I sat comfortably with Fred Schwartz yesterday in his home and watched the Cowboys-Giants contest. I thought the improvement of third down conversions [Dallas converted on 54% of 3rd downs last night.–F.S.] would catapult America’s Team to victory. Boy was I wrong and now Dallas is in a potential death spiral because of a massive risk taken by Jerry Jones on defensive lineman Greg Hardy.
After a 100 yard kickoff return for a touchdown by NY Giants Dwayne Harris, Hardy took Special Teams Assistant Coach Rich Biscaccia to task to the point of shoving him. Hardy also was seen arguing with injured Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant. This is the sort of thing that was potentially destructive to a team already beleaguered with injuries and now mired in a four game losing streak.
Now in a week where they should be preparing for a resurgent Seattle Seahawks team, who will have ten days rest, which looks more like their old selves, the Cowboys have to deal with a cancer in their midst. A player, as Herman Edwards said a few minutes to ESPN’s Chris Mckendry, “Should never insert himself in a huddle with a coach,” referring to Bisaccia talking to his kick coverage team. While it’s not the end for the Cowboys after six games, their schedule doesn’t set up for them to win more than seven of than remaining ten games. As it stands now odds makers here have the Cowboys losing to the Seahawks, Dolphins, Panthers, Packers,and Jets out of their remaining ten games. With both divisional foes the Redskins and the Eagles playing up and down the three games remaining with those two teams are tossups. SanJeans here has the Cowboys to finish the season 6-10 which would be a disaster; I still have them coming in at 8-8 with a slim chance of making the playoffs. SanJeans currently has the Seahawks as a 4.5 point favorite this weekend if Bryant does not play and evens if he does.
Qu’ul cuda praedex nihil!
Diane Valencen, D.S.V.J., CS, O.Q.H [Journ.], ArF J., M.F.
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