ARLINGTON — That the Dallas Cowboys discussed end-zone celebrations earlier in the week before Thursday’s 28-20 win against the New York Giants speaks volumes about how good this team is feeling.
The mole fest that set households across the country on fire as people sat down to enjoy a slice of sweet potato pie only got the go-ahead if the Cowboys were leading by two touchdowns.
Imagine thinking you’re going up by two touchdowns against a division rival with the same identical 7-3 record as you and allowing four relatively obscure tight ends to plan a celebration beforehand. That’s proof enough that the Cowboys are doing well.
Just four days after a 40-3 drubbing of the Minnesota Vikings, who have the league’s second-best record at 9-2 following a 33-26 Thanksgiving Day victory over the New England Patriots, the Cowboys hammered the Giants.
For the record, the score was 28-13 in the fourth quarter when the celebration occurred, so the rules were followed. And the Giants got a late touchdown in the final seconds to make sure it was closer than it looked.
No team has had back-to-back dominant wins over two contending teams this season. While the Cowboys don’t have the best record in the NFL, they are playing as well as any other team in the league, and that includes the 9-1 Philadelphia Eagles, as well as the 8-2 Kansas City Chiefs and 9-3 Buffalo Bills, not to mention the vikings.
The Cowboys now have a 10-day layoff before they resume play against the Indianapolis Colts on Dec. 4, beginning a six-game stretch to end the season.
As it stands now, they will likely be favored in every game and the question is whether the Cowboys can win and beat the Eagles for the NFC East crown as well as the best record in the NFC.
Well, a lot remains to be decided, and the matchup against the Eagles at AT&T Stadium on Christmas Eve will be a key factor.
But there’s no doubt that the Cowboys, who were without quarterback Dak Prescott for five games in September and October, are a team peaking at the right time and looking to improve.
The team’s success is based on a defense that leads the NFL in sacks, led by linebacker Micah Parsons, the leading candidate for the NFL Defensive Player of the Year, who is second in the league with 12 sacks.
Now the crime is doing its part.
The Cowboys totaled 430 yards against the Giants, going over 400 yards of total offense for the fourth straight game and just the fourth time all season.
Is not accidental.
The Cowboys are 4-1 since Prescott returned in Week 7. They are averaging an NFL-best 33.8 points per game during that time.
With the team expecting departed Pro Bowler Tyron Smith to return in December and looking to add free agent Odell Beckham, there’s a chance the Cowboys can get even better.
So how will it shake out?
Clarence Hill predicts the Cowboys’ last six games:
Dec. 4 vs. Indianapolis Colts
The Colts are 4-7-1 and have already fired their head coach. The Cowboys will have to stop running back Jonathan Taylor, but this should be a win. I’M WINNING
Dec. 11 vs. Houston Texans
This could become a glorified preseason game early. The 1-8-1 Texans are the worst team in the NFL and could be firing their head coach for the second straight season. I’M WINNING
Dec. 18 at Jacksonville Jaguars
A third straight game against a team with a losing record should put the Cowboys on a five-game winning streak. Jacksonville is 3-7 and has yet to show signs of much improvement. I’M WINNING
December 24 Philadelphia Eagles
This is a clash that everyone has been waiting for. Look for Santa to finish his work early so he can watch this. With Dak Prescott back in the fold, the Cowboys should come out on top and tighten up the NFC East race. I’M WINNING
Dec. 29 at Tennessee Titans
This game could prove to be the biggest challenge of the last stretch for the Cowboys, as it comes after an emotional game against the Eagles and a suspect defense facing rushing champion Derrick Henry. LOSS
Jan. 8 at Washington Commanders
The season finale may be meaningless as far as the standings are concerned, but the Cowboys need momentum heading into the playoffs. They have to play this game to win. I’M WINNING
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