Kicker Dan Bailey should be in the Ring of Honor next Thursday at the latest.
In yet another .500 season that ended with a chance to win the NFC East and make the playoffs, the Cowboys lost to a division rival again, 24-22 to the Philadelphia Eagles.
The Cowboys lost three games this season by one point:
9/15 at Kansas City, L 17-16
10/27 at Detroit, L 31-30
12/15 v Green Bay, L 37-36
The Cowboys lost one game by three points:
10/6 v. Denver, L 51-48
And the Cowboys lost one game by two points:
12/29 v. Philadelphia, L 24-22
According to Elias, your Cowboys have the most losses by 2 or fewer points in a single season in NFL history with four. So they have that going for them, which is nice.
Despite an admirable effort by the Cowboys against the Eagles on Sunday night, this is what they are - pretty average. The Cowboys defeated one team with a winning record - the Eagles. Six of their eight losses are against teams that made the playoffs.
The Cowboys were never going to beat the Saints in the playoffs next week, but it would have been a tangible improvement and fun to watch.
The Cowboys' defense was as good as it had been in months, and held arguably the NFL's most dynamic offense to a reasonable figure. Rather than trying to complement backup quarterback Kyle Orton, who was making his first start in years, by relying on the running game they put it on his right arm.
Orton threw 46 passes.
DeMarco Murray ran it 17 times. Orton ran it once.
That type of "balance" works if your name is Brady or Manning or Brees, but is a sure ticket to a few bad throws if you are Orton. His season-ending interception on a slant throw to Miles Austin is on him - it was a bad throw - but the Cowboys asked Orton to do too much. They forgot he's Kyle Orton.
This is what the Cowboys continually do under Jason Garrett - hang around. Sometimes they beat the bad teams. They don't beat the good teams because they are not a good team. It's always something.
Eight and eight is about right.
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