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Glass still half full for Cowboys

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Yes, the Cowboys squandered a 26-3 halftime lead on Sunday.  Sure, ESPN already has begun calling it an “epic tragedy.”

As Tony Dungy of NBC explained during last night’s Bengals-Steelers postgame show, the loss to the Packers doesn’t really change much for the Cowboys.

The Cowboys’ postseason chances still point to Week 17, with a Third Annual NFC East Championship Game looming against the Eagles.  Dallas has fallen to 7-7 and the Eagles stand at 8-6, which means that the Cowboys need only to win against the 3-11 Redskins on Sunday to set the stage for a winner-take-all-loser-gets-nothing-and-likes-it showdown with the Eagles.

With the Cowboys already beating the Eagles in Philly, Dallas needs to be only one game behind the Eagles entering the final weekend.  If Dallas is 8-7 and the Eagles are 9-6, a Cowboys win results in a tie that would go to Dallas via the two-game sweep.

While that all makes sense from a big-picture perspective, it won’t do much to make Sunday’s loss any easier to swallow.  With the Eagles stumbling at Minnesota, a Cowboys win at Washington and a Philly loss to the Bears on Sunday night would have made Week 17 irrelevant.

Instead, Week 17 remains highly relevant.  And it should be a great game.  Especially if the Cowboys have the ball with a chance to win.  Or to not lose.

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  1. weepingjebus says: Dec 16, 2013 9:53 AM

    Yes, the Cowboys coughed up a big lead to a wounded Packers team. But the important thing to remember is that the Giants are absolutely atrocious.

  2. thepftpoet says: Dec 16, 2013 9:54 AM

    The glass is half full with bleach that Jerry Jones mine as well drink

  3. thedoubleentandres says: Dec 16, 2013 9:54 AM

    I stuck a Tony Romo fathead on my garage door and now it won’t close…

  4. wrossi81 says: Dec 16, 2013 9:54 AM

    A half-full glass is still enough for Tony Romo to choke on in December.

  5. atthemurph says: Dec 16, 2013 9:55 AM

    Glass half full of what?

  6. lrical says: Dec 16, 2013 9:59 AM

    Cowboys got this. Shake the loss off and focus at the task at hand

  7. pillowporkers says: Dec 16, 2013 10:00 AM

    Hey maybe next week they’ll run the ball in the second half.

  8. seahawkhuskyfan says: Dec 16, 2013 10:00 AM

    Who is #18 for the Cowboys and why doesn’t he close games out?

  9. pencilmonkeymagic says: Dec 16, 2013 10:05 AM

    Maybe the League should just shutdown the NFC East for the rest of the season – hand out a 3rd wildcard elsewhere.

  10. southpaw2k says: Dec 16, 2013 10:05 AM

    Interesting possible dilemma….

    What if both the Ravens/Bengals game and Eagles/Cowboys game in Week 17 decide who wins their respective divisions?

    I’m assuming the NFL would flex the Eagles/Cowboys game into Sunday night since it would likely pull a larger audience, but there’s something fitting about the defending Super Bowl champions both opening and closing the regular season in prime time.

  11. hjb99992013 says: Dec 16, 2013 10:07 AM

    My feelings of schadenfreude re the Cowboys again messing the bed, is off the charts right now

    Seeing the Cowboys implode like this every year is such a guilty pleasure

  12. joetoronto says: Dec 16, 2013 10:08 AM

    The Cowboy fan base is delusional, as delusional as Jerrah Jones.

  13. wishingtonredslur says: Dec 16, 2013 10:08 AM

    I can’t believe I’m rooting for the Eagles, I feel so dirty, worse still I’m rooting for the Week 16 Redskins. I don’t think there is a medication for this.

  14. nj22 says: Dec 16, 2013 10:09 AM

    Week 17 will be irrelevant for Dallas. Philly will beat the Bears and there is No Way the Skins are going to let the chance to crush the Cowboys playoff hopes slip through their fingers. This will be the Skins superbowl next week.

  15. kastout11 says: Dec 16, 2013 10:10 AM

    The defense gave up 5 touchdowns on 5 possessions in the second half to a backup qb, who has been released by 3 teams in the last 2 years. How about blaming those who deserve the blame. Yes, Romo threw 2 terrible passes, but how about a little blame to the defense. They will be lucky to win any of their last 2 games. Cousins looked good yesterday and Philly, although they looked bad yesterday, will beat them handily.

