By Annalece Montgomery
Let’s rewind back to a few weeks ago for Thursday Night Football: The Dallas Cowboys toppled the New Orleans Saints in Dallas. Yes, you read that correctly, the team with Jason “Clapper” Garrett as a head coach managed to lead the Saints throughout the entire game, with a final score of 13-10. Pretty impressive work considering the Saints were (and frankly, still are) a top contender for the Super Bowl, not to mention QB Drew Brees is really working for that coveted MVP title. Needless to say, Dallas fans everywhere were thrilled, bombarding their co-workers, mail carrier, waiters, and anyone else who would listen with a “How ‘bout them ‘boys” cheer. For the record, the FCFL offices were not exempt from this.
So with such an impressive win under their belt, and subsequent victory over their rivals, the Philadelphia Eagles, what in the heck happened this week against the Indianapolis Colts? They didn’t just lose, they were shut out 23-0. That’s right, for the first time since their 12-0 loss to the New England Patriots in 2003, the Cowboys couldn’t even muster a field goal to get points on the board. Per Cowboys QB Dak Prescott, “The shutout definitely hurts. The shutout definitely pisses you off, especially when you’re down there early in the red zone and you have opportunities to score and you don’t.” We have a feeling the fans feel the same, Dak.
We know that every team has their ups and downs, but what do the fans do when the downs hit hard and fast after the ups? Will the fans go from being in your face celebrating to retreating into silence after a loss? We have a feeling that when our fans and their respective teams are winning, they will be anything but quiet about it – they will be shouting their team chants – which are determined by the fans – from the rooftops. But we also think that when they are feeling low, they won’t stay quiet. Instead, they will be proactive and look at what calls didn’t work and mentally prepare for the next game. Sure, the players are the ones on the field, but with the fans calling the plays, it’s just as important for them to review game film as it is for the coaches.