Dallas Cowboys: A Model of Consistency

With a home game against the Eagles, they will come out and play well early, only to squander the game away in the 4th and blow the season right in front of America.

Its December and the Cowboys sit at 7-7 with two games left, controlling their own destiny.  Win out, they will be 9-7 and win the division.  Sounds like they're in the driver's seat right?  Let me tell you exactly how this will play out.  They will win this Sunday vs the Redskins and everyone will believe all is good in Dallas.  Then, next week it will appear they mean business.  With a home game against the Eagles, they will come out and play well early, only to squander the game away in the 4th and blow the season right in front of America.  How do I know this?  Because I've seen in happen every year since 2011.

2012

The Cowboys were sitting at 8-7 going into week 17 vs the Redskins.  They owned the tie breaker vs the also 8-7 Skins so all they had to do was win the game and they were the division champs.  The Cowboys played well in the first half with the score tied at 7 at halftime.  Both teams traded field position on the 3rd with Washington scoring once.  In 2 of their first 3 possessions in the 4th, the Cowboys kicked a FG and scored a TD with a 2 pt conversion and held Washington to just 1 TD and 2 punts.  Then the 4th quarter meltdown happened.  With 3:33 left in a 3 point game, Romo was picked off by London Fletcher and the Redskins ended up scoring a TD as a result.  Dallas got the ball back, down 10 with 1:09 left and had no shot to win.

2011

The Cowboys were sitting at 8-7 going into week 17 vs the Giants.  They owned the tie breaker over the also 8-7 Giants so all they had to do was win the game and they were the division champs.  This one the Cowboys were outmatched the entire game.  At halftime the score was 21-0 Giants but the Cowboys rallied back scoring 14 unanswered making it a 7 point game with 10:20 left in the 4th.  After a Tynes field goal and an Eli Manning TD pass to Nicks, the score was 31-21 with 3:46 left.  Then, yet again, another 4th quarter meltdown.  Starting from their own 18, They Cowboys "drove" to their 46.  With just under 2 minutes left, Romo was sacked and fumbled the ball, recovered by the Giants' Justin Tuck.  The Giants kneeled on the ball, made the playoffs and ultimately won the Super Bowl.

Looking back at these past disappointments, no one in their right mind would pick the Cowboys to do anything other than what they're good at, blowing their season in December.  As for this Cowboys fan, I have come to find it humorous when I can sit back and call another meltdown in December.  "History repeats itself, first as tradegy, second as farce."