Under the current flexible scheduling rules, an NFL team can play on NBC a maximum of four times every season. That's bad news for you Cowboys fans, because it means that the league, in all its cruelty, could flex in a SECOND Giants/Cowboys game to Sunday Night in the final week of the season. It's true! I even checked with Mike Florio to make sure it wasn't some kind of horrible joke.
In case you need reminding, this past Sunday Night's debacle against New York represents the sixth straight loss for Dallas on Sunday Night. Over the past two seasons, the Cowboys have not only lost every Sunday Night game, but they've done so in an impossibly tragic fashion. Shall we sift through the wreckage? I think we shall:
September 12th, 2010 - Redskins 13, Cowboys 7
This was the Alex Barron Game, when replacement right tackle Barron held on what would have been the winning touchdown pass. This was also back when Redskins fans still thought Donovan McNabb might help them win. Doesn't that seem like so long ago?
November 7th, 2010 - Packers 45, Cowboys 7
This was the game that got Wade Phillips fired and kickstarted the Jason Garrett Era. The Packers scored 28 points in the second quarter alone. I remember it vividly because I was watching the game while chemically enhanced. The beating CAME TO LIFE.
December 12th, 2010 - Eagles 30, Cowboys 27
This was the "DeSean Jackson goes off" game, when Jackson iced the game with a 91-yard TD reception in the fourth quarter. And somehow, this defense has only gotten worse since.
September 11th, 2011 - Jets 27, Cowboys 24
Cowboys blow a two-touchdown lead in the fourth quarter. Tony Romo throws the backbreaking pick with 59 seconds left. And yet, the Cowboys have managed to top this collapse THREE TIMES since. Most franchises have this kind of choke job once every five years or so.
October 30th, 2011 - Eagles 34, Cowboys 7
December 11th, 2011 - Giants 37, Cowboys 34
By now, these kind of endings seem routine for Dallas. No lead is ever safe. EVER. In fact, the Cowboys are doing you a disservice by taking a lead because you KNOW nothing good will come of it, especially on Sunday Night. Why does this team continually fold in primetime? Yes, it's probably just a cosmic fluke that they've saved some of their worst performances for the national stage. But that's cold comfort to any fan who knows that a Week 17 flex job will spell imminent doom.