This past Sunday, the Cowboys not only had the chance to win a big game against the Ravens, but they also had the chance to come into the game this Sunday against the Carolina Panthers on a winning note. Instead of riding into Charlotte on their “steel horse” with a win, the Cowboys are coming to play a” must win” game against the 1-4 Panthers. Are you kidding me? We HAVE TO beat the 1-4 Panthers? I didn’t foresee this happening.
If my blog sounds like I am repeating past blogs about the play of the Dallas Cowboys, it’s not the blogger but the subject matter which continues to repeat the same old pattern of blowing chances to win. I am too much of a lady to really say what I feel about back-to-back losses. Therefore, I will take the high road. The Cowboys started with a running game against the Ravens that was just as good as or better than any team in the NFL. By half-time, the Cowboys with Demarco Murray and Felix Jones had run through and run over Ray Lewis and the Raven’s defense. With 227 yards rushing, 481 total yards, the most points the Cowboys had put up all season and 30 – yes, 30 – first downs, you would have thought Dallas came away with a win, right? WRONG!
Not so fast! Missed opportunities started to show throughout the game chipping away at all the great things Dallas had done against the Ravens. On offense, the Cowboys had some of the dumbest penalties like getting called TWICE for illegal shift by two wide receivers, and of course, Tony Romo was good for a pick that lead to a score. I can’t even count how many times the offensive line got called for being offside! Oh, and on a personal note, I’d like to thank the special teams of the Dallas Cowboys for helping Jacoby Jones set an NFL record by running back a kick-off for 108 yards!
Altogether, there were 13 penalties totaling 80 plus yards and I don’t even want to talk about time management at the end of the game. I would rather The ‘Boys not have even gotten the onside kick than to get it and then blow the game not managing the clock! Someone please tell me how a pro quarterback who has been in the league for over six years can’t manage the clock in the final seconds of the game? Maybe Romo should take “Clock Management 101,” from Rogers, Brady, or the Manning brothers, talking about quarterbacks who can work a clock for a win!
Whether it was the penalties by the offense the defense showing up one minute and gone the next, special teams or poor coaching, Dallas continues to find a way to lose.
Final score, Dallas 29 – Ravens 31!
In order for the Cowboys to win this coming week in their second home stadium against the Panthers, they HAVE to cut down on the mistakes (meaning penalties), be more disciplined (which would cause less penalties), better communication and get on the same page. This team may have the same play book but they’re definitely on different pages.