Cowboys QB Tony Romo and RB DeMarco Murray got all the glory for the win against the Giants, but the offensive line deserves all the credit.
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With Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. taking over the game with his incredible play in much the same way that his incredible TD catch has taken over social media, the Cowboys were hard-pressed to win that game. But thanks to a defense that went into complete shutdown mode in the second half despite allowing a late TD, and an offensive line that gave QB Tony Romo enough time to go to the concession stand and write a novel as to throw the football to Dez Bryant, the Cowboys got the road win and are still one of the most challenging teams to get a win against in football.
Romo, RB DeMarco Murray (who had his 10th 100-yard rushing game of the season), and WR Dez Bryant (who had two 4th quarter TDs including the game winning catch with 1:01 left to play) have been dominant all season and have the Cowboys poised to get their first winning record and playoff appearance since 2009 if they can keep up performances like that one.
Here are the five biggest winners from Sunday in Week 12 of the NFL season:
Dallas Cowboys – The Cowboys have now matched their win totals for each of the last three seasons. Now they just need to use that stout offensive line to slow down the Eagles pass rush and outscore Chip Kelly’s high-octane offense.
New England Patriots – That win over the Lions marked the 14th straight winning season for Patriots head coach Bill Belichik. In a league that has become the paragon of parity in sports, the Patriots have been the one entity that have been so consistently dominant that not team can ever truly knock them down a peg. And that starts from the bottom with the undrafted players and goes all the way to the owner.
Cleveland Browns – There’s no doubt that Josh Gordon’s return to the team made the difference in that game. When the Browns are winning games without a Herculean effort from their QB, it’s pretty clear they have someone or something special.
Seattle Seahawks – After shutting down the Arizona Cardinals, the Seahawks are firmly in position not only to make a serious playoff run, but could even take the NFC West title out from under Arizona if they can’t regroup.
Chicago Bears – Beating the Vikings and Buccaneers in back-to-back weeks doesn’t do much to convince fans that this team will make a playoff run, but showing that the team has continued to stay together under tough times has likely done quite a lot to cool down the hot seats of HC Marc Trestman, QB Jay Cutler and GM Phil Emery.