It gets annoying and cliche when people talk about how every game is a must-win game, even if it's a Week 4 game against a team from the other conference. It's tiresome.
But in the Dallas Cowboys' case, the past few games have truly been of the "must-win" variety with the top-heavy NFC and the thought that an 11-5 season would most likely have the Cowboys on the outside of the playoff picture in a couple of weeks.
Quarterback Tony Romo reinforced that thought on Thursday, saying the Cowboys' past two games have been playoff games dating back to that Thursday-night affair in Chicago. And he's pretty much right.
"I think you knew going into Chicago that if you didn’t win that game, it was going to be very difficult to have any chance at getting in,’’ Romo said in The Dallas Morning News. “We’ve been at it for two weeks. We feel like we’ve been in the playoffs the entire month of December, so we’re just going to keep that attitude and keep going.”
Traditionally, the Cowboys have tanked in December going back to the Bill Parcells/Tony Romo days. This year, things have been different so far, and for the Cowboys' season to continue beyond two weeks, it'll have to continue this week against a 10-win Colts team.