Despite The Dallas Cowboys passing for a record 506 yards last Sunday, it wasn’t enough to beat the undefeated Denver Broncos. There is plenty of blame to go around for the loss, but today’s poll question is who do you blame “most” for the loss. Here’s a list of the likely culprits.
Quarterback Tony Romo – The nine-year veteran had arguably the game of his life. Romo went 25 of 36, for 506 passing yards and five touchdowns. But it was his last minute unlucky interception that cost the Cowboys the game. It is also true that the Cowboys wouldn’t have been in that situation without Romo’s excellent play up to that point. It’s hard to blame him for the loss after having the best game of career. Especially after you consider his throw on his lone interception was effected by stepping on the back heel of tackle Tyron Smith. But many fans are jumping on that bandwagon regardless.
The Dallas Defense – The Monte Kiffn defense preached turnovers in the off-season. Unfortunately, they apparently forgot how to defend the pass in the process. This is the second consecutive week they have been burned in the passing game. And they flashed this weakness in Week One when they gave up 450 passing yards and four touchdowns to the New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning. The defense allowed Denver to put up 517 yards and 51 points on Sunday. No one was surprised by that, considering the defenses’ past poor play and the Rocky Mountain Express rolling through town. Still, actually seeing how easily it happen was shocking.
Lack of a Running Game – Obviously, the Cowboys had their passing game dialed in. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said about their running game. Running back DeMarco Murray ran the ball well early, even scoring his second rushing touchdown of the season. But the running game all but disappeared in the second half of Sunday’s loss as Bill Callahan’s playcalling got “pass” happy. And why not? The passing game was going off like gangbusters. But in a tied ball-game, with two minutes left in the game, successfully running the ball might have been a better option for running out the clock then passing. And the key term there is “successfully”. A lot of the failure of the running game has to lay at Murray’s feet as well. He has way too many one and two yard runs for a featured back. It’s often the reason Callahan and Dallas look to pass more.
Peyton Manning – With Manning at the helm, the Bronco’s were averaging 44.5 points per game prior to coming into AT&T Stadium on Sunday. Dropping 51 on the Boys was simply an average day for the 37-year old veteran quarterback, who is on an unbelievable tear right now. Twenty touchdowns and one interception in five games is a heck of a run. But Romo did prove one thing on Sunday. He can hang with the big boys. And you gotta respect that.
Which of the above do you blame for Sunday’s loss? Let us know below.