Oct 27, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (81) gets away from Dallas Cowboys free safety Barry Church (42) and defensive back Jeff Heath (38) during the first quarter at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Cowboys Defense Is Horrible; Turnovers Just Mask The Stink

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.

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  • Old Frog

    I agree – too much Williams, not enough Dez, and Romo was asleep. Everytime they cut to Romo on the sidelines he looked cool, calm, and collected even in the face of Bryant’s tirade – a journeyman QB just putting in another day at the office. I understand the benefits of a QB who doesn’t get rattled during a game but I would like to have seen just a little of Dez’s passion. He looked very ho hum during the entire game. That’s Ok when you’re up by 20 – not so good when the game is close enough to lose in the last 5 minutes. There was no obvious fire in his belly and not nearly enough completed passes.

  • Troy Spurlock

    Romo makes me sick….. I used to defend him and say how good a QB he was for years. He ‘s terrible. He threw for 500 yards against a Denver team that is 10 times better than the Lions. But he couldn’t find his #1 WR against the worst Secondary in football. I am tired of this team loosing the same way year after year. If we could just solve our 3 biggest problem we ll be great again. Problems: #1 Jerry Jones- #2 Jason Garret-#3 Tony Romo. Enough said..

  • jrcowboy49

    In spite of Romo’s poor performance, Dallas had a 10 point lead in the 4th qtr thanks to the defense, and OC Callahan’s conservative play calling the last 4 minutes gave away the game! Calling for running plays that had little impact throughout the game was not going to run out a 4 minute play clock and resulted in a 3 and out! The defense was expecting the run with 8 in the box and shut Dallas down when one or two 1st downs would have clinched the win. Garrett should have over ruled Callahan and went with the pass. As a result of their blunder Dallas lost and if I was the GM both would be fired!

  • Michael Vu

    Romo seems to be going under the radar. He was at fault too. No excuses. His throws were off, and especially off on Bryant’s slant across the field — which would have gave 88 a 4th catch. (4? Really?)