I sat down with Steven Mullenax of fansided’s Dallas Cowboys affiliate, The Landry Hat, to do a Q&A about the Cowboys and Bengals’ critical matchup today.
1. The Cowboys are a strong veteran team that’s fell short of the playoffs over the past two seasons. Do the players and coaches feel as though their window for a Super Bowl run is closing like Jerry Jones believes?
SM: Somewhat. Obviously, for the older players like Tony Romo, Jason Witten and DeMarcus Ware, their windows are closing because they are on the back-end of their careers. And Jerry Jones is just getting old period. But players like Dez Bryant, DeMarco Murray, Sean Lee and Bruce Carter have bright futures. If one window is closing, another one is opening for these young stars.
SM: This is a pretty hard question. There will be a ton of “unknowns” on the field due to various injuries. But if there was one player who could hurt the Bengals on Sunday, who hardly anyone knows about, it’s Cole Beasley. The 5’8 rookie wideout recorded seven receptions on 13 targets two weeks ago. He’s a small but shifty guy who plays alot like Danny Amendola.
SM: Yes, he is elite. He’s already broken a ton of Cowboy records. His talent has never been in question. It’s his leadership and mental game that garners all the negative attention. One deep playoff run should help dust off 99% of the haters.
SM: I don’t follow the Bengals, so I wouldn’t even begin to try and evaluate their chances going forward. Dallas has a difficult schedule ahead with Pittsburgh, New Orleans, and Washington on tap. I see the Redskins winning the NFC East. New York grabbing a Wild Card spot. And Dallas being left just outside of the playoffs, once again.