Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. The Cowboys head into Week 14 desperate for a primetime win at cold Soldier Field.
Ring a bell?
It should, because despite a 6-1 start this year’s Cowboys find themselves in the same situation at the same site and the same time as last year’s team.
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In 2013 the Cowboys won at the Giants the Sunday before Thanksgiving and were 7-5 heading into Chicago the week after Turkey Day. This year the Cowboys won at the Giants the Sunday before Thanksgiving and are 8-4 heading into Chicago the week after Turkey Day.
Both this year and last they trail the Eagles in the standings, needing a win in primetime to solidify their playoff chances.
Thursday night the forecast calls for temperatures around 35 at kickoff. Last year on Monday Night Football Dec. 9 it was 8, and boy was it miserable.
As the wind chill dipped to 10 below zero, beers froze, players huddled around heaters and yet the Cowboys somehow melted. Tied at 14 late in the second quarter, they trailed 42-14 entering the fourth. Despite facing Josh McCown at quarterback, the Cowboys’ defense surrendered 490 yards of offense.
It was an embarrassing 45-28 blowout loss to a mediocre team that paved the way for another 8-8 season and another playoff whiff.
It won’t be as cold Thursday night as it was a year ago. But with a similar loss to the lowly Bears, the Cowboys’ outlook will be just as bleak.
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 lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.