4. Somehow, the Cowboys are 4-1
Don’t look now, but the Dallas Cowboys have somehow won four-straight and look like an actual football team for the first time in years. After an embarrassing Week 1 loss to the 49ers, the Cowboys have taken down the Titans, Rams, Saints and Texans, and in the process, DeMarco Murray has suddenly become the NFL’s best running back.
Murray is the league’s leading rusher with 670 yards, and he also leads in attempts (130), yards per game (134.0), rushing touchdowns (five), and is averaging 5.2 yards per carry. He has broken 100 yards in each game and has added 15 receptions for 124 yards. Clearly head coach Jason Garrett has figured out the formula to winning in Dallas: get the ball out of Tony Romo’s hands.
Meanwhile, Dez Bryant has 32 receptions for 376 yards, and has also scored four touchdowns. His 44 career receiving touchdowns make him the all-time leader among wideouts who have punched their mothers in the face.
While the current winning streak has been nice for Garrett, it reeks of a run that convinces Jerry Jones to sign him to a contract extension, right before the playoff rug gets pulled out from under the 71-year-old owner and he crashes to the 8-8 floor.
Dallas has all the makings of a team teetering and ready to fall from its perch. The passing offense ranks 16th in the league (238.2 yards per game), and the Cowboys also rank 21st in total defense (allowing 369.8 yards per game), 18th in passing defense (247.8 yards per game) and 20th in rushing defense (122.0 yards per game).
On top of that, Dallas has to go to Seattle this week and face the 12th man. Like cheap bourbon, the Seahawks are the kind of matchup that could leave the Cowboys with a massive hangover that lasts weeks. Dallas hosts the Giants and Washington in consecutive games after its trip to the Pacific Northwest.
Things currently look rosy in Irving, Texas, but the next few games could change things considerably.