  16. kmartin173 says: Dec 16, 2013 10:10 AM

    Yeah, that’s just what you want. Another all-or-nothing final game with Romo as your QB.

  17. paulz624 says: Dec 16, 2013 10:10 AM

    Jerry Jones knows he can fire Kippen cause he knows hell be destroyed but, now he has the perfect excuse to fire Garrett, he fired him Kippen n the whole staff goes, he has to do it, theirs no way he can go into next year with this staff.

  18. seabrawk12 says: Dec 16, 2013 10:10 AM

    The Cowboys don’t have a glass. They have a sippy cup.

  19. mcmccii says: Dec 16, 2013 10:13 AM

    So wait. the Cowboys would have to win 2 divisional games in a row in December, one of them being their annual meltdown @ Philly?
    Yeah, that’s likely to happen. I wouldn’t be purchasing playoff tickets if i’m a Cow fan.

  20. hscorpio says: Dec 16, 2013 10:14 AM

    It is not so much how if affects the standings as the effect on the heads in the locker room. I saw on twitter Dallas was 46-0 all-time when up 20 at half. make that 46-1 now. The star QB threw 2 back breaking late picks. The defense lived up to their worst in the NFL billing. The coaches ignored a successful ground game in the 2nd half, then threw their QB under to bus in the face of legitimate criticism for their own failure.

    It’s just a hot mess in Allas.

  21. America's Team is God's Team says: Dec 16, 2013 10:15 AM

    joetoronto says:
    Dec 16, 2013 10:08 AM
    The Cowboy fan base is delusional, as delusional as Jerrah Jones.
    …………………….
    And the Toronto fan base is….oh wait, that’s right. You dont and never will have a team.

    #Americashat #Americanwannabes

  22. shatho1 says: Dec 16, 2013 10:19 AM

    paulz624 December 16, 2013, 9:10 AM CST

    Jerry Jones knows he can fire Kippen cause he knows hell be destroyed but, now he has the perfect excuse to fire Garrett, he fired him Kippen n the whole staff goes, he has to do it, theirs no way he can go into next year with this staff.

    he’ll finish out the season with who he has and the off season may(notice that may is the key word here) bring changes to the coaching staff. I for one won’t believe it til I see it.

  23. tvjules says: Dec 16, 2013 10:19 AM

    The glass is half-full of barium — the liquid everyone must drink before a colonoscopy.

  24. richndc says: Dec 16, 2013 10:21 AM

    Media to Garrett: “Why did you attempt only 7 runs in the 2nd half after your run game was totally dominant in the 1st half (setting a new all time Cowboy record for total yardage in the 1st half). Garrett: “Because it was working. Geez. Don’t you idiots know anything? We had the run game working, so we needed to get the passing game going. I learned that from David Shula when he was OC for the Cowboys.” David Shula, ………david shula……..david shula………..–as a Cowboys fan, I can only assume this is just a very realistic nightmare I am having.

  25. jimmysee says: Dec 16, 2013 10:23 AM

    Attention: ESPN.

    It’s only an “epic tragedy” if you’re a Cowboys fan.

    Not if you’re a Packers fan.

  26. nesportsfan0428 says: Dec 16, 2013 10:23 AM

    Hey, Murray is averages 6.5 yards a carry? Better throw the ball about 40 times for no reason.

  27. jgedgar70 says: Dec 16, 2013 10:25 AM

    southpaw2k says:
    Dec 16, 2013 10:05 AM
    Interesting possible dilemma….

    What if both the Ravens/Bengals game and Eagles/Cowboys game in Week 17 decide who wins their respective divisions?

    I’m assuming the NFL would flex the Eagles/Cowboys game into Sunday night since it would likely pull a larger audience, but there’s something fitting about the defending Super Bowl champions both opening and closing the regular season in prime time.
    _____
    If I have my facts straight, the NFL has to make flex decisions at least 14 days in advance, so changing the SNF game for 12/29 would have to have been made by yesterday. Given the way Dallas is playing – this month and several Decembers in a row – I think the league made the right call in leaving the Ravens game in prime time.

