10 Reasons The Cowboys Were Shocked by The Chargers on Sunday

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Sep 29, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; Dallas Cowboys receiver Terrance Williams (83) fumbles into the end zone during the second half against the Dallas Cowboys at Qualcomm Stadium. The Chargers won 30-21. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

9. Miles Austin’s Hamstring Injury

The Cowboys receiver corps was banged up themselves coming into Sunday’s game against the Chargers. Veteran receiver Miles Austin missed today’s game due to a hamstring injury he suffered against the Rams in Week Three. Although considered “not serious” at first, Austin couldn’t practice all week and was considered day-to-day. He has been plagued by hamstring issues for the past couple seasons. Still Dallas was confident they could get the job done using Dwayne Harris, Cole Beasley and Terrance Williams to fill-in. Unfortunately, their overall inexperience hurt the Cowboys offensive efficiency.

During a 38 yard punt return, Harris appeared to re-injure his hip and had almost no impact on the offensive side of the ball for Dallas. He had suffered a hip pointer injury last week and was unable to practice all week as well.

Beasley finished the day with three receptions for 16 yards on three targets. He also had a false start penalty that help stall a Cowboys drive in the third quarter.

And Williams, after having an early dropped pass, came back strong making his next seven receptions for 71 yards. Then he made a rookie mistake by trying to do too much and fumbled the ball late in the fourth quarter stretching out for a touchdown. His mistake, although not the sole reason the Cowboys lost this game, did end any hopes Dallas had of making a comeback.

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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!