Cowboys Yo-Yo Continues
The Cowboys just can’t stand a good thing. Just when it seems like they have a complete game all figured out, like last week against the Rams, they turn right around and play very average a week later against the Chargers. Win one, lose one, win another one, lose another one. That has been the theme of this team for the past 6 or 7 years. That is why they finish each season at or very near .500. One top of that, they had a golden opportunity to strike a death blow to their NFC East rivals with a win over San Diego. And they were on their way to doing just that.
The Cowboys were impressive in the first half against the Chargers and held a 21-10 lead at the intermission. The offense looked pretty good, Tony Romo and Dez Bryant hooked up for 2 scores and Sean Lee returned an interception 52 yards for a touchdown. Offense working, defense creating turnovers and points, what’s not to like? Apparently for the Cowboys, it’s success because those were the last points Dallas scored all day. Zero points in the first quarter, 21 in the second and nada in the 3rd and 4th quarters. Oh yea, and DeMarco Murray only missed matching last week’s 175 yard performance by—105 yards. He also carried the ball 12 fewer times, so much for committing to the run.
Romo wasn’t bad, as a matter of fact he was good, 27-37 for 244 yards and 2 touchdowns but the defense let Phillip Rivers look like Payton Manning. Rivers ripped the Dallas D for 401 yards passing a 3 scores, 2 to 5’6″ Danny Woodhead who ran away from linebacker Bruce Carter like he just stole his car.
So the Cowboys still lead the division with a 2-2 record but only because the other three teams have won a combined 2 games out of 12. A 3-1 record for the Cowboys would be reason for optimism but with Manning and the high octane Bronco’s coming to town next week, optimism is the last thing this team should be feeling.