The Dallas Cowboys are probably the only team in the National Football League without a true home-field advantage. The Philadelphia Eagles come to town tonight to play the 5-6 Dallas Cowboys. The game is on Sunday Night Football. Unfortunately, Dallas will find a way to lose this game and here is why.
No true home-field advantage.
Surprisingly enough,Dallas playing at home is almost a guaranteed lost these days. Since the move to Cowboys Stadium in 2009 they Cowboys are 15-14 in that stadium. After theChicago Bears game, fans were saying it was more like a Bears home game than it was the Cowboys home game. Best assumption here is the fact that regular fans cannot afford the ticket prices and that leave corporate types at the stadium to represent the loud and rowdy fans. In this stadium, more trips, false starts, and confusion seem more present than on the road. Not to mention that Cowboy fans tend to show up on the road more so than at home games. Here’s an interesting fact to chew on as well. At home quarterback Tony Romo has thrown 12 of his 15 interceptions.
It’s Sunday night football.
The Cowboys haven’t won on Sunday night football in the two seasons Jason Garrett has been head coach, unless you count the Wednesday night kick off against the New York Giants in week 1. Dallas seems to play even more mediocre on prime time games as opposed to the rest of the time.
Jason Garrett still calls the plays and they still can’t score in the red-zone.
This is an obvious one. Jason Garrett is still the head coach and still the offensive coordinator and main play caller for the Dallas Cowboys. Jason Garrett hasn’t figured out how to clock manage as well as balance play call the games yet. If most of the fans can figure out which play is coming next, than any defensive coordinator in the league knows what play is coming next.
The other problem is the Cowboys are still kicking field goals in the red-zone as opposed to scoring touchdowns. Relying on kicker Dan Bailey to kick field goals is becoming an old hat. A lot of fans like Bailey because he is consistent, one of the few who are on the team, however, most fans would prefer him kicking extra points instead of field goals.
Dallas still has no offensive line.
This one is another obvious one. The offensive line has continually gotten worse as the season has gone on. There is an obvious lack of depth at the position plus Bill Callahan who was supposed to save the Cowboys offensive line has turn around and decimated it just as he did in Nebraska when he was head coach there. Funny, the Cowboys went out and signed a wide receiver this past week, and depth at wide receiver is there, but yet they still managed not to do anything to assist the offensive line.
Finally, Dallas has yet to put four good quarters together.
One of the most noticeable things about the Dallas Cowboys this season, with the exception of week 1, is the fact that they either come out strong in the first half or they come out strong in the second half. This team isn’t conditioned to go a full four quarters so they a half team. They need to get it together and start putting four good quarters together.
These are the most obvious reasons why Dallas won’t win later today against the Philadelphia Eagles. Look for the Eagles to squeak out a win, especially now that the Eagles are out of the playoff race this season, they will be playing spoiler and it starts tonight in Arlington.