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When the schedule came out for this season, Cowboys fans everywhere circled this two-week stretch of games against the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints and the defending AFC champion Indianapolis Colts. The Cowboys were a Vegas favorite to play in Super Bowl XLV at JerryWorld and those two games would go a long way to proving that true.
Oh, how things can change.
After a few weeks had gone by, the games lost a bit of luster after the Cowboys were off to a terrible start. They'd both be blowouts, right? Not so fast. If not for a late Roy Williams fumble on a long pass play, the Cowboys would've beaten the Saints on Thanksgiving Day to improve to 4-7 with a backs-against-the-wall Colts team coming up and Jason Garrett likely sealing the head coaching job for the future.
So now, Garrett is 2-1 as the head man and local high schools Southlake Carroll and Denton Guyer have won more games in 2010 in JerryWorld than the Cowboys have.
How will Garrett handle this thing now that they suffered a disappointing, heartbreaking loss and are now guaranteed to be, at the very best, a .500 team when the season ends? Before, there was an outside shot at a playoff berth with a 9-7 record and a lot of help. That hope is now gone.
This team quit on Wade Phillips. That much is clear. The difference since Garrett took over is night and day.
Who's to say this team won't quit on Garrett now that the season is officially over. The biggest say there is Garrett's.
Now is when we'll see Garrett's true mettle. If the Cowboys can travel to Indianapolis and beat a 6-5 Colts team that is still in the hunt but fading fast, then we'll know. Garrett will be the guy.