In the first half the two teams seemed to being feeling each other and their offenses out a bit. Both had a little bend, but no give with each team. Mental mistakes cost the Cowboys big in the first half. The flip to Tashard Choice that ended in a fumble for a touchdown and a jump off sides by Orlando Scandrick on a Redskins field attempt left the Cowboys tough hole.
This lack of mental focus by the Cowboys seems to take over the game for the team and anchor any progress. This always leads to a costly flag or blown coverage and eventually turns the momentum against them. The team always seems to be trying to dig themselves out of a momentum deficit because of mental errors. The Cowboys and their coaching staff need to take control of games early and keep control. If not the Cowboys are going to continue to fall short of expectations and eventually the pressure could cause the deconstruction of the team from the inside out.
Towards the end of the 3rd quarter the Cowboys began to gain back some of the momentum with a touchdown drive capped by a throw to Miles Austin. On their next drive the line began to flex it’s muscle and impose it’s will on the Skin’s defense, but then they began to break down and after back to back penalties put themselves in a 3rd and 26 which they couldn’t convert. The Cowboys couldn’t keep the yellow off the field every time that they got a drive going. Alex Barron showed that he cannot handle the position without multiple holds.
Now of coarse mistakes can be attributed to road games and a loud disruptive crowd, but good teams prepare and can execute even in a hostile environment such as FedEx Field. But the team just let themselves fall into a hole that they could not pull themselves out of. The game came down to a final a final play and Alex Barron once again with a hold on the final play of what was a touchdown called back because Barron couldn’t handle the rush on the biggest play of the game and resulted in the play being nullified and the Cowboys loosing. It might be a good idea to have Sam Young or Robert Brewster come in if Marc Colombo isn’t ready to go. Right now anything looks better than the “Yellow Barron” right now. Whether or not they can pick themselves back up next week is yet to be seen.
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Written by David Willow
My name is David Willow. Your NFL and Fantasy Jedi. I have lived in Dallas, TX most of my life. I have been following both football and basketball since I was a child. I love being able to research and analyze different players and teams. I've been a fantasy sports enthusiast for around 8 years with some titles to back that. I have a Bachelors degree in History with a minor in English. Other hobbies include me being part of an acting workshop for five years, playing guitar, and working out. Hit me up with any comments, questions or opinions.