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A potential signing of Odell Beckham Jr. is a luxury for the Dallas Cowboys. The team is already built to win at a high level. In fact, Jerry Jones’ team operates to a Super Bowl standard with a 9-3 record.

With Sunday’s 54-19 win over the Indianapolis Colts plummeting into the abyss, the Cowboys did what good teams should do: They didn’t play their best ball, but still found ways to win. Not only did Dallas capture another score in the win column, the game quickly turned into a blowout in the fourth quarter.

During Victory Monday, the organization continues to celebrate host of Beckham. The open flirtation between these two parties has been as embarrassing as public displays of affection by teens.

Coincidentally Beckham tweeted he will “return to greatness” a day before the visit.

A week ago, head coach Mike McCarthy told reporters that the Cowboys “went full steam ahead” in pursuit of the 30-year-old wide receiver. An incident last week on board an American Airlines flight in which Beckham had to be taken off the plane for allegedly going “in and out of consciousness” didn’t even startle Jones.

“It didn’t,” Jones said on 105.3 The Fan (h/t The Athletic’s Jon Machota). “His general compatibility with the team, his judgment, his behavior is not a problem with him. Many are, but not with him.”

The owner didn’t mince words about why he wanted to sign the target, who hasn’t played since he tore his ACL in Super Bowl LVI.

“We have to have this year,” Jones said. “It’s very important, the things we do to get him to influence this year. This year has to be a big part of it. We have six games in the regular season and the playoffs, we have, in my opinion, almost the whole show ahead of us. We need to have a situation where he can really contribute now.”

Jerry Jones watches for an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts, Sunday, December 4, 2022, in Arlington, Texas.  (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)

AP Photo/Ron Jenkins

The Cowboys, however, not really. A move born of desperation after years of disappointment could upset the balance of one of the NFL’s best teams.

The fourth quarter performance showed exactly why the Cowboys are as dangerous as they are currently built. They do not depend on a single player or one phase of the game. Their roster is as well-rounded as any.

Going into Sunday’s final frame, the Cowboys had a tenuous two-point lead. The Colts did not advance the ball until late in the third quarter, resulting in an impressive 15-yard scoring grapple by rookie wide receiver Alec Pierce.

As of that point, Dallas scored 33 unanswered runs in a variety of ways:

  • Wide receiver Michael Gallup stuck on a three-yard lobe pass from quarterback Dak Prescott.
  • Safety Malik Hooker converted a 38-yard scoop-and-score after Mo Alie-Cox, Mo Alie-Cox, fumbled Colt’s tight end.
  • Tony Pollard has one Touchdown from 30 yards run against one of the best rushing defenses in the league. In fact, the Cowboys gained 79 rushing yards beyond expectations against an Indianapolis defense that had previously allowed the fewest in the category, according to NFL Next Gen Stats.
  • Ezekiel Elliott swung his way in the end zone from four yards out for Dallas’ penultimate score.
  • Malik Davis, third-string, called the game when the undrafted rookie went in the belly for one Touchdown from 23 yards.

With the scoreboard stuck on the ramp, the Cowboys forced four turnovers during that stretch. DaRon Bland, filling in for injured cornerback Anthony Brown, grabbed a pair of interceptions. Sadly, it appears Brown has had a season end Achilles injurysaid Jones.

The 33 unanswered points in the fourth quarter became the second-highest ever in NFL history, per ESPN stats and info. It’s Dallas too sixth game with four or more takeaways since Dan Quinn took over as defensive coordinator, which is the most of any unit since the start of the 2021 campaign.

Players all over the roster impact Dallas. McCarthy’s group has won five of their last six games, with the only loss to the Green Bay Packers in overtime.

Odell Beckham Jr.  stands on the sidelines for an NFL football game between the New Orleans Saints and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Sunday, September 18, 2022, in New Orleans.  (AP Photo/Tyler Kaufman)

AP Photo/Tyler Kaufman

The possible addition of the mercurial wide receiver could upset the balance within the current line-up. However, a healthy Beckham can be advantageous purely on the basis of his skills. After all, he sparked a spark with the Los Angeles Rams last season after the Cleveland Browns released him last November.

But his health remains questionable, and Jones clearly stated that Beckham’s addition is based on what he can do at the moment.

“There is ‘considerable doubt’ in the league about how healthy Beckham is, an NFC executive said, and whether he will really be able to contribute much this season,” FOX Sports’ Ralph Vacchiano reported.

In addition, competition for wide receiver services remains fierce. Beckham has already visited the New York Giants and Buffalo Bills. It’s suspicious that Beckham’s free-agent stops don’t include and won’t include on-field workouts, according to the New York Postby Paul Schwartz.

ESPNs Jordan Raanan reported that Beckham favors a reunion with the Giants. Dallas’ NFC East counterpart is certainly more desperate to land its services as New York has next to nothing among its wide receiver corps.

In addition, the G-Men trailed the Cowboys 1.5 games for second in the division with Sunday’s tie against the Washington Commanders.

ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 04: Tony Pollard #20 of the Dallas Cowboys scores a touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts during the first half at AT&T Stadium on December 4, 2022 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images)

Cooper Neill/Getty Images

Meanwhile, Dallas already has countless weapons.

Elliott and Pollard are a dynamic duo in the backfield. CeeDee Lamb is a slippery and explosive target. Gallup caught two touchdown passes against the Colts. Tight end Dalton Schultz is currently designated as the organization’s franchise player after being awarded the off-season title.

The return on investment in Beckham, which is seeking a multi-year deal, could be minimal, especially in the short term.

“We just need to reach a contract, an amount and health,” said Jones repeated after the match. “I have no doubt that he can help us under the right circumstances.”

As of now, Dallas is very much in talks as the second best team the NFC has to offer, behind only the Philadelphia Eagles. Jones doesn’t have to be dazzled by shiny objects or create some other splashy signature.

The Cowboys are real. They can beat anyone in the NFL. An addition just to make one at this point in the season isn’t reason enough to potentially disrupt everything that’s going right at the moment.


Brent Sobleski covers the NFL for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter, @brentsobleski.

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