As you probably know by now, I’m not a fan of conventional wisdom.
I often put the cart before the horse. I’m a 50-year-old man who dares to wear an earring. And, yep, I dipped my pen in the company ink and wound up marrying the love of my life.
So when I hear the old NFL adages and clichés spewing from the mouths of “experts” this time of the year, I began my New Year’s tradition of excessive eye-rolling.
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In other words, contrary to popular rhetoric, offense can<> win championships.
Good news for the Cowboys, because if they beat the Lions on Sunday and advanced past the Packers and Seahawks into the Super Bowl it will be because they out-score their opponents. Improvement be damned, Doomsday Defense III this isn’t.
How did the Cowboys surge in December and win the NFC East and get favored in the first round of the playoffs for the first time in five years? By running the ball with quantity and quality. By converting third downs. By keeping the ball away from opposing offenses. And by scoring points. Lots of ‘em. Early. And often.
DeMarco Murray’s the NFL’s leading rusher. Tony Romo’s in the MVP discussion. Dez Bryant had the greatest receiving season in franchise history. And the offensive line is sending three players to the Pro Bowl. The Cowboys won’t be winning playoff games, 13-10. But they will be winning.
Polluted by the ugly 10-point performance in a Thanksgiving loss to the Eagles, the Cowboys have scored at least 31 points in six of their last seven games. During a 4-0 December they scored 165 points, 42 more than the next closest team. They’ve scored on 26 of their last 44 possessions and blitzed teams with leads of 35-7, 21-0, 42-0 and 27-7 the last four games.
There are better defenses in the playoffs, including the Lions, who enter Sunday with the league’s No. 1 rush defense. But, no doubt about it, there isn’t a hotter, better offense this postseason than the Cowboys.
And, despite what you’ve been led to believe, offenses can win Super Bowls.
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.