Cowboys Didn’t Have a Prayer Against Saints
If there were ever a game that proved beyond a shadow of a doubt the difference between Tony Romo and a truly gifted NFL quarterback it was Sunday night’s game with New Orleans. From the very beginning of the game, Drew Brees showed a sense of urgency and aggression while Romo meekly sat on the Cowboys bench never saying a word to anyone.
At the intermission it was almost game over. Brees passed for 250 yards and 3 touchdowns in the first half and at one point completed 19 straight passes. Romo completed just 3 passes all together at halftime for—wait for it—20 yards. The Saints dominated the first half and led 28-10 at the half. I grant you that the Cowboys defense is decimated by injuries and it got worse with the loss of Sean Lee with a pulled hamstring and DeMarcus Ware missing several plays with a leg injury. But Brees was in control of this game before the injuries and even when DeMarco Murray put Dallas up 10-7 with a 6 yard touchdown run. You could just see it–sense it–Brees commands his team, the game, while Romo is merely another player.
Back to the Cowboys defense, they’ve used way more defensive linemen (17) than any other team in the league and have twice as many (13) defensive lineman playing in their first year with the team, than anyone else in the NFL. That obviously makes a huge difference but just maybe the Cowboys could make up for some of that inexperience with some enthusiasm, some spirit. Problem is they aren’t going to get it from their coach or their quarterback. Every cut-away to the sideline showed both Garrett and Romo almost comatose…staring into the abyss and never once trying to pick their team up. At least go out swinging, let the team know you care. These new guys are young and impressionable, Garrett and Romo have been through battles and need to be leaders. Instead they’re just two guys wearing a headset and a helmet.
The final score of 49-17 doesn’t come close to describing the ass-kicking the Saints gave the Cowboys. Rob Ryan said being fired by Garrett after last season didn’t effect him much. Every camera shot of Ryan on the Saints sideline, and there were about 500 of them, said otherwise. Romo and is band of wanderers gained only 193 yards all night, well under the Saints defensive average. Ryan is only human and who doesn’t like a little revenge.
The Saints set a few records against quite possibly the worst defense in Cowboys history…including 40 first downs in the game, which is the most that any team has ever recorded in an NFL game—ever! The Saints gained 626 yards on offense, the most any Cowboy defense has ever given up. Beating the record of 623… set two weeks ago by Detroit.
The loss drops Dallas into a first place tie with Philadelphia in the NFC East with 5-5 records and both the Giants and Skins are right behind at 3-6. It’s hard to imagine Garrett keeping his job after this season but I will bet my house that Monty Kiffin does not return as defensive coordinator. Even if the Cowboys don’t fire him, I can’t believe he wants to stick around this circus another year. And after this massacre who can blame him.