By now it should be no surprise that not only did the Dallas Cowboys lose to the New York Giants at home but did so in painfully entertaining fashion. I can just see/hear Jerry Jones saying in his own version of the Roman Coliseum: "Are you not entertained?!"
Keeping with the Greek tragedy theme that is Dallas Cowboys football ... things do not look good. It's so bad the fans are booing breast cancer awareness at Cowboys Stadium. These and other hard truths from the Dallas Cowboys' 29-24 loss against the New York Giants on Sunday.
1. Tony Romo. Romo attempted 62 passes, was sacked four times which means there were a total of 66 times he was asked to pass. That is a recipe for error. Credit Romo for standing in there and continually coming, and never being deterred, but ... nothing changes the fact he has 13 interceptions this season against 9 TDs.
He leads the NFL in interceptions. At this rate he is projected to throw a career-high 30 interceptions.
3. Instant replay. The Cowboys picked the wrong time to have the real officials call this game. If the Cowboys had the same non-union refs that called the Seahawks/Packers game they would be celebrating a win. Instead, the crew nailed the amazing Dez Bryant catch was out of bounds (barely) in the final seconds.
Imagine if the technology did not exist to zoom in on Dez's hand that was out of bounds by an inch or two.
4. The running game. Pathetic. Yes, the Cowboys were behind so big so quickly there was no chance the team could run, but 19 yards on 17 carries is terrible. The Cowboys average 3.6 yards per carry this season.
5. Jason Pierre-Paul. The NY Giants defensive end was actually blocked well by Tyron Smith on his pick six play; JPP is so big and so athletic that sometimes there is nothing you can do. The man who pressured Romo on that particular play was Chris Canty. Yes, the same Chris Canty who underwhlemed from his days with the Cowboys.
6. Defensive coordinator Rob Ryan. This loss is not on the Cowboys defense at all. Losing linebacker Sean Lee hurt, but the defense limited the Giants to 3 of 15 on 3rd downs, 11 first downs, 3.7 yards per carry, and limited Eli Manning to 190 yards passing.
7. Kevin Ogletree. Done. The Cowboys never did find a third WR.
8. Dez Bryant. Out of words. Maybe the single most frustrating player in the NFL. One step forward, three steps back. Every great play is usually quickly negated. He is the human eraser.
9. Three plays in 10 seconds. NY Giants coach Tom Coughlin commented that he had never seen three plays run in 10 seconds, such as the Cowboys were able to do in the final moments. That is a real home field advantage.
10. Jason Garrett. The Dallas Cowboys are 16-15 in his tenure.
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