  28. janvanflac says: Dec 16, 2013 10:26 AM

    The Eagles, after 5 straight wins were due for a letdown. But there is no excuse for the turd that the Cowboys left in their stadium yesterday. I wouldn’t be shocked if the Indigenous People beat them next week.

  29. seahawkhuskyfan says: Dec 16, 2013 10:29 AM

    Why can’t the cowboys fans just come out and blame Romo. Just blame him for the loss, don’t make excuses. It was #9 who cost us the game, period. Maybe then they could move on. It is like Romo has dirty pictures of every cowboys fan in the country. The guy isn’t perfect. He cost you the game and several games in the past also. Accept it and move on, quit making excuses for him

  30. trollhammer20 says: Dec 16, 2013 10:30 AM

    There are now three standards for poor QB play.

    1) Jeff George bad.
    2) Ryan Leaf bad.
    3) Tony Romo in December bad.

  31. eaglesfanalways says: Dec 16, 2013 10:31 AM

    Paying Romo as a franchise QB is what old, senile GMs do…

  32. sarkodrama says: Dec 16, 2013 10:34 AM

    Too much Texas Koolade in that sippy cup. Time for some painkillin Texas Titos jet fuel. To kill the pain. It’s ridiculous. As a long time in the closet Cowboy fan, I’m stayin in!

  33. chut26 says: Dec 16, 2013 10:35 AM

    If I have my facts straight, the NFL has to make flex decisions at least 14 days in advance, so changing the SNF game for 12/29 would have to have been made by yesterday. Given the way Dallas is playing – this month and several Decembers in a row – I think the league made the right call in leaving the Ravens game in prime time.

    =================================

    The final game of the season only needs 6 days notice. All other ones need 14 days.

  34. isitheshoes says: Dec 16, 2013 10:38 AM

    In the words of Rick Pitino, “Troy Aikman is not walking through that door, fans. Michael Irvin is not walking through that door, and Emmitt Smith is not walking through that door.”

  35. athwartships says: Dec 16, 2013 10:42 AM

    To all those who piled on the thumbs down 2 weeks ago on my post about them going from 7-5 to 7-7…..

    Hahahahahahahahahaha

  36. yvesracine says: Dec 16, 2013 10:42 AM

    Romo’s fault…not so much. Cowboy fans know that Romo will be Romo. But the blame for that horrific loss against the Pack falls directly on the coaching staff/front office. You cant have idiots running this great franchise. I think all Cowboy fans were screaming “run the ball!!” You cant tell me Jerrah is a true Cowboy fan?? Please Jerrah be a smart owner, let the professionals run this team!!

  37. 23rdusernameused says: Dec 16, 2013 10:45 AM

    glass is BROKEN!!!

  38. hscorpio says: Dec 16, 2013 10:46 AM

    kastout11 says: Dec 16, 2013 10:10 AM

    The defense gave up 5 touchdowns on 5 possessions in the second half to a backup qb, who has been released by 3 teams in the last 2 years. How about blaming those who deserve the blame. Yes, Romo threw 2 terrible passes, but how about a little blame to the defense. They will be lucky to win any of their last 2 games. Cousins looked good yesterday and Philly, although they looked bad yesterday, will beat them handily.
    ============

    This is what is called a “false choice”. Without Romo tossing those picks AND the defense rolling over like a cheap hooker, the Cowboys win. Both conditions were necessary to complete the melt down. Therefore, both share the blame and neither take it exclusively.

    BTW..Add in the coaching staff abandoning the ground game in the 2nd half to the blame game.

  39. America's Team is God's Team says: Dec 16, 2013 10:46 AM

    seahawkhuskyfan says:
    Dec 16, 2013 10:29 AM
    Why can’t the cowboys fans just come out and blame Romo. Just blame him for the loss, don’t make excuses. It was #9 who cost us the game, period. Maybe then they could move on. It is like Romo has dirty pictures of every cowboys fan in the country. The guy isn’t perfect. He cost you the game and several games in the past also. Accept it and move on, quit making excuses for him
    ………………………….
    I blame Romo.

    While he cannot get the whole blame- because the coaching staff certainly deserves their share- he absolutely deserves blame. Despite all the coaching shortcomings, defensive shortcomings, he was in a position to run the clock out, and he threw a pick. He then was in a position to win his team the game, and he threw a pick.

