Tony Romo celebrates a touchdown during the Thanksgiving Day game between the Dallas Cowboys and Oakland Raiders at AT&T Stadium on Nov. 28, 2013.
The bad news: Cowboys have been blown out twice in their last four games.
The good news: Under Jason Garrett, they’ve proven a resilient, successful bounce-back team.
I know it’s all doom-‘n-gloom in the wake of the 17-point loss in Chicago last Monday night. The Cowboys were embarrassed and humiliated and totally out-played and … unfortunately they have very recent experience upon which to lean on. Anyone remember New Orleans on Nov. 10?
In the 53-game Garrett Era, the Cowboys have been blown out – that is, a loss of 10+ points – only eight times. Two of those occurred in season-ending losses in ’11 and ’12 and one happened in Chicago. Another took place on Christmas Eve ’11, when the outcome was irrelevant and Tony Romo was sidelined for Stephen McGee after one series.
So, in essence, that’s four occasions in which the Cowboys were legitimately blown out and had a meaningful game the following week. Their record in those bounce-back games: 3-1.
I’m not saying the Cowboys are going to win Sunday against the Packers, I’m … Wait, yes I am. That’s exactly what I’m saying. Because the Cowboys have as much resiliency as they do talent, they’re going to beat Green Bay.
A look at Dallas’ blowout losses under Garrett:
10.30.11 – Lost to Eagles, 34-7. Beat Seahawks, 23-13.
12.24.11 – Lost to Eagles, 20-7. Lost to Giants, 31-14.
1.1.12 – Lost to Giants, 31-14. End of season.
9.16.12 – Lost to Seahawks, 27-7. Beat Buccaneers, 16-10.
10.1.12 – Lost to Bears, 34-18. Lost to Ravens, 31-29.
12.30.12 – Lost to Redskins, 28-18. End of season.
11.10.13 – Lost to Saints, 49-17. Beat Giants, 24-21.
12.9.13 – Lost to Bears, 45-28. Vs. Packers Sunday.
A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He currently writes a sports/guy stuff blog at DFWSportatorium.com and lives in McKinney with his fiancee, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.