03 October 2011
At the end of every season you can usually look back on your season schedule and pick out a game that has changed the course of the entire season. For me, 2010 was the Monday Night game against the Giants mainly because that is where we lost Romo. While it is too early to start doing that for 2011, the game against the Lions could be that game.
The problem with the Cowboys is that they’ve won 2 games in my opinion that they had no business winning and they lost 2 games that they should have won. Personally, I am getting tired of the dramatic games and while it makes for entertaining football, I certainly wouldn’t mind a game where the Cowboys come out and dominate every aspect of the game from minute 1 to minute 60.
I’ve defended Tony Romo in the past but when you have a performance like Tony had yesterday, even I start to wonder about Tony. I’m forever hopeful that something in his brain will kick in and say “hey, you’re on your back foot, don’t float one downfield” but it is starting to get old.
Let’s look at some of the other things from yesterday.
Laurent Robinson – I didn’t think he had a good game against Washington but he had 116 yards on 7 receptions. While he didn’t have and Touchdowns, I do think he proved he is a capable receiver and should push Olgetree off the depth chart once Miles Austin returns.
Dez Bryant – For 20 mins, he looked like he was going to be a beast in this game. Bryant had three receptions for 37 yards, including a couple of leaping touchdown receptions, with 10:58 remaining in the second quarter. He didn’t have a reception the rest of the game and only saw 2 balls thrown his way in the final 40 minutes.
Dallas D – I tweeted yesterday that while I wasn’t happy about losing the game, the fact that the defense gave up 34 points was the point of the game that was really bothering me. Our defense is better than this. In their last four drives the Lions had at least 15 empty-set formations with wide receivers, tight ends or running backs flanked wide and that proved to be too much for our defense to handle.
Calvin Johnson – I knew he’d kill us and he did. He’s arguably the best player in the league right now.
The season isn’t over and we aren’t out of anything at this point. The 2009 and 2006 Cowboys also started the season 2-2 and both ended up going to the playoffs. The 2005 Cowboys also came out of the gates 2-2 but missed the playoffs. Dallas has a week off to fix certain issues and get healthy. The problem is, the New England Patriots are the next team we get to play and that certainly not an easy way to come back off a bye.
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