    Talk about miscommunications all you want, he still made poor throws. And honestly, every time he throws a bad pick its blamed on “miscommunications” and excuses are made. You know what? If he was truly a good QB hed fix that blemish in his game so that untimely miscommunications wouldnt happebn.

    Romo is a joke. Maybe I’m the only Cowboys fan willing to admit it, but I will proudly say it: he’s not a winner, and he never will be.

  40. dadawg77 says: Dec 16, 2013 10:46 AM

    After the Lions lose tonight, the last game will be Bears vs Packers for the NFC North. Week 17 choice is made the week of so the game will have playoff implications and not subject to the 14 day rule.

  41. thatswhatimsayin says: Dec 16, 2013 10:50 AM

    Not one story outside of maybe Green Bay that is crediting the Packers for a comeback. All the talk is about how bad the Cowboys are and how bad they choke in December. Can’t anyone please acknowledge the fact Matt Flynn is Packer Hall Of Famer? Stop the world, I want to get off

  42. 4greatestvikingever says: Dec 16, 2013 10:52 AM

    He really thru 3 picks if Williams had gotten his hands under the ball.

  43. indytom87 says: Dec 16, 2013 10:56 AM

    “Jerry Jones: There’s nobody I’d rather have than Monte Kiffin”

  44. tinbender2000 says: Dec 16, 2013 10:58 AM

    America’s Team is God’s Team says: Dec 16, 2013 10:15 AM

    joetoronto says:
    Dec 16, 2013 10:08 AM
    The Cowboy fan base is delusional, as delusional as Jerrah Jones.
    …………………….
    And the Toronto fan base is….oh wait, that’s right. You dont and never will have a team.

    #Americashat #Americanwannabes

    If by “Team” you mean the “Cowboys” then score one for Toronto.

  45. raaz227httr says: Dec 16, 2013 11:00 AM

    Kirk Cousins will end their season Sunday!

  46. ericn42000 says: Dec 16, 2013 11:08 AM

    MIKE ZIMMER!! MIKE ZIMMER!!MIKE ZIMMER!!!

  47. averagjoe says: Dec 16, 2013 11:10 AM

    Half full? It’s more like half empty, and rapidly emptying.. a couple more weeks and it will be even emptier without the head coach…

  48. wabbitslayer says: Dec 16, 2013 11:13 AM

    Never mind the score of the Dallas/Philly game, what’s the over/under on how much time will be left when Dez Bryant walks out?

  49. birdbrainsnj says: Dec 16, 2013 11:13 AM

    Birds win in Philly, cousins shreds Dallas d at home. Week 17 meaningless.

  50. Bob Loblaw says: Dec 16, 2013 11:14 AM

    How exactly are the Cowboys supposed to stop the Eagles offense when they can’t even stop the freaking Matt Flynn-led Packers from throwing up 5 TDs in the second half??? And the Packers offense isn’t as good as the Eagles offense??? No, the point was that Dallas had to win this one and beat the Skins and hope for a miracle in the Eagles vs Vikings and Bears. Miracle part 1 happened and they choked against the Bears. However, Dallas choked even worse and they pissed away the division.

    A snowball has a far better chance passing through hell than the Cowboys do of actually beating the Eagles that last game. Unless of course the Cowboys lose to the Skins and the Eagles beat the Bears. Then, when it is meaningless, the Cowboys may get the win, end up 8-8 again, and Jerry can have an excuse not to fire the worst coach in football yet again.

  51. cowpiesnotcowboys says: Dec 16, 2013 11:36 AM

    It is going to be so sweet when Allas loses to Philly in week 17, giving them their third season in a row losing a week 17 “win and you’re in” game, one to each of their NFC Least rivals.

  52. realitypolice says: Dec 16, 2013 11:43 AM

    southpaw2k says:
    Dec 16, 2013 10:05 AM
    Interesting possible dilemma….

    What if both the Ravens/Bengals game and Eagles/Cowboys game in Week 17 decide who wins their respective divisions?
    =======

    It should be an interesting dilemma, but it won’t be for the league. If the league was allowed to, they would probably find an excuse to have the Cowboys play in prime time 16 times. They are the largest national draw. And no, I am not a fan.

