The Cowboys continued their baffling trend of being more turnover-prone in home games than road games this season. With three turnovers against the Redskins, Dallas has 18 in five games at Cowboys Stadium (3.6 per contest) but only six in its six road games. The Cowboys are 3-3 in road games, 2-3 in home games this season.
Owner Jerry Jones expressed frustration and surprise about the team’s struggles in its own building. Asked why the team struggles to protect the ball at home, Jones said: “I really don’t know.”
Tight end Jason Witten has an idea.
“It’s all a product of getting behind in games,” Witten said, citing the fact the team has faced double-digit deficits in four of its five home games, including Thursday. “We’ve got play better early in games so you can stay within the game plan ... When you’re coming from behind (teams take more chances) and you can’t play football that way. We’ve got to get that fixed.”
Jones also wants to see the team fix its 2-3 record in front of its home crowd. The Cowboys have three more home games in their next four contests.
“You can’t expect and you can’t plan and you can’t do things to not be able to play well at home,” Jones said. “You know that there are bigger challenges on the road. It’s very disappointing to be here. We’re good at coming back at home. You can’t ask for a crowd to be with you more than that crowd was when we started this game.”
Yet the crowd was silenced by a 28-0 surge by the Redskins in the second quarter.
“You suck all the air out of it with the combination of their good play and us not getting it done,” Jones said. “When you get somebody playing as good offensively as (Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III) was, you’ve got to answer.”
But the Cowboys did not. And now they’re 5-6 and running out of time to make a playoff push.
_ Jimmy Burch