Now that all teams in the National Football League (NFL) have played eight games (some squads have played nine games), it has become clear which squads can start thinking about “punching their ticket to the playoffs” and which squads need to begin planning to take an early vacation.
Teams like the Dallas Cowboys and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers find themselves “on the outside looking in” when it comes to postseason play. The Cowboys, better known as “America’s team,” are in last place in the East Division of the National Football Conference (NFC) with a Won-Loss record of 2-6.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a squad that plays in the South Division of the National Football Conference, are also in last place. Their Won-Loss record is just 3-5. The Bucs, this game’s home team, very likely thought that this would be a rebuilding year and not a season in which a playoff spot was likely. As such, there is little reason for this squad to feel disappointment in its performance.
In fact, this group from central Florida is probably enthused over the on-field play of its rookie quarterback. Chosen number one overall this past offseason, Jameis Winston has been getting better with every game and gives the Bucs reason to believe that “better days are ahead.”
On the other hand, the performance by the Cowboys has been way below what had been expected. This squad won divisional honors last year and was expected to do the same in the current 2015-2016 Season. But injuries always play a major role in a team’s performance in the National Football League.
The Dallas Cowboys lost the services of Dez Bryant in the first game of the season. The All-Pro wide receiver suffered an injury that deprived the squad of a game-changing performer. Things got worse in Week Number two when Tony Romo was victimized by an injury that has kept him out of six games to date.
The loss of two top offensive players has literally ruined the season for the team from Texas. With just eight games remaining to be played, Dallas finds itself two-and-one-half games behind the division leading New York Giants and far behind several other teams in the race for the conference’s two Wild Cards.
Injuries are, of course, a big part of professional football. Attrition and the loss of key players often play a huge role in determining success or failure in every National Football League season. While the Cowboys still have a chance of earning a Wild Card and, remarkably, of coming in first in the East Division, the likelihood is that this squad will be watching football on TV after the regular season ends.
That makes this Sunday’s game in Tampa more about personal and team pride than it is about jockeying for playoff position. Personal pride is important for all people, especially for professional athletes.
It will be pride that leads to determined and possibly dynamic performances on the field this Sunday in Tampa Bay.
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