With Thursday’s win over the Tennessee Titans, the Dallas Cowboys clinched their second straight season of at least 12 wins. On top of that, they kept their slim NFC East hopes alive.
But count on notorious Cowboys superfan and critic, veteran journalist Skip Bayless, to be fed up with the team’s performance anyway. Bayless spent all of Thursday evening blasting his favorite team on Twitter:
In Bayless’ defense, it is hard for the Cowboys to fully celebrate a 27-13 win against a Tennessee team that rested several key starters on Thursday night. The Titans and Jacksonville Jaguars will play in a win-or-go-home game next week, with the winner claiming the NFC South.
So head coach Mike Vrabel opted to play it safe by keeping out star running back Derrick Henry. Backup and rookie quarterback Malik Willis was also kept out of the lineup, with third-stringer Josh Dobbs getting the nod instead.
The Cowboys turned the ball over three times and allowed Tennessee to convert on 7-of-16 third down conversions, so Bayless’ dissatisfaction is understandable. Dallas may have beaten a team without several prominent starters, but it’s not the type of effort that a championship-caliber team will want to celebrate.
In order to capture the NFC East, Dallas will need to win its Week 18 game against the Washington Commanders, and they’ll need the Philadelphia Eagles to lose each of their next two games. That’s obviously unlikely, but crazier things have happened.
If the playoffs started today, the Cowboys would have a favorable NFC Wild Card Round matchup in the NFC South-leading Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who sit at 7-8 heading into Sunday’s Week 17 home game against the Carolina Panthers.
The Cowboys will finish no lower than the fifth seed in the NFC, but they’ll definitely need better performances come January if they’re to go on a deep playoff ruWANT MORE FROM TOTALPROSPORTS? FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS.