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The other team in that game, the Dallas Cowboys, are now on a precipice, and will be fighting for their playoff lives from here on out. It’s not inconceivable to think that they could win 5 of their last 7 games (to reach 10 wins) with the return of QB Tony Romo, CB Terrance Newman and a few others, but with the way they’re playing now, in all facets of the game, that scenario seems highly unlikely. Couple that with Romo’s poor December record and it looks like there will be no controversy this January when Romo takes his sweetheart, Jessica Simpson, to Cabo San Lucas for a mini-vacation.
The Indianapolis Colts saved its season, at least for one night, with an 18-15 victory over the New England Patriots. And they only pulled off the W because WR Jabar Gaffney dropped a wide open 40+ yard TD pass late in the game that would’ve given New England the lead. Bill Belichick employed a smart game plan featuring draws and short passing plays with the idea of having long drives in order to keep Peyton Manning and the offense on the sidelines, and QB Matt Cassel executed it perfectly. But in the end, The Colts did a little more than the Patriots to move to 4-4.
Something that has to be very disconcerting to the Colts is its pass rush. Star DE Dwight Freeney, coming back from a Linsfranc injury which cost him the 2nd-half of last season, hasn’t been able to regain his pass rushing form and the Colts are unable to get to the QB. This allows opposing QB’s time to find the open receiver and keep drives going, thus wearing down Indy’s undersized defense late in games. Until they get this figured out, don’t expect too much from them in 2008.
Lastly the San Diego Chargers. You might ask why I am highlighting a team that didn’t play yesterday, but in truth, they had the best week in their division. Earlier in the week they fired DC Ted Cottrell which should help correct their defensive problems, and then on Sunday, every other team in the AFC West lost while the Chargers, idle, were able to gain ground. It’s almost unfathomable to think that a 3-5 team could be only one game out of 1st at the midway point, but that’s parity at its finest.