Homer Call? Nope, Cowboys Are Still In Thick of East

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Time to take off those blue and silver tinted sunglasses, stop being a giant homer, and just realize the Cowboys' season is absolutely cooked, right?

That's probably the talk around the country after the Cowboys dropped their fifth straight game on Sunday to fall to 2-5 after starting 2-0 before losing Tony Romo and Dez Bryant for extended amounts of time. Bryant was back on Sunday against Seattle, but was nowhere near 100 percent. Romo will likely be back in two weeks — the first time he's eligible to play.

But guess what? If the Cowboys can beat the Eagles for the second time this season on Sunday night at home, they're going to be just fine.

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Don't get me wrong, a loss on Sunday pretty much ends it for the Cowboys, but a win would improve them to 3-5 with another winnable game coming next week against Tampa Bay. All of that, and they're just one game behind the NFC East-leading Giants.

When the Cowboys get Romo back, they're going to be a completely different football team. Until then, they have to be carried by their running game and defense, both of which are starting to come into form. Darren McFadden has looked like a better-than-average NFL running back since getting the starting nod two weeks ago, and the Cowboys defense was phenomenal on Sunday against the Seahawks.

It's not a great situation for Dallas, who has had plenty of chances to win four of these last five games and could be much better off if they'd gotten just one of them, but it's far from over, either.

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