Buehler? Buehler? Buehler? It’s an obvious tag that Dallas’ kicker has had since coming into the league, but after the team’s loss to the Cardinals due to a missed PAT fans have asking the same thing. Where is Buehler? After a late field goal that proved to be a game winner and going 9 for 11 on field goals and no PATs failed, Buehler misses a gimme in Arizona that would put the Cowboys up 3 and at least insure overtime if the Cardinals were to drive the field afterward. Which, you guessed it, they did. Buehler’s miss would also be a little more forgivable had he not been in a dome with no wind maybe pull the ball after the kick. Shayne Graham miss his point after attempt a few weeks back, but he was in the snow and in windy Chicago. Tsk Tsk, I think our David Buehler experiment should be over after this season. Please Jerry.
Now though the missed kick is the focus of the Cowboys’ loss, it certainly isn’t the reason. The team played bad all game long, and our problems on the O-line are becoming more obvious. Marc Colombo could not hold down the right side, whether is Calais Campbell or Darnell Dockett, Kitna saw pressure and constant hits which eventually landed him on the bench and injured. Everyone got to take a look at Stephen McGee, who filled in admirably and was able to find Miles Austin late in the game for what looked to possibly be the go ahead touchdown. The Cardinals and Buehler proved otherwise afterward. McGee, though he played well, only had a few series and may very well get to finish the year for the Boys next week against Philly. So fans will finally get to see what the Texas A&M product can offer as a back up. Before everyone gets on board the Steven McGee train though, consider that when he threw the team was down and in obvious pass situations with less of a rush coming and the Cardinals despite last night are soft on defense. I won’t condemn him, but I will say temper expectations against a sturdier Eagles defense that could be playing for a 1st round bye next week.
In the end, the Cowboys showed us that despite their great games since Garrett came in, that they are who we thought they were (ahhh what a great set up). They are still bad on the O-line and bad in the secondary. These issues all will need some real attention over the off season if the Cowboys want to improve on their team. Otherwise, we’ll be seeing a lot of this same situation next year.
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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.