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News: Woodson, NFLN: If you can't win in December you're not going to win in the playoffs

Discussion in 'News Zone' started by Bleu Star, Dec 27, 2006.

  1. Bleu Star

    Bleu Star Bye Felicia!

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    Whoops: Was actually Rod Woodson.

    We're 2-2 yet again in December.

    Same as December of 2005.

    Same as December of 2004.

    Same as December of 2003.

    This does not bode well for our fledgling playoff hopes.
  2. LowTech

    LowTech the most important member

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    no kidding
  3. Rack Bauer

    Rack Bauer Federal Agent

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    :mad:


    GROZ would be a good start in remedying (is that a word?) this problem.
  4. Chocolate Lab

    Chocolate Lab Run-loving Dino

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    :laugh2:
  5. AdamJT13

    AdamJT13 Salary Cap Analyst

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    The past two seasons regular actually ended in January, and we lost those games (making us 2-3 in December and January). In 2005, we lost four of our last six. In 2004, we lost three of our last four. In 2003, we lost three of our last five. If we beat Detroit this week, we will finish 3-2 in December and January and will have won six of our last eight games.

    Also, Carolina went 2-2 in their last four games last year and still won two playoff games to make it to the NFC title game. Philadelphia finished 2-2 in 2004 and went to the Super Bowl. Atlanta finished 2-2 in 2004 and went to the NFC title game.
  6. Bleu Star

    Bleu Star Bye Felicia!

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    I admire your optimism.
  7. LowTech

    LowTech the most important member

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    I'm still having a little problem with mine. I still have that taste in my mouth like I just took a bite out of a s*** sandwich.
  8. Rack Bauer

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    But did those teams finish that way cuz their playoff spot was decided and were "coasting" into the playoffs? Did anyone of them lose a CRITICAL home game late in december that would of won them their division and given them a chance at the #2 seed?
  9. DragonCowboy

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    Wasn't Philadelphia resting its starters though?

    And I'm not sure about Atlanta, but weren't they the #2 seed, and didn't they just rest their starters?
  10. Timbo2st

    Timbo2st Benched

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    Yes.

    Against the Rams/Bengals.
  11. DragonCowboy

    DragonCowboy Well-Known Member

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    Yeah so the Eagles not "winning" in December doesn't really hold water.

    Adam, still hope you're right though.
  12. MONT17

    MONT17 New Member

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    gotta love stats!!! Joey Bell, Juwan Howard, Rob Johnson... gotta love stats!!!
  13. Rack Bauer

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    The record really is irrelevant, however you look at it. What's important is how you play. And the cowboys have been playing like crap the last 4 games. And we played like total arse in a HOME game that would of given us the division against a team with a backup QB.
  14. AdamJT13

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    The 2004 Eagles rested starters. The 2004 Falcons rested a few injured players for part or all of those games, but most of their starters played the whole game. The 2005 Panthers desperately needed every victory.

    Yeah, the Panthers last year. They lost at home to us on Christmas Eve. If they had won that game, they would have ended up winning their division and getting the No. 2 seed.

    The 1995 Cowboys also finished 2-2 and went on to win the Super Bowl. I can find other examples of teams with two late losses who did well in the playoffs, too.
  15. theogt

    theogt Surrealist Zone Supporter

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    Theory....






























    ...debunked.
  16. Rack Bauer

    Rack Bauer Federal Agent

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    Well one thing that's being overlooked is that eventhough we're 2-2 since T-Day, we've played poorly in all 4 games. So, as I said, it's not about your record, it's how you're playing. And we've been playing like crap (mainly on defense).

    The Giants were in a MAJOR slump before we played them. We beat them, but all of the sudden Eli looked like an NFL QB again.

    We made Mike Vick look like Johnny U. Karney and Griffith looked like Rathman and Moose against us.


    Yes we beat they Falcons, but our D looked like crap in the process.


    And do not be surprised if we make John Kitna and Roy Williams look like Joe Montana and Jerry Rice.
  17. CanadianCowboysFan

    CanadianCowboysFan Lightning Rod

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    I recall the 1995 team. Were pretty bad down the stretch, barely came back to beat the Giants on a last second FG at home (after the choke game in Philadephia the week before), then only had home field that year because the 49ers choked their last game in Atlanta. Yet we still won the SB going away.
  18. Dale

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    Agreed.

    It's going to take a complete turnaround in the playoffs to really get back on track.

    No longer does this team "look" like the one that looked like a legtimate contender a month ago.

    Luckily, the Cowboys might face Seattle in the first round. They've got to be one of the most vulnerable playoff-bound teams. Of course, a loss to them would be quite disheartening.
  19. AdamJT13

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    The 1997 Broncos went 2-2 in their final four games (and 1-2 in their final three). Their only wins during those four games both came against the 4-12 Chargers.

    In the three games leading up to the final game, those Broncos had allowed 97 points. Their only win was 38-28 on the road. Their two losses -- both by double digits against playoff-bound teams -- cost them the division title and home-field advantage in the AFC. Does any of that sound slightly familiar? And of course, those Broncos also went on to win three AFC playoff games and the Super Bowl.

    None of this means that we will turn it around and go to the NFC title game or the Super Bowl. It doesn't even mean there's a great chance. It just means that there IS a chance, if we can play like we should -- and have at times.
  20. Kobal

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    :pray2:

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