love to say these days.
I like the Cardinals. I would like to see them beat Pittsburgh next week. What a story that would be.
While many of you Cowboys fans sit there, probably upset with how this season developed, seeing Arizona's success should be viewed as a positive, more than anything negative.
Seriously, if the Cardinals can do this, there is hope for any team with some talent.
Now, that being said, I won't be surprised if this is the last time we see a NFL team do it exactly this way. By that, I mean finish with a 9-7 record and get home games against two teams with better records.
The NFL has to change that rule. Look at other leagues, the NBA included, it doesn't matter if you win the division, when it comes to head-to-head, the team with the best record is hosting the playoff game, or series.
That's the way it should be. No way should San Diego, at 8-8 and winners of that awful AFC West division, get a home game against the 12-4 Colts. The same goes for the Cardinals, who played host to the 11-5 Falcons, and then had a home game against the Eagles, who were 9-6-1.
Really hope the NFL adopts a new system and rewards the teams that have proven themselves over the course of a 16-game season.
Still, it's not like the Cardinals didn't completely wax the Panthers on the road. Who is to say they wouldn't have done the same in Atlanta and Philadelphia. We don't know and won't ever know.
The point to all of this is that the Cardinals are headed to the Super Bowl, but yet it could easily have been seven or eight other teams in the NFC. That's how close this conference is. And yes, the Cowboys are right in the mix of it all.
Does Dallas have its own problems to fix? Most certainly. The Cowboys might have more talent than other teams, including the Cardinals, but they haven't figured out the best way to play as a team, especially when it counts the most.
Just don't think that because teams like the Cowboys, the Bucs, Bears or Redskins haven't even played a game during this new calendar year, that they're so far behind the Cardinals or Eagles.
That's not the case anymore. Not in today's NFL.
It will be a full month between the Super Bowl and the Cowboys' last game. But just don't think this team is four weeks behind the leaders of the pack.