10 Reasons The Cowboys Were Shocked by The Chargers on Sunday

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The Dallas Cowboys were surprisingly defeated by the San Diego Chargers at home on Sunday afternoon, 30-21. The Cowboys came into the game riding high from a 31-7 victory over the St. Louis Rams the week before. And the Chargers were reeling from a last second defeat to the Tennessee Titans. Yet, San Diego’s defense was able to stop Dallas from scoring in three of the game’s four quarters. All while their quarterback, Phillip Rivers, effectively picked apart the touted Dallas defense for over 400 yards passing. Here are ten more reasons the Cowboys lost to the Chargers on Sunday:

Sep 29, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Ware (94) on the bench prior to the game against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

10. DeMarcus Ware Disappeared

Dallas defensive end DeMarcus Ware has reemerged this season as a dominant force in the pass rush. After injury had slowed down the future Hall of Famer last year, this season he appeared healthier and faster than ever.

In the Cowboys first game against the New York Giants, Ware recorded an interception on the very first play from scrimmage, setting a defensive tone for the season. In the last two games, Ware has constantly pressured the quarterback and recorded four sacks in that time.

In today’s game against the Chargers, Ware all but disappeared. He recorded just two tackles and his name was never mentioned once. He did suffer from two stingers in practice last week, which might account for his ineffectiveness. But Ware was supposed to thrive against a banged up Chargers offensive line. Instead, he got manhandled. Rivers was sacked just once in the game, and it was not by the Cowboys all-time sack leader.

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  • sammie

    Im going to say this the play calling sucks jason Garrett doesn’t know how to manage the clock and kiffen came in with dome terrible defense of plays what were u coaches thinking while S.PRATT

  • sammie

    The referee s were cheating for the charges not calling holding on there offense of line they were holding the hold time we need better referees

  • Lem

    Bottom line the Cowboys just got out coached by a 1st. timer. The Chargers have a better QB (no happy feet) with his best receiver out. SD has the worst defense in the NFL and without their best pass rusher, (went out in the 1st. qtr.). Romo had good numbers but when he made the good throw that was needed it was dropped. I guess the coaching staff should not feel to bad because SD has had less talent than every team they have played this year and all games have been 3 point affairs. “Oh” that’s right more than 3 point loss the Cowboys coaching sucks. Plenty of talent and excuses for the loss.

    • David Kerr

      I agree that the cowboys were out coached as you said. But not by a first timer. Ken wisenhunt has had the cowboys number for years(3 wins with Arizona). I’m not exactly sure why but Dallas just can’t get it done against his offense

  • disqus_kLJwdEdnOL

    I am sick and tired of hearing writers talking about Austin’s hamstring problems that so often occur that he is basically non-existent. His absence should no longer be used as an excuse for losing. Develop Williams. Even though he makes rookie mistakes at least he may be able to stay on the field and develop into a reliable receiver. Why the Cowboys don’t try to establish the run is beyond understanding. Surely the coaches are smart enough to know its importance. Romo tries to force the ball too much into Whitten. If he is going to attempt to force the ball into somebody Dez is by far the best choice. I posted before the season began that the Cowboys are mediocre at best and one of the reasons is their inability to make efficient use of their talent. The only hope for the Cowboys to make a post season appearance is the possibility that for the first time in NFL history a team with a losing record may win their division.

  • TiredProgrammer

    Complete and total lack of leadership either on or off the field! Garrett is the worse HC in the world! Romo has never shown any leadership abilities! No one on the team seems willing to follow either Garrett or Romo!

  • TiredProgrammer

    As a long time Cowboys fan, I really and truly hate to see what Manning and Denver do to the Boys this next weekend!!!! I may just go play golf and not watch!