So it looks like the worst has happened for the Cowboys so far this season. They dropped their home opener to the Chicago Bears.
Even with the return of both Kyle Kosier and Marc Colombo, the Bears effectively shut down the Dallas run game. Colombo and Kosier also showed a bit of rust with 2 false starts and a holding penalty. It looked like the lack of preseason play took it’s toll on the two, and the line itself didn’t seem to be working cohesively.
Once again this week the Cowboys made a bunch of mental mistakes and miscues that ended up being drive killers. The Cowboys were forced into throwing the ball more than they probably intended to. Again this week, Dallas couldn’t seem to get a positive momentum building drive.
Buehler’s missed field goal was probably the biggest momentum killers. The Cowboys were wrestling back some control of the game and the missed kick really took the wind out of their sails. This was followed by a Roy Williams fumble which was the dagger in the heart for the Cowboys. Chicago followed with what seemed like an effortless drive capped with a Matt Forte touchdown and Dallas couldn’t recover.
The frustration seemed evident, but the demeanor of the team seemed to consist more of shoulder slumping disappointment. This team needs an emotional, fiery leader, which is probably why there was so much hype around the possibility of Ray Lewis landing in Dallas a few seasons back. If Dallas could land a leader like that, who could also back it up with his play, the difference on this team would be very noticeable. Nobody on the team seems to have that “We’re not beaten until the last whistle blows” mentality.
Now the Cowboys will travel to play instate rivals, the Houston Texans, who are coming off an impressive comeback victory over the Washington Redskins. The Texans are red hot and will be at home. The odds only get worse against one of the best pass attacks in the league with the Cowboys possibly losing Michael Jenkins for the game. Jenkins left the game with a knee injury, and needed a great deal of help to get to the bench. The Cowboys only have Terence Newman and Orlando Scandrick as starting corners in an already vulnerable secondary.
Things are looking pretty bleak for the Boys after week 2 and with their schedule, it doesn’t look to get better anytime soon.
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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.