Even though the Dallas Cowboys came from behind, down by 25 points at halftime, they looked like turkeys for most of the first half. I don’t understand it? Last time I checked, there are FOUR quarters to a football game. For the last two games, the Cowboys must have the mentality that only the last two quarters count because that’s when they seem to wake up from their lack luster performance the first two quarters and decide, they NEED to win.
As in the previous week against the Browns, the Cowboys came out with very little emotion and desire to beat the Browns down 13-0, at halftime. The Cowboys managed to come back in the 2nd half to tie up the game late in the fourth quarter, thanks to the Browns giving them ten first downs off of penalties, and eventually winning it in OT with a Dan Bailey field goal 23-20. Dallas dodged a bullet and when the other team helps you out, it’s a win, win situation.
Once again, Dallas came out on Thanksgiving Day with the same demeanor as the previous week but one thing the Cowboys forgot, this isn’t the Cleveland Browns with Brandon Weeden. The Redskins have one of the best and exciting quarterbacks in the league and he’s only a rookie. A rookie that could possibly be on track for the NFL Rookie of the Year if he can get the Redskins into the playoffs. Robert Griffin III showed the Dallas Cowboys and their fans, he was the “real” deal and wasn’t intimated by the STAR. Griffin however didn’t walk away unscathed. He was sacked four times and threw one interception but for the most part, he devoured the Cowboys like most people did their Thanksgiving dinner yesterday finishing with 20-28, 311 yards passing, 6 carries for 29 yards and finished the first half of the game with a 158.3, quarterback rating. Even if you are a Cowboys fan, you have to give credit where credit is due. RGIII has arrived and will be a thorn in the Cowboy’s side for a very long time, unless Rob Ryan and his defense can find a way to stop him.
Speaking of giving credit, I have to give credit to a player who hasn’t really deserved it until the last two games, where he has shown heart and the desire to win, Dez Bryant. I had all but given up on him until the Brown’s game where he had 12 catches for 145 yards and one touchdown. Against the Redskins, Dez was once again, “on fire” with 8 catches, 145 yards including an 85 yard bomb from Tony Romo that pulled the Cowboys within 15, late in the 3rd quarter. Tony Romo threw two interceptions, 15 on the season, threw 62 times and had 441 yards with this being his first lost in six starts on Thanksgiving Day. With stats like that, you’d think the Cowboys would have won but once again there were too many mistakes and not enough time to make up for them. Speaking of mistakes, will the Dallas Cowboys please set Doug Free “Free” at the end of this season? Tony Romo gave him a look like, “Really Doug,” after getting called for a false start penalty. Free has got to go!
Instead of the Cowboys being on the tail of the division leaders NY Giants, the Cowboys now find themselves almost back at square one being two games behind the Giants and tied with the Redskins for second place. The next meeting between these two will be in Washington, on December 30th, the last game of the season, with that game most likely deciding who’ll go to the playoffs and who will be sitting at home once again.