Dallas Cowboy’ linebacker Sean Lee took one right on the chin last week against the Seattle Seahawks. It looks like it’s my turn this week.
Last week, I did not guarantee victory against the Seahawks. But I came fairly close. Man was I wrong. Not only did the Cowboys lose last week’s game but they did so in embarrassing fashion. This is not a sign of the apocalypse fans, so don’t go pointing fingers already at quarterback Tony Romo or owner/GM Jerry Jones as reasons for the downfall of the franchise. Simply take this one in and realize that the Cowboys are not invincible.
If anything let’s be happy we received this wake up call this early in the season and hope that we can swap this loss for one of those December meltdowns we’re so used to.
I, like all other people, am not perfect. Let me be the first to say that credit must be given where credit is due. Bravo to the Seahawks for what they were able to do, and in my opinion, for knocking us off of cloud nine and reminding us that one game does not make you champion. (unless it’s the Super Bowl, of course)
The Boys did not show up to play, plain and simple.
The only good news I take from all of this is that the team we saw on Sunday was not the same team we saw last Wednesday. They were slow and unprepared. And the thing that stuck out to me the most was the fast that it seemed like they almost didn’t even want it. That’s what hurt the most.
I say that because of one particular play. There was a moment in the game where Seahawks receiver Golden Tate peeled back and put his helmet right into the chin of Sean Lee.
Up to that point, the Boys seemed without emotion. We can argue all day about whether or not that was a personal foul or not. Or how ridiculous the call on linebacker Bruce Carter was on the exact same play. That’s not my argument. For a brief moment, I was almost excited that the flag wasn’t thrown because I felt that would be the motivation the Boys would need to get back into the game.
There’s nothing like seeing one of your comrades getting jacked in the jaw without a flag to get your motor going. As the next play rolled around, I knew the Hawks had it coming now. To my surprise, I continued to watch the “Marshawn Lynch Show” as he dragged our defense and the clock along with him.
At that moment, I had no more faith in that game.
As much as it pains me to say this, even two of our most reliable players looked lackluster. Tight end Jason Witten was dropping balls left and right and even linebacker Demarcus Ware looked like he was lacking that fire we’re so used to seeing.
Excuses can be made about the venue or almost anything else, but the fact of the matter is the Seahawks came to play. Enough said.
If there were any bright spots in this one, I sure struggled to find them. Wideout Miles Austin did make some nice plays and I was happy to see the look of determination on his face throughout the game. I also loved the fact that Sean Lee came back into the game only two plays after taking that punishing blow from Tate. That guy is a hoss, despite his teammates did not have his back after that play.
This game left me feeling like Terrell Owens after his famous “that’s my quarterback” speech. The good news is we have tons of season left. And although I lost my faith in this game, I have no doubt that the Cowboys will come back alive and determined.