Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Still a ways away but looking forward to the upcoming season

Well, first off, my favorite NBA team, the Utah Jazz, got knocked out in the 2nd round by the Lakers(AGAIN) so now I'm officially starting the countdown to the 2010 NFL season. The Cowboys are overdue at this point to break through. For starters, they should be almost the unanimous pick to win the NFC East. I believe that their stiffest challenge in the division will be from the retooled Washington Redskins, with Donavon McNabb coming over via trade from Philly and new head coach Mike Shanahan. The Eagles are going to regret shipping out McNabb and to a divisional rival at that. I think that Kevin Kolb in Philly will experience something similiar to what Aaron Rodgers did in 2008 with the Packers. Growing pains. And I think that the Giants had a nice run there from 2004-08. But they crashed in '09 after a 5-0 start, to finish 8-8 and miss the playoffs altogether. And not an abberation. Their offense is potentially lethal but so are the opposing teams' because the Giant's defense is a mess (they surrendered over 400 points on the year) The Cowboys, I expect, are going to be out in front in the division. And barring two upset losses to the Giants, way out in front. Somehow the Cowboys stumbled against the Giants last year, both times, should've won at least the week 2 game at home, while the Giants couldn't beat Philly. And Dallas did Philly THREE times. Philly hasn't done anything to improve their chances against Dallas this year. So all in all , I expect Dallas to win the NFC East rather handily, with the Redskins offering the stiffest challenge of the other divisional rivals. Then there's the NFC big picture. The Cowboys, had they not blown a couple of games to the Giants or that one that got away against San Diego, or the Denver game that also got away, would've had the NFC's number one seed and hosted the Vikings or Saints. Their goal this year? How about to stay home for the playoffs. No I don't mean, blow themselves up like they did at the end of 08, I mean finish with the NFC's number one seed, and be home throughout INCLUDING the Super Bowl. Super Bowl 45 is in Cowboy's Stadium. Hunger, Motivation, Experience, Talent. The Cowboys should have all of these characteristics and more. No NFL team in league history has ever hosted the Super Bowl. Now why can't the Cowboys be the first? There is no reason why not. This team is already an elite team, and just got even better via the draft. It cracks me up when I hear talk show hosts ask NFL insider people the question "Can Dallas become an elite team?" Well, three of the past four regular seasons, the Cowboys have knocked off the eventual Super Bowl Winner. In 2006, the Cowboys defeated the Colts who won it all two months later. In 2007(lest we Cowboy's Nation forget) we knocked off the hated Giants TWICE (and should've made it a hat trick in the divisional playoff mtg) Ofcourse, the Giants went on to upset Green Bay and New England to become the most unlikely Super Bowl representative(except for maybe Arizona the next yr) let alone winner. In the 2008 regular season, the Cowboys had both eventual Super Bowl representatives(Pittsburgh and Arizona) beat (and both on the r0ad) and let them both off the hook. In 2009, ofcourse, the Cowboys did the then 13-0 Saints in the Superdome. The Saints would then stumble the following wk, losing to lowly Tampa Bay and then losing their third in a row to Carolina(in the meaningless regular season finale-they rested Brees and others) Then New Orleans, still with the NFC's nunber one seed, regrouped to beat Arizona and Minnesota at home and then shockingly beating the Colts in the Super Bowl. Were the Saints the best team in the NFL? Probably not. The luckiest? Perhaps. Was it their time though? Yeah, that's the best explanation that I can make of it. Will they repeat? NO WAY. They won't have an easy schedule like they did in 09. Yeah they played New England and Dallas but both were at home and they lost to Dallas. They won't sneak up on anyone. They won't get lucky in a few like they did either. The Cowboys, meanwhile, are a seasoned group, who figured out how to play as a team. Romo is an the undisputed leader. He finally has A playoff win at least. And they figured out that Wade Phillips is their coach FOR NOW at least. They have talent on both sides. If the defense doesn't take a few wks to get in a groove like it took them last year, look the hell out. And the Super Bowl is in their house. Hunger, Motivation with experience and talent to go along with it. Well, it's only May. We have about 17 weeks to go before the regular season kicks off. That's how long a regular season lasts(with every team's bye wk factored in)

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