Some games define a season for a team. Monday night’s game between Buffalo and Dallas may define the 2007 season for both teams. For the Bills, it clearly marks them as a snake bitten team that will snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. For the Cowboys, it defines them as a charmed team that may be a bit luckier than they are good at this stage of the season.
Still, Monday night’s game between these two teams will be one for the classic highlight reel. If you are a Cowboy fan like I am, you suffered through Tony Romo’s five interceptions just in time to see the kid quarterback muster up enough moxie to put together a final drive in which he completed 9 out of 11 passes. Then, even after Terrell Owens was striped of the ball during a two-point conversion attempt, and Dallas’ chances hinged on a recovered on-side kick, you got to see the young signal caller calmly get the Cowboys into field goal range to take a shot at the winning kick. From there, the Cowboy’s rookie kicker Nick Folk iced the game with two 53 yard field goals. Why two? Because the Bill’s managed to call a timeout right before the Folk got his first kick off. No problem. Even with a capacity crowd cheering on the home town team Bills, Folk duplicated his first effort and sent Dallas home with a 5-0 record.
With New England next on their schedule, some people might point to this game and say that the Cowboys are overrated and will not stand a chance against the powerful Patriots. They might point out that their undefeated record and gaudy offensive numbers have come against soft opponents. Though there may be some truth to that, you also have to admit that this team shows character, and that they found a way to win even on their worst possible night. While it is true that any team can win a game on any given Sunday, the good teams are those that find a way to win a game on their worst possible Sunday, or Monday night as the case may be. So color the Cowboys a good team for now. Yet does this win make the Cowboys ready for the Patriots? Can Dallas really compete against arguably the best team in the league right now? The short answer is, ï¿½ï¿½”šï¿½ï¿½”not if they play like this again.ï¿½ï¿½”šï¿½ï¿½ The Patriots will not let a game like this slip from their grasp, and Dallas is going to need good execution along with their moxie and luck. Hopefully Romo can continue to add more wins onto the 11-4 record he has as a starter, and America’s team is able to learn from this game and move on. With a bit more luck on their side, the game against the Patriots will be a sneak preview to this year’s Super Bowl. As a Cowboy fan, I can only hope. But for now, I am basking in the sunlight of a nail biting victory. This team is charmed, let me enjoy it while I can. I will worry about the Patriots tomorrow.