Oct 21, 2012; Charlotte, NC, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) reacts in the fourth quarter. The Cowboys defeated the Panthers 19-14 at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-US PRESSWIRE

Just Your Average Dallas Cowboys

The Dallas Cowboys won yesterday,  beating the Carolina Panthers and their dynamic, star QB, Cam Newton by a not so dynamic score of 19 -14.  A pedestrian final score, for sure, considering that these teams prolific offenses are used to reaching the end zone a lot more often… But that was last year.   This year, the now 1 and 5 Panthers are – like the Cowboys – struggling.

We are hearing that Cam Newton has regressed this year, (not unlike what we hear about Cowboys QB, Tony Romo).  We hear that the Cowboys should beat this Panthers team, but you never know with these Cowboys.  No longer, by no fault but their own, are we just happy the Cowboys won.  Instead, many of us find ourselves relieved they won.

How many interceptions did Romo throw? (none in this game)  How many mistakes did the offensive line make?  How many balls did the receivers drop?  When will Cowboys Head Coach, Jason Garrett’s  game management skills, or lack there of,  show up and affect the outcome of the game?  Who will be the biggest disappointment in this game?  Who will get bit by the injury bug next?  These are the things we now look for when we sit down and watch our Cowboys.  This is what Cowboys Nation has been reduced to.

Maybe it’s just me.

Oct 21, 2012; Charlotte, NC, USA; Dallas Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne (24) celebrates with linebacker Orie Lemon (58) after making an interception in the end zone in the second quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-US PRESSWIRE

I want be be excited and happy again when our Cowboys win:  “Garrett, you Red Headed Genius, you!.  “Man, Romo was lights out today!” “SuperBowl, here we come!”.   I want to be mad as hell when we lose:  “Romo sucks!”  Garrett sucks!”  “Jerry Jones sucks!”  But right now, so far this year, that elation has been beat out of me by the combination of the roller coaster ride the Cowboys are on, the individual play of the stars on our team, and all  the chatter that the team generates in the sports media.  I’m calling it, ‘Post traumatic Dallas Cowboy’s fan syndrome’

The Cowboys won and that’s whats important.  Let’s hope we can get on a role and break (me) out of this malaise.   As for today,  the Cowboys have 3 wins and 3 losses – 99 wins and 99 losses for the decade.  Just your average Dallas Cowboys.

Points and Observations:

-with all the offensive struggles,  I sometimes forget that our defense is pretty good – especially when DE Anthony Spencer plays.

-It was a little scary to see LB, Sean Lee, go out of the game with an injury (big toe) but LB, Dan Conner, filled in admirably.  A pleasant surprise.

-Congratulations CB, Mo Claiborne, on your first NFL interception.  Here’s to many more.

-Right about now, back up center, Ryan Cook, looks like a great pick up in a trade at the last minute of the pre season.  At the same turn, how bad is our offensive line that we are so pleased by this off-cast lineman from the Minnesota Vikings and then the Miami Dolphins?

-Judging by Romo’s reactions, the Cowboys receivers are not on the same page.  All 3 starting WRs were on this team the last couple years, so when did this happen?

-Artie Cappello


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  • kurumba

    Look the Penrith victory was fine and in my books Dallas should definetly be 4-2 with two good road wins back to back. Beating Maria Manning at home next week has become a distinct possibilty because of the hardened mindset two strong road battles have generated. The offense just needs to keep getting tougher and stronger and to minimise the erratic turnovers. Keep playing Tanner & if possible incorporate Dunbar into the offense. Hanna and Beasley also deserve a shot at catching passes.

  • californy

    Our record may show average but I think we are at a level bellow many of these average team. I dont know whether this team can win team like Washington or the Rams who have a record worst than us at 3-4. I have the boys 11th best team in the NFC confrence base on how we are playing. We were out ran and out pass yesterday by Cam newton. One of our top WR Dez had 2 catches for 14 yards against a bad defense. It hard to believe we dont have another better WR than Ogletree on this team who has 21 catches for 248 yards. If we dont we are in worst trouble than I though. These are all career number by Ogletree, but I believe the third WR should be thriving in this offense. Ogletree number come out to like 41 yards per game. It will be hard for this team just to finished at 8-8 this year, especially with the meat of this schedule coming up in this season.

  • kurumba

    With Sean Lee gone the OFFENSE must pick up its production. Now its quite obvious that more points will have to be scored to win games. Long drives were mounted against Cam Newton’s Penrith Panthers but too few points were scored. That will not get it done with Maria Manning & Co upcoming. Ogletree is too erratic to continue to rely on. Thus James Hanna and either Dwayne Harris OR Cole Beasley MUST be incorporated into the passing game. I would start using two TE sets a la Belichick and spread the defenses out regularly: use Witten left and Hanna right down the park. Hanna is a very good athletic player and with a bigger reach than Ogletree. Hanna can make Gronk style 30 yard catches – he did so in pre season. For the ground game Tanner & Dunbar should see 20+ rushes and screens between them complementing the 25 or so touches that Felix Jones will get. Tanner’s value to the team should NOT be underestimated: he runs & plays tough. Tanner’s on field demeanour and presence also appears to toughen up the mentality of the OL and even Romo. In two road games with a much greater emphasis on RUNNING THE FOOTBALL and with Tanner strongly involved Romo has ONE INTERCEPTION! This is I believe due to the fact that Romo is much more comfortbale knowing that half the game or more will be short passes and running plays. Less QB stress = less idiotic panic throws. No good sulking about the loss of Lee: its up to Spencer, Ware, Ratliff, Carter, Hatcher, Carr, Claiborne, Sensabaugh and the OFFENSE TO GET MAD and take it out on upcoming opponents starting with the NY Football Giants.