The Final Word From Saturday's Loss

We're Still The Best At One Thing (Hint: Not Pyrotechnics)

Dallas Cowboys-related Tweet of the week: @korkedbats “If Santa Claus isn’t real, then how do you explain this fat, white haired man on the Cowboys sideline gifting points for the Eagles?”

It’s hard to really write about the game on Saturday, given the obvious fact that our ‘Boys weren’t playing their A team. Hey, at times it was even hard to watch. Of course you know by now all about Tony Romo’s swollen right hand (which will be the most talked-about hand in Dallas), and also the Cowboys’ optimism that he will be able to play Sunday night at MetLife Stadium. While personally, I think it’s a little bit sad to mail in the final home game against a division rival, but I guess I can understand. Final Word(s) coming up…

-I didn’t hate what I saw from Stephen McGee. He obviously wasn’t terribly impressive, but he certainly wasn’t terrible, either. He showed the ability to make plays with his legs and some zip on the sideline routes, but he was mostly inaccurate and showed poor clock management (or was that Garrett?). Of course, the Eagles excellent pass rush might have something to do with that.

-A Bruce Carter blocked punt is all that prevented us from being shut out at home. Ever since the second quarter, my family and I were calling for more snaps for Bruce Carter. Why not give him more snaps with the game basically out-of-hand? On that note, why not give more snaps to Jeremy Parnell, Sam Young, and Jesse Holley?

-A big question mark going into next year is what the Cowboys will do with Kevin Ogletree. As much as I might like his connection to UVA, he really hasn’t done much to earn a spot on the roster, especially with Dwayne Harris getting more comfortable returning kicks. Even though Holley hasn’t had a catch since Arizona, he’s still 7-7 in terms of targets and completions.

-The Cowboys only got flagged for six penalties for 47 yards, the third fewest penalties on the season (depressing, isn’t it). Even though one was on the first play of the game (Ware was a bit too excited), hopefully this is a positive turnaround for Sunday night.

-Mat McBriar had one of his better days of the season, pinning a season-high five punts inside the 20. Of course, he did have plenty of practice on a day the offense was stagnant, but it’s good to see his health being able to handle nine punts.

In short, Jason Garrett has been known to say that momentum does not carry from week to week. Everybody in Cowboys Nation is praying that he’s right. The Giants had very little receiving output from everyone whose name doesn’t rhyme with ‘bruise’ and neither Bradshaw or Jacobs got 60 yards on the ground. Remember what Manning did to our secondary a few weeks ago? I see another shootout, this time for the division crown and a playoff berth.

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