The crystal ball, once again, had a stellar performance this past week, going undefeated at 4-0. Truly a tremendous achievement, as many of the games had playoff implications. That puts the crystal ball at 29-22-1 for the season. That’s seven games over .500 (.567 to be exact). Not many prognosticators gave the Cowboys much of a chance against the G-Men, but the crystal ball took a chance on them. The ‘Boys rewarded the crystal ball, and pulled off the upset. Let’s review and see what happened last week.
Last Week: 4-0
New York Giants @ Dallas: (WIN) This was a classic defensive struggle in the early stages of the game. Romo was banged up early with a back contusion, but he sucked it up, and was able to continue. The ‘Boys put a hurting on Eli as well, by sacking him 8 times (ouch)! The Cowboys were able to take control of the game, but the G-Men tried to make a game of it in the 4th quarter. Tashard Choice broke a long gainer for a TD to put the Cowboys up for good. Dallas is currently holding on to the 5th seed in the NFC, but they are still on thin ice for the next two weeks.
San Diego @ Kansa City: (WIN) The Chiefs were playing for mere pride and in hopes of helping Herm Edwards keep his job next season. The Bolts were in playoff mode, as they must win out and hope the Broncos have a major melt down. The Chiefs had a comfortable lead with less than five minutes remaining in regulation. Rivers was able to lead his team victory, with two touchdowns in the final two minutes of the game. The Chargers are still in the hunt for a playoff spot, but it would take a miracle at this point.
Indianapolis @ Detroit: (WIN) The Lions gave the Colts all they could handle for most of the game, but Peyton Manning was able to lead his team to victory. The Colts are now 10-4, after winning seven games in a row. Their 3-4 start cost them the division title, but they will be a dangerous team in the tournament. This game ended up being a lot closer than I thought, so I will give Detroit credit for not quitting on the season. But they are 0-14, and it doesn’t look any better the next two weeks either. 0-16 is surely their destiny…what a disgrace!
Cleveland @ Philadelphia: (WIN) The Eagles came up with a big victory against the Browns. They have now won three straight games, and at 8-5-1, they have a legitimate shot at making the playoffs. A few weeks ago, everyone and their grandmother wanted Reid and McNabb to get out of town as fast as possible. A few weeks, and three wins later, perhaps everyone was a little premature in packing their bags. To make the playoffs, the Birds need to take care of business (beat the ‘Skins and Cowboys) and have a little help. What a turnaround for D-Mac, if he can pull it off!
Is the NFL great or what? With two weeks left, in the NFC, there are 9 teams still alive for the 4 playoff spots still available. In the AFC, it’s the same scenario, 9 teams for 4 spots. What a finish this is going to be!
Jerry Jones said that he doesn’t mind all the self-imposed and media distractions. He claims that anytime the Cowboys are in the news, it is good exposure for the Cowboys brand. I tend to agree for the most part, as long as it doesn’t involve players breaking the law!
From The Mail Room:
Jim Z., Killeen, Texas: I saw that the Giants have all ready clinched the division. How can that be because if the Cowboys win all there games and the Giants lose there
games wouldn't they both have the same record?
Utopia1dc: Jimbo, I was thinking the same thing myself. If the Cowboys win their final two games, and the G-Men lose their final two games, they would both be 11-5. Both teams would also be 4-2 in the division, 8-2 in the conference, and 3-1 against the AFC. I know it comes down to a tiebreaker, but I have to be missing something here?
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