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An Ugly Win Still Counts as a Win Print E-mail
by Norm Hitzges    Mon, Nov 21, 2005, 01:45 PM

Winning ugly is still winning. And that’s what the Cowboys did yesterday. There are 15 teams in this league yesterday that would have been thrilled with an ugly win. This game was ugly with a capital “U” but  a “W” is still a “W” and that's what counts.

Yesterday the Cowboys offense struggled against a team that was depleted with injuries on the defensive side of the ball. The Lions gave the Cowboys field position. The Lions gave the Cowboys 1st downs. And the officials gave the Cowboys a couple crucial calls. 

The Cowboys played dreadfully last Monday night in Philadelphia.  They struggled to win that game.  And, after that game I said that, in the NFL, you are not going to win that many games where you play so poorly. Maybe I was wrong. The Cowboys performance yesterday was every bit as ugly as it was Monday night.

And, what do they get for the 2 ugly performances…2 Ugly Wins! That might sound negative. But, let me tell you, successful teams win ugly in the NFL.   When you look at the NFL standings you see a "W" column and a "L" column.  I don't ever remember seeing a column with the letter "U".

The Cowboys celebrate Thanksgiving with the Denver Broncos. And, like last week, I’ll say it again: The Cowboys are going to have to play a lot better if they are hoping to beat the Broncos.

But, for now, all is well. The Cowboys are 7-3. They are atop the NFC East and one of the top teams in the conference. The Cowboys have won ugly. And, while we’re at it, they’ve also lost ugly this year. Winning ugly is much better. And 4 more ugly wins will almost certainly put this team in the playoffs.
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