Sitting on a 2-6 record and fourth place in the NFC East, the Dallas Cowboys aren't exactly the team everyone is picking to make it out of the division and into the playoffs in January next year. But it could very well happen thanks to an unlikely hero.
Wide receiver Cole Beasley had a career-best game last weekend for the Cowboys against their divisional rivals, the Philadelphia Eagles. He caught nine passes for 112 yards and two touchdowns.
This performance was really out-of-the-blue, as the 26-year-old had zero receptions in the two games prior to last Sunday, and struggled to have over four catches and over 50 yards a game. Despite the overtime loss, Beasley's performances opened up fellow wide receiver Dez Bryant in the passing game, allowing him to catch five passes for 104 yards and a touchdown.
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Without quarterback Tony Romo under center, the numbers by Beasley in this game is even more impressive.
If the 26-year-old is able to step up and continue this good performance throughout the remainder of the season, especially during the time which Matt Cassel is under center, the Cowboys could find themselves in the playoffs from a very underperforming NFC East division.
As they no longer face a team this season that is inside the top ten of yards allowed on average per game to receivers, the return of Romo should boost the passing game greatly not only because he is a better quarterback than Cassel, but due to the game situations they'll be in. Beasley, alongside the usual suspects of Bryant and tight end Jason Witten, should benefit from this.
Number one cornerbacks are likely to be covering Bryant during those games, so Beasley will get more looks and more opportunities to prove himself in these games, specifically against the Carolina Panthers, Green Bay Packers, and the Buffalo Bills. He could well and truly end up being the unlikely hero for the Cowboys this season.