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Redskins vs. Cowboys, Week 12: Cowboys need to be flexible

If the Dallas Cowboys are going to win games in the second half of the season, Blogging The Boys says they need to show the flexibility that they showed in the second half against the Redskins.

Tom Pennington

Injuries have hit the Dallas Cowboys fairly hard during the 2012 season, and a lot of shuffling, particularly on the offensive line, was present during their 38-31 loss to the Washington Redskins on Thanksgiving day. The team showed their bruises in the first half as Robert Griffin III ran all over them and took the Skins into the break with a sizable lead. In the second half, the Cowboys managed to pull themselves back into it with a hurry-up offense led by Tony Romo and some solid play from the patchwork O-Line.

Of course, the Cowboys still lost, but the second half showed a lot more promise than anything in the first half indicated they had in them.

Cowboys blog Blogging The Boys saw the results that the second half brought for the Cowboys, and came up with a simple conclusion -- the Cowboys need to be a lot more flexible as the season goes along if they want to keep winning football games and perhaps sneak their way back into the playoff picture as the season winds down:

"However that turns out, I think it is time for the team to focus inward. Don't worry about the standings right now, because this increasingly looks like a .500 team, give or take a win. But even if the playoffs are beginning to look out of reach, there is no reason this season cannot end on an upswing. To do that, it is time to be flexible. Put some different players out there, especially when a starter is struggling a bit. Let Romo speed things up on the field. Take some chances. There is not very much to lose, and with some luck, there may still be something to gain this year."

Dallas will face another division rival, the Philadelphia Eagles, in their next game following their long post-Thanksgiving break on Dec. 2.

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