Two games, two drastically different turnover ratios, two different outcomes. The moral of the story here? Turnovers giveth, and they taketh away.
If there was ever a doubt as to the “make or break” effect turnovers have on game outcomes, Dallas provided two perfect examples (one on each end of the spectrum) in their first two games of the season.
The second game of the Cowboy’s season was very reminiscent of last year, and the “close but no cigar” feeling that settled in after every painful loss. In my opinion, this shows us in black and white what plagued us last year, and what it is going to take to make this year different.
Turnovers. Last year we were constantly on the wrong side of the turnover ratio, and the result was half a season that looked like last week. The difference this season is going to be whether we can win the turnover battle more often than not, giving us a playoff worthy record come December.
I think we have the defense that can do it, we just need the defense that showed up week one as opposed to week two. Did we back off the aggressiveness a bit in the wake of Eli Manning’s 450 yard passing performance? It’s important to remember that we won that game, perhaps the Cowboys organization needs to adopt more of an “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” perspective on things.
I do understand the need and desire to get that kind of passing yardage under control, but not at the sacrifice of the very thing that gave us the winning advantage. I say continue with the same level of aggressiveness while working on improving the coverage under the current scheme. Don’t back off of what’s working in an attempt to try and improve something else.
Much credit has to be given to Andy Reid, the most winning coach versus the Cowboys. This guy always seems to have our number, let’s just be thankful he is no longer in our division.