By Robert Diton
Okay, yes, that Jets game left a bitter taste in our mouths. Some of you were able to put that aside and continue with your week. Others, myself included, were left literally sick every time we thought what could’ve been (I personally would’ve loved to wipe that stupid grin off of Rex’s face). Our Cowboys snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. Regardless, the season does go on and we had to travel to San Francisco on Sunday. Here are some things we learned from that heart-stopping, edge-of-your-seat come-from-behind overtime victory:
· Tony Romo is a competitor: As soon as the game ended, all the way until this article is posted (perhaps even until Monday), many NFL ‘analysts’ were eating crow and saying what a great presence Tony is behind center (forgive me if I beat a dead horse, but it needs to be said again). He battled media scrutiny, a constant up-hill battle on the scoreboard, and especially a fractured rib to lead our beloved Cowboys to a much-needed victory. I know there were more than a few times that I thought we were heading to 0-2, but Romo showed how he should be in the conversation as an elite quarterback in the league.
· The clock management is still very debatable: With 4:03 left in the 4th, the Cowboys were down by 3 and had the ball at our own 26. After 3 plays for 8+ yards, we have the ball at the SF 47 with less than 2:50 remaining. Even with timeouts and the 2 minute warning left, we only managed 6 plays for 17 yards to set up Bailey’s game-tying field goal. We really need to work on the managing the clock, since we wasted way too many precious seconds on that last drive. How about getting closer for an easier field goal (or even a touchdown)? Did anybody really have confidence in Bailey hitting that field goal from that far out?
· This team doesn’t give up: After Bailey missed that chip-shot, and the 49ers grab a 14-0 lead with all of the momentum, how bad were you feeling? After knowing that Costa, Felix, Tony, and Miles all had an injury of some sort during the game, how confident did you feel about our chances of coming back? There were many times our team could have accepted defeat away from home for the second straight week, but they kept battling and eventually earned a big victory. This should be a huge shot of momentum going into two straight home games before the bye week (yes, it’s that close).
· The offensive line is still a work in progress: Most of the reason there is so much focus on Romo from the opposing defense is because we have yet to establish a running game. 45 total rushing yards? Really? I know they are inexperienced, but Tony will continue to get battered around and Felix, Tash, and Murray will continue to fight for non-existent holes if we can’t get our O-Line secure.