, or something.

December 27, 2012  03:57 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Cowboys fan or not, THIS is my goal. Die Giants, DIE!

Giants are pretty much dead now.

December 27, 2012  04:17 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Cowboys fan or not, THIS is my goal. Die Giants, DIE!

Sweets,

Why do you despise the Giants so much for? ,ifn ya don't mind me asking?

December 27, 2012  04:53 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Giants are pretty much dead now.

The Giants still can make the playoffs but need to rely on other teams qualify.

December 27, 2012  04:53 PM ET

to qualify.

 
December 27, 2012  05:04 PM ET
QUOTE(#18):

The Giants still can make the playoffs but need to rely on other teams qualify.

Thats a fact,

But theres a few teams that either have too win or lose for that too happen.

But anythings possible. And theres alot of fans that don't care for the G-men in any playoff picture/chance or capacity.

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