Tell me I’m wrong. Please. I’m willing to listen to all reasonable excuses why the Dallas Cowboys gave up 623 yards to the Detroit Lions, 329 to Megatron alone. Sad.
Before I forget though, I would be remiss not to mention the uninspired quarterback play of Tony Romo. Who the heck was that under center? And what was his obsession with rookie wideout Terrance Williams?
This was not the same Romo that threw for 506 yards against the Denver Broncos. The gun-slinging Romo. The Romo I’ve always preferred because, since he became the starter, brought a style of QB play that breathed new life into the previously lifeless Cowboys. A game changer. If we wanted a game manager, one who perhaps threw fewer interceptions, we would start Kyle Orton, no?
We want the game changer, but on this day, Romo chose not to be that guy. For reasons that can probably be explained watching game film this week, Romo also chose not to involve another game changer the Cowboys have in their arsenal, Dez Bryant. Not soon enough, anyway (and then it was too little too late). The blow back of that choice was evident in the game and on the sideline and a bunch of articles will be written abut it this week.
Only Romo, it seemed, didn’t realize that Dez was in the game . Pass after pass went to the rookie, Williams, as CowboysNation (and Dez Bryant) sat there dumbfounded. To add insult to injury, the couple times Romo did throw Dez’s way, he threw behind or over him. Romo also seemed to forget about Cole Beasley and Jason Witten. Again, what the heck was that!
Anyway, because Tony Romo also didn’t throw passes to the Lions’ Calvin Johnson for 329 yards, it still comes back to the the Cowboys defense.
It’s not that the Cowboys defense didn’t try. In fact, Sean Lee, a rising star, almost single-handedly kept the Cowboys in the game with 2 interceptions and the Cowboys pass rush put pressure on Lions QB, Matthew Stafford, many times throughout the game.
Still, with that, it looks like this years Cowboys defense will have to rely on turnovers, a lot of them, to compensate for the smell – I mean, crap-load of yards, and points – they give up every game.