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Nice Win, but Don't Eat the (Philadelphia Cream) Cheese, Cowboys Fans

I will resist the temptation to open with criticism after a win - but I'll get back to that.

Winning a road game against a division opponent, with the season's last dwindling ray of hope on the line, is a really good thing. The Cowboys closed out a tough stretch with a win. I feel good about it. Let's look at a few specific players and positions:

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Why are the Dallas Cowboys getting worse?

This is not intended as a call for firing the Head Coach, but you'll be forgiven for reading it that way.

There are certain things we can examine from week to week and game to game, and assign most of the blame to specific individuals for the losses or most of the credit for the wins. But everybody can have a bad (or good) week. What I'm concerned about here is the long term trend.

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If only Dallas could play the Cowboys every week - it's the only team they consistently beat

In case you were not keeping score at home, Dallas had 28 first downs against the Giants' 11. Dallas won time of possession by almost five minutes and outgained New York by 141 yards. The Giants had more penalties and penalty yards.

Then again:

1. "Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how was the play?"
2. "Outside of the murders, the crime rate in DC is really low."
3. "Except for the 6 turnovers, the Cowboys played really well."

This game went 23-0 Giants; 24-0 Cowboys; 6-0 Giants. The only unit not at fault is the defense, and even they were very good, but not great.

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Cowboys try to beat themselves again - mistakenly beat Panthers

When the Dallas Cowboys have their minds set on beating themselves, they are tough to ... beat? But today, with a little perseverance, a few breaks, and an opponent with problems of their own, Dallas came out on top, despite their now-expected failure to score.

It was a win, so I don't want to re-hash everything that went wrong, but I do want to point out a few specific times when key players left points on the field.

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Cowboys' mental mistakes are not a bug - they're a feature

I returned from a long couple weeks of travel last night, and, masochist that I am, I finally watched my recording of the game. How incredibly frustrating to see the team do so many good things, but still manage to sabotage themselves with so many bad things.

Think about this: Dallas held the ball for over 40 minutes, went 8 of 15 on third down, 2 for 2 on 4th down, put up 481 yards - 227 of them rushing and only punted once. Yet they screwed up enough to reverse all of that, because make no mistake about it: the Cowboys beat themselves on Sunday.

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