The Final Word From Sunday's Loss

Look, you can look at this anyway you want. You can blame anyone you want. You can “should’ve-would’ve-could’ve” any play you want. The fact is the Dallas Cowboys are entering their bye week at a decent 2-2. Yes, the fans (and obviously the team) could be much happier, but there’s nothing we can do about it. To quote an old saying, we are what our record says we are. Let’s take a look at the pros and cons from the season as a whole.

Pros: I’ll start with this section, since it will probably be shorter. While this team could be 4-0, it could just as easily have been 0-4. Football is a game of skill and luck and it’s safe to say we got some good bounces in Week 2 and 3. Both the offense and defense showed signs of greatness (maybe Robinson will break out now) and steady improvement, but of course it’s important for both sides of the ball to play a full 60 minutes. Also, this bye week will give the entire team a chance to get healthy, so hopefully we’ll be near full strength going in Foxboro. We all know we’re going to need it.

Cons: Both of these losses were tough to take. Twice, our Cowboys had a sizable lead, and twice we gift-wrapped the game and gave it right back to the opposing team. Unfortunately, both of the losses were due in large part to the turnovers by our quarterback, Tony Romo. You can’t give the Lions and their prolific offense 14 points without them even touching the field. After his nice come-from-behind victories, he was rebuilding his image with his fans, his teammates, and the media. This game might be a big step backward.

Some extremists are again calling for a replacement under center, which I personally think is ridiculous. I’ve never seen someone’s image get rocked so much between hero and goat so often. On the other side of the ball, while Stafford did have to run around during the game, we did not get a sack and were -2 on the turnover battle. Even if another strip-sack on Stafford would’ve been nice to end the game, there were many, many times that just an ordinary sack (even pressure!) would be a big momentum shift. Our pass rush disappeared when we needed it most. It’s obvious now that our defense needs a great amount of work, with their disappearance down the stretch.

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