    One thing you can pretty much write in ink about that game right now:

    You won’t be seeing much of either team’s punter.

  53. mkat33 says: Dec 16, 2013 11:59 AM

    nesportsfan0428 says:
    Dec 16, 2013 10:23 AM
    Hey, Murray is averages 6.5 yards a carry? Better throw the ball about 40 times for no reason.

    ————————————————–

    He was channeling his inner Andy Reid.

  54. deenice810 says: Dec 16, 2013 12:00 PM

    Half full of cyanide.

  55. trollaikman8 says: Dec 16, 2013 12:01 PM

    That’s the problem with having a so-called genius offensive coordinator coach. Always trying to out scheme and audible out of victory.

    Garrett: “Hmm….conventional wisdom says we should run the ball and close out this game 29-10….but running the ball is exactly what GB expects us to do….we will outsmart them by passing 40x !”

  56. sidepull says: Dec 16, 2013 12:03 PM

    Very funny, all the smack talking. Reality is none of the teams in the NFC East are worthy of vying for a Lombardi. Its a travesty that they even are given a shot when there are better teams, in better divisions, that are not getting a shot. Life aint fair eh?

  57. hawkwind8 says: Dec 16, 2013 12:13 PM

    The boys will be out of the running after next weekend.
    I can’t believe that so many boys fans think they only need to beat the iggles in week 17.

    There are a thousand reasons why the skins will play their best game of the year this week. It is just the alixer they need to keep the fans from switching to baseball in the offseason. I am not saying its impossible the boys will win, but I promise you they will lose if they are looking forward to week 17.

    Did you see Cousins play Sunday? I hope the Skins are 9 point dogs because I want to get some of that texas money.

  58. whyamiacowboysfanagain says: Dec 16, 2013 12:22 PM

    trollaikman8 says:
    Dec 16, 2013 12:01 PM
    That’s the problem with having a so-called genius offensive coordinator coach. Always trying to out scheme and audible out of victory.

    Garrett: “Hmm….conventional wisdom says we should run the ball and close out this game 29-10….but running the ball is exactly what GB expects us to do….we will outsmart them by passing 40x !”
    ************************************************
    this one made me laugh out loud!

  59. 4greatestvikingever says: Dec 16, 2013 12:28 PM

    Look out Cowboys are gonna be moving to LA or London!!!!!

  60. stoptrippn says: Dec 16, 2013 12:33 PM

    The worst safeties in the league. There are so many other safeties other teams are hiding on depth charts. GO GET THEM JERRY

  61. coltzfan166 says: Dec 16, 2013 12:47 PM

    It won’t matter if the Lions win out.

  62. backdapack4evr says: Dec 16, 2013 12:53 PM

    At the end of the day this is on the coach.
    Romo didn’t call all the pass plays in the second half.
    Ever hear of clock management?

  63. kmartin173 says: Dec 16, 2013 12:58 PM

    “Did you see Cousins play Sunday? I hope the Skins are 9 point dogs because I want to get some of that texas money.”

    ——————————————

    They lost to a 3-10 team and you’re talking smack? Good luck with that.

  64. southpaw79 says: Dec 16, 2013 1:08 PM

    Of course the glass is only half full, The Cowboys figured they were done once the glass got to the half way point.

  65. granadafan says: Dec 16, 2013 1:46 PM

    Not a Cowgirls fan, but you should blame Kiffin and the defense for blowing lead against a QB who was cut twice in one season.

  66. sactogary says: Dec 16, 2013 2:03 PM

    Everyone’s focused on the Cowboys “collapse,” but you must give credit to the awesome Matt Flynn. Someone needs to scoop him up in the off-season and give him Franchise QB money.

    Wait, what’s everyone laughing about?

  67. hawkwind8 says: Dec 16, 2013 6:07 PM

    kmartin173 says:
    Dec 16, 2013 12:58 PM
    ——————————————

    They lost to a 3-10 team and you’re talking smack? Good luck with that.

    Not talking smack. Cousins threw for nearly 400 yards and three touchdowns in his first start off the bench. You must realize that it really isn’t that difficult to beat the boys! The Skins, as screwed up as they are this year, WILL be ready this weekend. All they have left is wrecking the Boys season. Skins 28 boys 20.

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