Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

11 Jan 2008

Cowboys Can Still Make Deep Playoff Run

At Fox this week I write about the Cowboys. The month of December didn't exactly treat the Cowboys kindly, but you've got to think they're still the favorites to come out of the NFC.

Posted by: Michael David Smith on 11 Jan 2008

25 comments, Last at 16 Jan 2008, 2:26pm by mattymatty


by Daniel (not verified) :: Fri, 01/11/2008 - 4:17pm

It seems like when it comes to the playoffs, anything can happen. Every team gets a clean slate. The Cowboys are ranked number 1 in the NFC but once again, anything can happen. Home field advantage will be a great benefit to the Cowboys. I think they can beat the Giants and the Packers but Dallas needs to learn to be a threat without TO. If you thought about the Patriots, they would still be a great team if Moss got hurt. I think the Cowboys are a great team without TO, but I'm not sure if the Cowboys know that. Either way it'll be very interesting to watch Sunday's game. Go Cowboys!

by Cosmos (not verified) :: Fri, 01/11/2008 - 6:16pm

Eyes burn from FOX poster comments! AAAAGGGGHHH

Far and away the best point I have heard all year, "Opposing defenses seem to have caught on that they don't have to respect the running game when Jones is on the field, and that makes life more difficult for Romo."

How true, Opponents dont respect Jones, and why should they?

He's probably a FA after the season, so why not cut bait right now and bench his ass?
Considering Dallas barely ran the ball in December, Barber legs should be fresher than any back in the playoffs and they should ride him to the Super Bowl.
I think the only way Dallas could bet the Pats in a Super Bowl Match-up is to run Marion like hell and keep Brady off the field.

by ammek (not verified) :: Fri, 01/11/2008 - 6:18pm

Is that a spider's web behind MDS's head or some medieval representation of a halo?

by thestar5 (not verified) :: Fri, 01/11/2008 - 8:00pm

No offense, but isn't the title kind of misleading? There were two senteces saying why the Cowboys could make a deep playoff run, and the whole rest of the article was just showing their struggles.

by mush (not verified) :: Fri, 01/11/2008 - 8:56pm

"Cowboys Can Still Make Deep Playoff Run"

Phew. As the No. 1 seed and a 7.5-point favorite this week, I was of course giving them no shot at all.

by Jimi (not verified) :: Fri, 01/11/2008 - 9:42pm

I just read the Fox comments...I forgot to be like everyone else and check my brain at the door.

Even with Dallas's less-than-spectacular play in December, I still consider them my favorite to take the NFC. The Giants have looked marginally better lately, but I'm still not sold on them, and Eli's about due for another of his multi-INT disaster games. Seattle also enters the playoffs 2-2 in their last four games and will have to fend off a tough Packers team. As for those Packers, they've already proven they can't keep up with Dallas. If Owens doesn't play, the situation changes, but I get the feeling he'll be in for Sunday and at least dangerous enough to attract extra attention from the defense. It wouldn't be the first time Owens shrugged off an injury to play in the postseason.

by Yakuza Rich (not verified) :: Fri, 01/11/2008 - 9:48pm

It's a hoot that people expect the Cowboys to run their entire playbook on both sides of the ball in a meaningless game against the Redskins. Benching the starts aside, only an idiot coach is going keep the playbook open in that situation, obviously a big factor in that game, to go along with not being overly motivated.

And it wasn't like they just lost some good role players against Washington as Gurode and Owens are both Pro Bowlers, Ratliff probably should be one, and then there's Terence Newman.

by Fergasun (not verified) :: Fri, 01/11/2008 - 10:05pm

Re: 3
To me it looks like MDS is a transmission tower, beaming prolific blog postings wirelessly from his head. So that's how he makes all those blog postings... he can post in his sleep.

I'm ambivalent regarding TOs injury. I always want to think of his 2004 Super Bowl performance, then at the same time I remember when he had the wrist injury and was ineffective. I think he's a solider and likes to be the hero, so I'm inclined to think he'll be effective.

I'm with #7 on the Redskins game... Ratliff and Newman were the biggest benching's. Although I never really like the, "They ran a vanilla playbook" excuse. Redskin fans said that about our defense in the 2006 preseason...

by Yakuza Rich (not verified) :: Sun, 01/13/2008 - 12:28am

#8 - Well, that's Redskins logic for you. I mean, there's a difference between preseason where the other team is likely running a vanilla playbook and the last game of the season where one is running the vanilla playbook and the other is fighting for their playoff spot.

by Bill Barnwell :: Sun, 01/13/2008 - 4:24pm

Annoying whiny comment deleted. "Deep run? How about all the way to the Bowl and taking out the Pats? Is that deep enough for all the FO Pat homers?" What a dweeb.

by PatsFan (not verified) :: Sun, 01/13/2008 - 9:54pm

Well, apparently the Cowboys can't.

by Richard (not verified) :: Sun, 01/13/2008 - 11:14pm

11: Ha. Yeah, so much for that.

by ricky (not verified) :: Mon, 01/14/2008 - 4:45am

People should've known better than to pick a Wade Phillips led team to go to the Super Bowl, no way that was going to happen. I was thinking that all season, but of course I wait till the lose to blab about it on the internets, d'oh...

by Nate (not verified) :: Mon, 01/14/2008 - 4:51am

Guess they were running their real playbook against the Redskins.

by JMK (not verified) :: Mon, 01/14/2008 - 11:02am

It's just not fair...he's my quarterback...he's my team mate...

by B (not verified) :: Mon, 01/14/2008 - 11:07am

16: I can't wait for TO's "leave Romo alone" youtube video.

by Dean (not verified) :: Mon, 01/14/2008 - 3:33pm

I just came here today because of the title, because it brings joy to so many to simply be able to say, "no. They can't."

Yesterday, we were all Giants fans.

And as for Owens, well, Karma's a B.

I do think there's a bit of expertise there, though. After all, who else knows more about treating QBs unfairly?

Ultimately, though, it's Owens being selfish as usual. He can't stand to have the spotlight shine elsewhere, so this is his latest way to attract attention.

by noahpoah (not verified) :: Mon, 01/14/2008 - 6:15pm

I just came in here to comment, like Dean immediately above, that it's amusing that this is (as of 4:13 PM ET) still the top headline in the 'FO Goes Mainstream' box on the front page. Go 'Boys!

by Jimmy in Oz (not verified) :: Mon, 01/14/2008 - 7:24pm

Anyone else see TO and think Old School?

Frank: [Crying] You're my boy, Blue! You're my boy.

by Otis Taylor 89 (not verified) :: Mon, 01/14/2008 - 8:30pm

That's all I could think off today when I heard it 10 times - and I've never seen "Old School".

by George (not verified) :: Mon, 01/14/2008 - 10:25pm

Apparently not.

by jebmak (not verified) :: Tue, 01/15/2008 - 12:28pm

This article heading seems a little silly on the front page now.

by Scott H (not verified) :: Tue, 01/15/2008 - 5:01pm

Well, technically, the ProBowl is deeper in the post-season than the SuperBowl...

by JMK (not verified) :: Wed, 01/16/2008 - 12:42pm

Does anyone still not get a chuckle out of this?

by mattymatty (not verified) :: Wed, 01/16/2008 - 2:26pm

I'd like to petition Aaron and the rest of FO to leave this article up here throughout the post season and into the off season.