Ahead of their Sunday matchup against the Minnesota Vikings, Dallas Cowboys Head Coach Mike McCarthy chose a very interesting way to hype up his team. In a team meeting, McCarthy allegedly smashed watermelons with a sledgehammer in order to get his team ready. It must have worked because the Cowboys went on to win 31-28 to move to 3-7 on the season. Consequently, the Vikings dropped to 4-6.
While we, unfortunately, don’t have video footage of the Watermelon smashing incident, this video paints a pretty good picture. “Guys I apologize, I don’t think I did a good enough job emphasizing our objectives for the week,” McCarthy allegedly said to the team. “One of which is to hammer the ball out of Dalvin Cooks hands.”
After this announcement, someone brought McCarthy a sledgehammer and a bunch of watermelons. Each watermelon had a team objective for the week written on it. McCarthy read each objective and proceeded to smash each watermelon, one by one. The final watermelon, however, DeMarcus Lawrence wanted to smash. This watermelon had the face of Vikings’ running back, Dalvin Cook, pasted on to it.
By the end of the ordeal, McCarthy’s pants were soaked in watermelon guts and the entire team roared with excitement. The outcome of the game certainly suggests that Mike McCarthy’s pump-up speech worked.
Dallas Cowboys Playoff Picture
Despite owning a less-than-mediocre 3-7 record, the Dallas Cowboys sit within striking distance of the NFC East crown. In fact, every team in that division has only 3 wins. Ironically, the Philadelphia Eagles break the four-way tie for first place with the one tie they had on the season. That tie puts them at 3-6-1, crowning them division leaders at the moment.
However, a lot can happen in the next couple of weeks to shake up that playoff picture. On Thanksgiving Day, the Dallas Cowboys take on the Washington Football Team. The winner of this game could potentially take the lead in the division depending on the outcome of the other games.
The Eagles take on the Seattle Seahawks, which will prove very difficult for the struggling team. The Giants stand a better chance against the Joe Burrow-less Bengals, but nothing is a guaranteed win for the NFC East. All in all, the NFC East is completely anyone’s to take, so whoever can play well down the stretch will clinch a playoff berth.