I guess the best way to start off this blog is to say it was an up-hill battle after less than 5 minutes into the game for the Dallas Cowboys. Before you blinked an eye, got comfortable on the couch, BAM, it was 14-0 Arizona. 2 Jon Kitna interceptions as we in football lingo call it, pick-6 on the first two Cowboy possessions and the game was all but over. Well use that term lightly as I was confident the Cowboys would make a comeback and that they did but to no avail as David Buehler ‘squid kicked’ a point after attempt and final score was 27-26 Arizona.
What went wrong? well first of all the Cowboys as noted above got off to that bad start which made the climb up the hill all that harder.
Did the Cowboys really play that bad? not at all, the running game for the Cowboys was moving the ball well, even with rookie quarterback making his first NFL snaps Stephen McGee moved the ball well and even got the Cowboys the lead with less than 2 minutes left in the game. Some of the problems that arose was McGee showed some lapse with using the time-outs quickly but kudos to McGee for getting the late TD.
The Cowboys held a huge time of possession over the Cardinals, it was missed opportunities, the offensive line giving up sacks and Marc Columbo, you know better, in fact you are a better lineman than yesterday showed. Columbo owes QB Jon Kitna a dinner, new car, watch, something as half the sacks given up by the Cowboys could be due to Columbo reading the newspaper out there and watching ‘D’ men walk right past him.
Really the whole Dallas defense did not play up to what their standards could be / should be. They in fact made Arizona rookie QB Skeleton look far better than he really is. The long bomb for 6 did not help the Dallas corners, falling down. I will not go as far as saying that Dallas gave up as they did mount a nice comeback and I was still convinced the Cowboys were going to come out with the victory but who misses an extra point?. brutal especially after the offence gave the Cowboys the lead with less than 2 minutes left.
Jason Witten was his usual ‘security blanket’ for the Cowboys and in fact sometimes I think whether it be Kitna or McGee, they looked for Witten too much considering the Cowboys have such a strong core of wide receivers. note: Roy Williams did not look happy on the sidelines in the 4th quarter.
As we approach the last week of this years NFL season, it will be a big test for the Dallas Cowboys, Jason Garrett and a big game in Philly. Philly will be on a really short week with their game being played on Tuesday night instead of the original Sunday night it was scheduled for.
Lots of homework to do for the Cowboys as to not throw in the towel and show the Eagles the love/hate relantionship they have.
see ya later on in the week, hope everyone had a great holiday, hey, at least the game was exciting….
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Written by Glenn Stants