By mark rogers
December 6, 2008

The Dallas Cowboys are on the brink of one of the toughest and most important four game stretches in the history of the franchise.

Sitting at 8-4 and on the bubble in the playoff race, the Cowboys have to win at least three of the last four games to even feel good about their post-season chances.

And the Cowboys haven't won a playoff game in a long, long....long time.

Game #1 is against the Pittsburgh Steelers and the #1 ranked defense in the NFL. The Steel Curtain is first in scoring defense, total defense, rushing defense and passing defense.

They're fast, mean, smart and don't give up much to anybody.

The key matchup will be the Cowboy Offense vs. the Steeler Defense. Can Tony Romo, Terrell Owens, Roy Williams, Marion Barber, Tashard Choice, Jason Witten and Flozell Adams move the ball and score points on the best defense in the league? That's the question that must be answer "yes" if Dallas has any chance.

The three games after the Pittsburgh game are against the #2 defense in the league (Baltimore), the #3 defense (Giants) and the #7 defense (Philadelphia).

One of two things will happen...

Dallas won't be able to get into an offense rhythm in these games and will completely miss the playoffs.


The Cowboys will find their identity against quality opponents, will steamroll their way into the playoffs riding a huge wave of momentum, will win the Wild Card game on the road, gain even more confidence, win the divisional game, the conference championship and play in the ninth Super Bowl in franchise history.

It's one or the choice is the latter.

As ridiculous as it sounds now, I really believe that if Dallas makes the playoff after going through this gauntlet, they'll be battled tested and playing the best football in the league which will propel them to the Super Bowl.

And speaking of the Super Bowl, tomorrow's game is a rematch of Super Bowls 10, 13 and 30. The Cowboys are 1-2 all-time against Pittsburgh in the big game. They lost 10 and 13 by a total of eight points.

Now that I think of it...the only other Super Bowl Dallas has lost was a 16-13 loss to the Colts in Super Bowl 5. So the Cowboys are 13 points away from being 8-0 in Super Bowls...just a side note.

After this month we will have a pivotal question answered about this group of guys: are they good enough, tough enough and smart enough to get their act together and do something special?

It's a yes or no question. Four games to find out.


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rick on December 6, 2008 4:40 PM

don't forget about the defense, Mark. The Cowboy defense seems to be energized since Wade "Stay-Puffed" Phillips took over play calling from Brian Stewart. With DeMarcus Ware in striking distance of the single-season sack record, the entire defensive front applying tons of pressure and the secondary stepping things up, we may finally see a Cowboy defensive unit that can match the dominance of the offense. Now just hope Pac Man can stay out of the "scrip" clubs.

Tyrrell on December 9, 2008 11:52 AM

As much as I hate the Cowgirls - this was a tough loss this past Sunday. I think they can take some good things away from the loss - the defense played outstanding and any question about Demarcus Ware's foot should be put to rest. Now you just need Jason Witten to turn around when the ball is thrown to him. Did anyone else hear Keyshawn Johnson say that quarterbacks were selfish? You are thinking he didn't really say that - uhhh yea he did. Pretty unbelievable.

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