I just like reading these every week...
| Mickey Spagnola
November 30, 2007 5:30 PM
Lenny White, Union, N.J.: I was just reading various articles about the Cowboys-Packers game, and I just have one question: Where's the love? Instead of giving us the respect we should have, the media keeps harping on the fact that the Packers weren't at full strength due to KGB and Charles Woodson not being in the lineup. Whatever happened to no excuses? We beat these guys fair and square and they get all the excuses in the world on why they lost.
Mickey: Hey, here is all that matters: 11-1, first place in the NFC and NFC East, playoff spot clinched and one win or a Giants loss from clinching the division. While I think it's legit to point out the Packers were missing two of their better defensive players, that's just part of the game. No team stays healthy for an entire season. Just ignore that stuff. With the exception of two defensive plays and dropping a touchdown for an end-zone interception, the Cowboys were mighty dominating.
Michael Wilson, Virginia Beach, Va.: So from all the media coverage, I guess it's safe to a.ssume the Packers are the first team to play this year with two players out with injuries? Thank goodness the Cowboys have had a healthy Terence Newman and Anthony Henry all year, and that Greg Ellis and Jason Ferguson have played every snap is truly a blessing. Hope all these excuses help the Cheeseheads sleep better this week.
Mickey: Not to mention not having Terry Glenn all season, about the equivalent of the Packers not having Greg Jennings. That stuff all sounds good and, well, needs to be pointed out, but at the end of the day, when you look at the standings, they don't put an asterisk next to the 11 after the Cowboys name. Just the way it's been and will always be. Just smile and go on to the next game.
Bobby Evans, Comanche, Texas: Please tell me now that we have a guaranteed playoff spot and are close to wrapping up the NFC East that we will not be resting on our laurels? I will be disappointed if we sit our starters the last two weeks and don't shoot for 15-1.
Mickey: Whoa there, cowboy. There still is much to play for, even if the Giants should lose to the Bears on Sunday, which would clinch the NFC East title for the Cowboys. Getting that first-round bye is important. So is hanging on to home-field advantage. While the Cowboys took a significant step toward accomplishing those goals, they will have not taken the final step. No resting on the laurels quite yet.
David Soden, Woodbridge, Va.: Yes we won the game, knocked out Favre and we're 11-1 and in the driver's seat for home-field advantage. But. . . . we did not put them away! It just seems that we lack that k!ller instinct that Super Bowl teams need. Are we having too much fun instead of having a workman's mentality? I'm so glad we won and we'll take the win but if we play and coach like this in the playoffs . . . we will choke! That would be such a shame because our team has so much potential this year.
Mickey: Too much fun? You're serious? Were the Packers not the co-best team in the NFC coming into this game? I mean, it's not like they were the 2-8 Jets playing on Thanksgiving. Sure you would have liked to put that game away when up 27-10. But things happen in a game. What you should focus on is how well the Cowboys played under pressure when the lead shrunk to 27-24. They responded, not only on offense, scoring another 10 points, but also on defense. Let's see, that's now nine double-digit victories in 12 games. Thou should not scoff.
Keith Pettiford, New Castle, Del.: How come Dallas does not have the k!ller instinct? Brett Favre is hurt. You are up 27-10. This is the time to put your foot on your neck. Instead, Wade Phillips and the 'Boys self-destruct. I'm a Dallas fan but they will not make the Super Bowl. They don't want it. Here's a chance to win the division, get a few extra days off, get a game up on Green Bay and force the Giants, Eagles, Lions and Washington to win this week. disgusting.
Mickey: In all fairness, it should be noted this e-mail came in Thursday night about 9:40, so about the time the Cowboys were f!ghting to stay in the lead. Look, I know you guys all want perfection, but let's not forget where this franchise has been since 1995. The Cowboys now have the most wins in a single season since 1995 and are on the verge of clinching their first division title since 1998. Why all the angst? Enjoy the ride. You know, it's not like the Cowboys are entitled here.
Dave Johnson, Hazlent, N.J.: I'd like to hear from all of those people who criticized Romo this off-season for going to beauty pageants and stuff, all complaining that he should be getting ready for the season. Think he's ready now?
Mickey: Yeah, pretty funny. Seems as though every corner Romo turns, danger lurks in the minds of some people. It's like all these worries about who he's dating, where he spends his off-weekend, negotiating a contract, playing his boyhood idol, a bobbled snap. On and on and on. Yet, all I see is 11-1 and a sixth 300-yard passing performance this season, doubling what any Cowboys quarterback has thrown in a single season. Hmmm, wonder if he is ready?
Mike Screen, Buffalo, N.Y.: I understand the rotation with Julius Jones, but why do you run Julius instead of Marion Barber in that fourth-down situation?
Mickey: You know, it was not so much that the Cowboys ran Jones on that fourth-and-really-2 play, but where they ran him. Jones is much better slashing off tackle or getting to the outside than running the straight dive play. But just know that wasn't fourth-and-1.
Charlie Gibbard, Fort Myers, Fla.: How about a little love for the offensive line? A game ball or something? I haven't heard any of the "experts" mention them. Did you see the time Romo had in a perfect pocket?
Mickey: Yep, sure did. No sacks. As we pointed out in a note after the game, quarterbacks can't pick apart zone coverages the way Romo did that second half without being able to survey the field. Go ask Brett Favre. The "experts" here sure understand the offensive line's value.
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Not to hate on another Cowboy fan but, wtf are some of the girls crying for, because we are not running up the score like the patriots? It's now about how many points you put up on the board it all about the "W". When you run the score teams get mad and the opponent plays to hurt instead to win. Ex: C.P. last year with the steelers.
HOW 'BOUT THEM COWBOYS