The terrified eyes between Odell Beckham Jr. and the Dallas Cowboys were far from accurate.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, Dak Prescott and defensive quarterback Micah Parsons showed no shame in courting Beckham as the missing piece they would need in the postseason in a wide open NFC race.
And Beckham wasn’t shy about enjoying the love either, as he was expected to sign with a team after Thanksgiving — the day the Cowboys 7-3 face the Giants 7-3, another Beckham suitor.
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“If you can improve this team right now, and that’s within reason, then you should do it,” Jones said of Beckham in a recent radio interview. “We have a chance.”
“He knows how much I want him here… we want him to come help,” Prescott said of Beckham this week.
“come on then!” Parsons said in response to Beckham’s tweet about the Cowboys going “crazy” after their 37-point win over the Vikings last week.
The Cowboys’ outlook for a deep run looks more promising than any they’ve had in recent years – especially with Tom Brady joining the NFC with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2020 and with Aaron Rodgers and the Packers also facing a down year now.
If Dallas can bottle up and drink his performance against the Vikings before the playoffs, the Cowboys could win their first Super Bowl since the 1995 season followed.
But we know cowboys better than that.
When the postseason begins, the weight of being “Team America” weighs heavily on their shoulders. And this season will be no different.
There is at least one team in better shape than Dallas. You’ve reached the Super Bowl and two NFC title games over the past three seasons. It is the team that will be defeated again in the conference this year.
The addition of Christian McCaffrey a month ago to a versatile and powerful offense makes the San Francisco 49ers a favorite to reach the Super Bowl.
Will it be enough for the 49ers, who have won three in a row, to improve to 6-4, to defeat the Kansas City Chiefs or the Buffalo Bills? It could be, but that’s another pillar.
Even with Beckham’s help, the Cowboys won’t have enough firepower to overtake the 49ers, or even the Philadelphia Eagles, who were first in the NFC East, when the postseason begins.
Just a week before their big win over the Vikings, the Cowboys gave up a 14-point lead to lose in overtime in Green Bay.
When the Cowboys made the playoffs last season, they couldn’t get past the 49ers in their building’s wild card round. And the Cowboys had Amari Cooper starting with Cedric Wilson also in the passing game.
The Rams won Super Bowl 56 with the help of Beckham, who scored a touchdown in the first half before going down with a torn ACL.
But which Beckham will appear in Dallas for the final month of the season and postseason after his second ACL tear in his left knee?
It’s a fair question to ponder, and it’s only fair to temper expectations about Beckham’s potential influence on the Cowboys.
If the Cowboys get Beckham, they need to figure out ways to make him effective, while not relying on him to be a saver for an offense that ranks 14th in yards and 7th in points.
The Cowboys will likely create a package to make the most of Beckham’s ability. He would become the Cowboys’ third or fourth target if he signed with Dallas, behind receiver CeeDee Lamb, tight end Dalton Schultz and running back Tony Pollard.
But is six weeks (at most) enough time to create the continuity and confidence and to nail the plays that will allow Beckham to excel while getting up to the pace of the game?
The 49-year-old is four games into his tryout with McCaffrey and poised to take the No. 1 seed into the playoff picture with the Cowboys, Eagles and Minnesota Vikings likely to have something to say about it going into the final stretch of the season.
The possibilities are there for Beckham and the Cowboys.
But there are a lot of questions surrounding Beckham’s health and the Cowboys’ ability to be one of the NFL’s best teams and a legitimate Super Bowl contender.