So the Cowboys are 1-3 after their loss to the Titans. So what happened? Tony Romo threw for 406 yards and 3 touchdowns, and Felix Jones ran for 109 yards. The offense was working well at most points in the game and they still fell short.
It comes down, again, to penalties and trouble with the offensive line. Along with break downs in containment of Chris Johnson, a terrible special teams play, and giving up deep passes to the Tennessee wide outs. If fact, for as much as there was working for the Boys, they managed to work just as much against themselves.
The positives coming out of the game, though there are few, are that Roy Williams is looking more and more like the wide out that they traded for and is helping to open up the pass game for the team. Williams had 6 receptions for 87 yards and a touchdown and was a reliable option for Romo throughout the game. A little more surprising to see, was the commitment to Felix Jones running the ball. Jones got 15 of the 21 run plays to the running backs and was a viable option on check downs. He ended up with 126 total yards.
The trend seems to be penalties against the Cowboys that end up keeping the drive alive for the opposing teams. The team had a total of 12 penalties for 133 yards, and they are now averaging 7 penalties a game. Mental mistakes are costing the team in every game and in the end it comes down to being undisciplined. It’s not only they players responsibility, but it is largely the responsibility of the coaches to instill this discipline on each of the players especially when has been such a costly factor in each of the games this season. This lack of discipline was also apparent during individual plays, such as Michael Jenkins lack of concentration on a deep pass towards the end of the first half that should have been an easy interception. Or even Doug Free’s attempt at going for a low block too early that lead to Alterraun Verner’s pick that left Tennessee on the 1 yard line for an easy 6.
Probably the most disappointing thing that seems to be prevalent during each of the games the Cowboys have, is the disenchanted and lost looks on they players faced along the sidelines when they’re down. This doesn’t lead one to think that they are determined to go in make a game changing play. This isn’t to say they should always be hyped up on the sidelines when they’re down, but there is never a look of determination on the team’s faces, just mostly befuddled looks. Not a very inspirational sight.
With the Minnesota Vikings next on the schedule and a newly returning Randy Moss, who has had a good history against the team that passed him up in the draft, things are not looking very good for the Cowboys right now.
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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.