The Dallas Cowboys rebounded from being blown out by the Philadelphia Eagles on Thanksgiving Day by blowing out their next opponent.
The Cowboys improved to 9-4 on the season, defeating the Chicago Bears 41-28 on Thursday. The win assured Dallas a record above .500 this season after three straight 8-8 finishes. This isn’t the Cowboys I’ve grown accustomed to watching in recent years, they’re winning ballgames they’d find ways to lose in the past. Head coach Jason Garrett deserves credit for committing to the run on offense, running back DeMarco Murray is having his best season as a pro.The emergence of a consistent running game has taken pressure off quarterback Tony Romo. They get the Eagles again next week in what could very well determine the NFC East title. That game will be on the road, the Cowboys are 6-0 this season away from home. It still remains to be seen how far they’ll go, however one thing’s for sure, this isn’t the same old Cowboys.
The NBA might want to consider giving Steve Kerr it’s Coach of the Year award now instead of waiting until after the season. The first-year head coach of the Golden State Warriors seems to be pushing all the right buttons since taking over from former coach Mark Jackson. The Warriors, 16-2, have the best record in the league. Just like Jason Garrett with the Cowboys, Kerr deserves credit for knowing when to leave a good thing alone. The Warriors are a top-five defense in the NBA, largely attributed to philosophies implemented by Jackson. Kerr was smart not to mess with the defensive playbook, instead he added assistant Alvin Gentry to the coaching staff and they’ve come up with an offense that’s maximized the strengths of it’s players. Kerr’s decision to choose the Golden State job over the Knicks is looking like the best coaching move of the season.
The college quarterback that has NFL scouts beginning to drool, Marcus Mariota of Oregon, could be available in the 2015 draft. If that’s the case, the Jets had better hope they’ve stunk it up enough this season to be in position to grab him off the board … The Philadelphia 76ers finally won a game, defeating the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday. The 76ers would then go on to lose on Friday to the Oklahoma City Thunder, dropping their record to 1-18 on the season — yikes. It get’s better eventually right? … This just in – the New York Knicks are still awful.