The comedy of errors continues for “Team Breakdown”. The stigma of a team of a team with a ton of talent that repeatedly plays at a mediocre level continues in a 34-7 blowout loss to the Eagles.
From the get-go the Eagles dominated the Cowboys offensively with LeSean McCoy taking advantage of a lackluster Cowboys defense that looked slow and confused, and ripping off 185 yards and 2 touchdowns on the ground. Rob Ryan’s boastful preseason remarks about kicking the Eagles butt rang hollow from the start of the game. The Eagles took advantage of the underneath routes as the Cowboys looked to cut off the deep routes.
On the offensive side many are left wondering how it is that the talent level of players such as Dez Bryant, Miles Austin, and Jason Witten could be so stifled. The general malaise of the offense and the rest of the team was apparent throughout the game. Though many will point the finger to the “Field General” Tony Romo, I would argue that the play calling of Jason Garrett should take the spotlight in this instance.
Jason Garrett has seemed to be repeatedly calling pass plays in games where the tempo needs to be slowed down and controlled, especially when a team is gashing your defense the Eagles were, and in a game where DeMarco Murray ripped off runs of 26, 20, and 15 yards in just the first 2 quarters leaves cause for question. I don’t personally enjoy questioning the methods of a head coach or his staff, because I’m not on the field immersed in every little detail that is coming in, but in this instance it’s hard not to. Why not attack a team’s weakness and slow down the game when you’re having success?
It’s also about time we gave up on “Marty B”, who is clearly not what we drafted him to be. John Phillips has shown to be a superior blocker and clearly has better hands than Bennett, deserves to be in over Bennett in every instance unless injury dictates otherwise. There have too many blown opportunities and dropped balls in crucial moments to rely of Bennett for anything else.
A few positives to take away were that DeMarco Murray ran well finding space and hitting the holes without hesitation on the few carries he had, DeMarcus Ware and Tony Romo, who will probably be overlooked in this aspect, played hard the entire game despite it being out of reach which is more than can be said for most of the team.
The Cowboys suffered a beat down plain and simple. What will define the rest of their season now, is how they respond to this. They get the bottom dwelling Seattle Seahawks this next week, and they should take them very serious as they look to rebound.
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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.