So this game is going to be easy, right? The Rangers aren’t exactly having an easy time with St. Louis, but the Cowboys surely will. How could they not? The Rams are a winless bunch, losers of 6 straight regular season games. They also have a very tall hill to climb against a good defense without their starting quarterback, Sam Bradford, who has been ruled out with a high ankle sprain. The Cowboys are at home and are due for a good offensive output against a poor defense. The talk all week has been that the boys refuse to look past any opponent. This is going to be a piece of cake, isn’t it?
Listen, if there’s one thing I’ve learned as a Cowboys fan the past few years, it is that nothing is easy. Even against teams that are supposed to be worse than Dallas, the boys struggle to be dominant. The last game that the Cowboys had a truly dominating win was against the Texans in 2010, a game the Cowboys won in Houston by two touchdowns. Since then it has either been a humiliating rout, a heart-pounding victory, or a soul-crushing, final minute defeat. Under Jason Garrett, the Cowboys simply do not beat teams with any amount of ease. They are still on an unbelievable run of 11 straight games decided by 4 points or less. This is seemingly the Garrett way, and it can be attributed squarely to his lack of respect for a running game.
Compounding the problem is the very LARGE issue of trust. Garrett (rightfully) does not trust his poor offensive line to block for runners. He also (rightfully) does not trust Tony to throw down the field in the 4th quarter any longer. Romo (rightfully) does not trust Dez Bryant to run the correct route in crunch time (see Revis, Darrelle, interception). And I’m starting to wonder if I trust Garrett to run a balanced offense. I have given him free clearance in the past because the offensive line that HE put together is extremely poor. I am starting to wonder if that would matter at all. The man simply loves to call pass plays; even bad ones! (See: Shovel pass to Tashard Choice inside the 5 yard line) The Cowboys are the 3rd worst run-to-pass ratio in the NFL in an already pass-happy league.