Cowboys fans need to face reality

ARLINGTON -- The natural inclination is to rip everything and everyone after the Dallas Cowboys needed a 38-yard field goal by Dan Bailey in overtime to beat the Cleveland Browns.

After all, your Cowboys barely beat a 2-8 team in the midst of a season going nowhere coached by a man who will be fired at the end of the season.

Dallas 23, Cleveland 20.

So fight the urge to rip coach Jason Garrett. Quarterback Tony Romo, too. The same goes for the raggedy offensive line that yielded seven sacks and no running game.

And don't bother criticizing punter Brian Moorman for an awful fourth quarter punt that set up Cleveland's go-ahead touchdown with 1:07 left or a defense that made Brandon Weeden look like a good quarterback, when there hasn't been any tangible evidence this season to support that.

Instead, snatch off those rose-colored Ray-Bans and begin to deal with reality. Stop expecting these Cowboys to give you something they're incapable of giving.

They're not going to play mistake-free games and wow you with their offensive and defensive efficiency most weeks. Stop assessing style points to the Cowboys' wins and just enjoy them because we have no idea how many they're getting this season.

The Cowboys are a team with championship aspirations and not much else. Obviously, the players and coaches won't like that.

Too bad. It's true.

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