Because it is such a nice and mild day here in the greater Fort Worth-Dallas area, despite the Cowboy's wretched performance in Seattle on Sunday there is always a reason for hope. I think. Maybe not. Let's try it and see how it fits ...
1. The Cowboys reflect the entire league. As stated below, the Cowboys are one of just the vast majority that is 1-1 at the moment. Can they just separate themselves even a little bit to look like a team that deserves to be and is capable of being anything other than 8-8 or 9-7? The line between 8-8 and 10-6 nearly non-existent.
2. The real regular season does not begin until October. The real preseason for a team's top 22 players is September, and so far the Cowboys have been erratic.
3. There is no way this penalty trend can continue. Can it? The Cowboys have committed 18 penalties this season for 168 yards. Couple that with a minus-2 turnover margin and this team is doomed. No way this continues. If it does, it's draft talk on November 1.
4. There is talent and there are players on this team. Out-playing the Giants in New York in the season opener can't be classified as some fluke, or a Giant mistake. The Cowboys were the better team, and displayed a varying degree of good qualities that night.
They are good enough parts to be a competitive team throughout the season. They have a pair of home games coming up and, this is a big if, if they can win at home they will be fine.
5. No major injuries.
This meaning no one among the lot of Tony Romo, DeMarco Murray, Dez Bryan, Tyron Smith and the rest of the major contributors is out. Yes, I know Mike Jenkins and Jay Ratliff have been out and the safeties may be out for the game on Sunday against the Bucs. Ratliff is the priority.
If the key guys remain clean the Cowboys should be in every game. Of course, they were clean in Seattle and that worked out well.
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