Did anyone notice how unflappable Baltimore Ravens rookie quarterback Joe Flacco looked last night? I did. He managed the game well and outplayed a Pro Bowl quarterback named Tony Romo. You think Flacco would have some nervous tension knowing he was facing the NFL sack leader, DeMarcus Ware, who got to Flacco once and caused a fumble.
But after that, Flacco carefully dissected the Cowboys defense, going 17-25 for 149 yards and a touchdown. Not great numbers, but it was his management of the game and how he commanded the offense without errors that was impressive.
Tony Romo couldn’t do that. Although Romo came on at the end of the game, he missed numerous opportunities to put this game away, throwing errant long passes that were never even close. His costly interceptions allowed the game to get out of the team’s grasp. To make matters worse, the offensive line had no answers for the crazy blitz packages the Ravens through at them. Overall, just a poor performance from the Cowboys quarterback and offensive line. Missing a wide open MIles Austin highlighted how Romo did not deliver in crunch time.
The secondary allowed two huge runs that crushed the Cowboys late comeback chances. Ken Hamlin made lame attempts to tackle Willis McGahee. Hamlin also failed to secure an easy fumble recovery. Here’s a photo of the poor tackling that allowed McGahee to score:
I thought the fake field goal was a gutsy call and one that showed just how poor the Cowboys coaching can get. Anthony Henry played horrible coverage on a touchdown catch by Derek Mason. And I mean this: he looked silly out there. That’s not pro football right there. It was disgusting. Check this sequence out: