Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones fired head coach Wade Phillips with the hopes that the move would jolt his team to life.
That is exactly what happened as the Cowboys upset the New York Giants Sunday.
The Giants may have dominated the time of possession by holding onto the football for over 37 minutes, but what it comes down to is players making plays. The Cowboys did just that Sunday with some key turnovers, which included a 101 yard interception returned for a touchdown and a 71 yard pass for a touchdown.
The other thing of note for the Cowboys is that they got the running game going today as Cowboys running back Felix Jones and Marion Barber combined for 98 yards rushing on 22 carries. The pair have only combined for 513 yards in eight games, which is well under last year’s pace as they combined for 1,617 yards rushing in 2009.
If the Cowboys are going to have any chance at getting into the playoffs the running game has to be performing like this as they have a tough schedule that includes the Indianapolis Colts, Philadelphia Eagles twice, New Orleans Saints, Washington Redskins, Arizona Cardinals and the Detroit Lions.
Also, quarterback Jon Kitna needs to play well as he has a history of getting into trouble with interceptions, along with the defense stopping opposing offenses’ running game.
In the end, if the Cowboys can do these things then they might still have a chance at the playoffs.