The Dallas Cowboys made it to the Divisional Round only to see their season end against the Los Angeles Rams, finishing with a 10-6 record and champions of the NFC East.
Despite the demands of some fans and media analysts that believe it is time for head coach Jason Garrett to go (including myself), there is someone who could take the offensive play calling to a whole different level. That someone is former Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo.
Romo was ousted out of his job as signal caller in Dallas after an injury in preseason paved the way for then rookie, Dak Prescott to earn the coveted job. After a spectacular rookie season in 2016 and a 13-3 record, Romo knew his time in Dallas was over. He was even seen on the sideline of the final game saying, “Wow, it is his time.”
What a season! Who would have thought with the start that the New York Giants had they could even be having thoughts of a playoff run. But, believe it or not, there is still hope. Very slim, but hope.
It seems as though after the bye week the Giants have started to find themselves. In the past 3 weeks, the Giants have had a close loss against the Philadelphia Eagles, and two good wins, one against the Chicago Bears and the latest impressive win against the Washington Redskins. The Giants have improved their record to 4-1 after the bye.
Now, if the beating they gave Washington was a glimpse of what might be if given the chance to enter the playoff season, the Giants may be in good shape. Unfortunately, it isn’t that simple.
The Seattle Seahawks had a lot of what could have been distractions the days prior to their week 3 game against the Dallas Cowboys. However, once on the field, they were completely focused and ready to get their first win.
To be totally honest, I waited a little longer than normal to write this article. In fact, this is the second time in a week I’ve paused my writing “just in case”. That “just in case” would be Seahawks safety Earl Thomas.
It has been well documented that Thomas is unhappy with his contract, including a holdout during the preseason. However once he arrived at the facility, ready to play week 1, most fans thought that would be the end of the drama. How little did we know.
My father passed away on October 25th, 2016. That’s a date I will never forget. He was a Cowboys fan and we used to spend Sundays together, religiously watching as many football games as we could handle in a single day and with a single screen. When I discovered football and the NFL, seven years ago, he was a bit surprised but happy to tag along for that ride.
He had watched the game before when my older brother was a kid, and both the Dallas Cowboys and the Miami Dolphins were huge in Mexico. Now, he would listen to every story I told about the Green Bay Packers. He would care about the statistics, the changing rules, the name of every wide receiver, cornerback and backup quarterback that I mentioned. He would look around and try to buy for me any piece of Packers merch he could find in Mexico City stores. Scarves, tumbler cups, action figures, plushies, gloves too large for my own hands.
Then he got sick, went to the hospital, and died. And I almost quit football.
There was an article circling around on social media that I didn’t even bother to read because the title itself was ridiculous. It was something along the lines of the players not sure why Eagles fans would have any doubts about the team’s chances in the playoffs. It’s ridiculous, to me at least, that the players had to respond back to the criticism from the fans.
Players constantly read the negative articles, tweets, and posts from analysts, but having to respond to the fans because of the doubts that have been loudly expressed is kind of insulting. It doesn’t show the appreciation for the hard work this team has put in as a whole.
Right before kickoff I quickly listed a few things that I hoped the Seahawks would give to all their fans for Christmas. My list included:
1. Stop the run.
2. Wide receiver Doug Baldwin and tight end Jimmy Graham with quality and successful targets.
3. A clean game for guard Germain Ifedi.
4. A run game of our own.
5. A touchdown on our first offensive possession.
For some reason, I found this article hard to write. I couldn’t write it after Sunday night’s game against the Cowboys because I was on an emotional high and I refused to think logically. I skipped on my usual weekly game recap. I also wanted to write an article about how, based on Eagles’ history, going 9-1 equals a trip to the Super Bowl. Of course, that’s difficult to prove so I couldn’t write about that either.
Then, I thought about writing an article describing how proud I am of my team because, you know, I haven’t talked about that enough. Buutt…I wasn’t able to find the right words to fully express my feelings so I nixed that idea.
While watching the Green Bay Packers and the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, I was already thinking about writing my weekly article, and the title for this piece that kept coming back to me was “We’re Better Than This.” It was frustrating to watch the Packers and Cowboys trade the lead over and over, knowing that the Packers should have a larger lead.
It seemed like kicker Mason Crosby’s two missed field goals would make the difference between a win and a loss and it hurt thinking that this game might come down to two simple points. In all the years in the league, Crosby has never missed two extra points in a row. At the same time, this might be the first game in years where I wasn’t nervous during the times Green Bay was down.
On the last Thursday Night Football Game in September, we saw a dominant game by quarterback Aaron Rodgers and all the crew.
Rodgers has said that he’s very proud of the team during an interview and he should be. The offensive production has increased which means that Rodgers is accurate and his receivers are confident on the field. In other words, the offense is ready, willing and able to make it happen. Of course Rodgers and company work very hard on during the off and regular season, week in and week out. Since they work so hard, they’re a well oiled machine. It’s hard to fail when you are a well oiled machine.