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Twenty-three (48%) of the Cowboys' games under Garrett have been decided by three points or less, in OT, or in some crazy last-second variety.
The rant is always if they just won those bleepin' games this would be a playoff team. It's impossible to win all of the close games because this league is so close. But upon closer inspection of these selected games you will see the Cowboys have blown their fare share of games, and won when they should not have. Overall, they have lost more than they should have.
This is an inexact science, and some of it requires the eye-ball test.
2010: Six games; 3-3. Should have been 3-3.
2011: Nine games; 4-5. Should have been 8-1.
2012: Five games; 3-2. Should have been 1-4.
2013: Three games; 0-3. Should be 2-1.
The Cowboys are 10-13 in those games. They should be 14-9.
Again, this is inexact but take a look for yourself:
Nov. 25, 2010 Saints 30, Cowboys 27
On Thanksgiving, the Cowboys trailed 23-20 going into the fourth quarter. They took a 27-23 lead with 5:56 remaining in the game.
The Cowboys could have put the game away when QB Jon Kitna hit receiver Roy Williams for a 47-yard gain but he was stripped by Malcolm Jenkins at the Saints’ 11.
Four plays later, with 2:25 remaining, Drew Brees found Robert Meachem for a 55-yard gain to the Cowboys’ 12 that set up the game-winning score.
The Cowboys missed a potential long field goal to tie at the end.
Should the Cowboys have won: YES. They blew it.
Dec. 4, 2010 Cowboys 38, Colts 35 (ot)
The Cowboys led 27-14 going into the fourth quarter; the Colts scored 21 fourth-quarter points to force overtime. The Cowboys intercepted Peyton Manning a fourth time in the OT and won on a field goal.
Should the Cowboys have won: YES. This team was the beginning of the slide for Manning in Indy; he had no defense.
Dec. 12, 2010 Eagles 30, Cowboys 27
The Cowboys led 20-17 after three quarters, but the Eagles slowly grinded away and led 30-20 with 8:19 remaining. The Eagles were the better team.
Should the Cowboys have won: NO.
Dec. 19, 2010 Cowboys 33, Redskins 30
The Cowboys led 30-14 going into the fourth. Neither team was very good.
Should the Cowboys have won: YES.
Dec. 25, 2010 Cardinals 27, Cowboys 26
The Cardinals led 21-3 in the second quarter and 21-20 after three. Cowboys QB Jon Kitna suffered an injury during the game, which put third stringer Stephen McGee, who led a TD drive in the fourth quarter for a 26-24 lead. The Cardinals won it on a last second field goal by Jay Feely.
Should the Cowboys have won: NO. They had the lead in the fourth quarter, but they were chasing this team on the road the entire way.
Jan. 2, 2011 Cowboys 14, Eagles 13
The final game of the season, the Eagles were not concerned about the final score as they were preparing for the playoffs.
The Eagles led 13-7 midway through the fourth quarter; the Cowboys won when McGee completed a 4-yard TD pass to Jason Witten with :59 seconds remaining.
Should the Cowboys have won: NO. The Eagles weren’t trying.
Sept. 11, 2011 NY Jets 27, Cowboys 24
in New Jersey
The Cowboys led 24-10 in the fourth quarter before executing a brilliant choke. Tony Romo lost a fumble at the Jets’ 2-yard line with 9:12 remaining. The Jets blocked a punt and returned it for a touchdown with 5:08 remaining. Romo threw a pick with 59 seconds left to set up the Jets winning field goal.
Should the Cowboys have won: YES. Absolutely. A mother gag.
Sept. 18, 2011 Cowboys 27, 49ers 24 (ot)
The 49ers led 24-14 early in the fourth quarter before they blew it. Despite playing with busted ribs, Romo led a TD drive with 7:03 remaining and the tying field goal at the end of regulation.
Should the Cowboys have won: NO WAY. No one knew how good the 49ers would be.
Sept. 26, 2011 Cowboys 18, Redskins 16
An ugly game that the Redskins led 16-9 in the third quarter. Three Dan Bailey field goals in the second half won the game. The Redskins, on their four possessions, were punt, punt, punt, fumble.
Should the Cowboys have won: Sure, why not?
Oct. 2, 2011 Lions 34, Cowboys 30
The Cowboys led 27-3 in the third quarter before pulling off a miracle to lose this game. Romo had consecutive pick-six plays in the third quarter to get the Lions started. The Lions took the lead with 1:44 remaining on a Calvin Johnson touchdown.
Should the Cowboys have won: God YES.
Oct. 16, 2011 Patriots 20, Cowboys 16
The Patriots led 13-3 in the second quarter but this game was tight the entire way. The Cowboys took a 16-13 lead in the fourth quarter. Twice the Cowboys had the ball inside the Patriots’ 5-yard line in the second half that resulted in field goals.
The Pats’ regained possession at their own 20 with 2:31 remaining, and Tom Brady quickly did what Tom Brady do – score. He completed an 8-yard TD pass to Aaron Hernandez (yes, that Aaron Hernandez) with 27 seconds remaining to win.
Should the Cowboys have won: No, but yes. This is a tough call. Yes.
Nov. 20 2011 Cowboys 27, Redskins 24 (ot)
The Cowboys were asleep for most of the game against a 3-6 Redskins team. Washington led 17-10 in the third quarter but the Cowboys took the lead on a 59-yard pass from Romo to Jason Witten.
The Redskins tied it with 22 seconds remaining. They missed a 52-yard field goal in overtime.
Should the Cowboys have won it: Uhhhh … yes.
Nov. 24, 2011 Cowboys 20, Dolphins 19
A bad Fish team, “led” by QB Matt Moore, had a 16-10 lead in the fourth quarter before the Cowboys tied it. The Cowboys won it on a last-second field goal by Dan Bailey. A brutal game.
Should the Cowboys have won it: Yes.
Dec. 4 2011 Cardinals 19, Cowboys 13 (ot)
An awful loss that trigged their season-ending collapse. The Cardinals were 4-7. The Cowboys led 13-6 in the fourth quarter. On their final drive of regulation, the team badly botched the clock and timeouts, which led to a Dan Bailey 49-yard field goal with seven seconds remaining. He missed.
The Cardinals took the opening kickoff of the OT and scored on a 52-yard touchdown pass from Kevin Kolb to LaRod Stephens-Howling.
Should the Cowboys have won: Yes. They had no business losing this game.
Dec. 11, 2011 Giants 37, Cowboys 34
With 5:52 remaining in the game, the Cowboys led 34-22. The Giants two touchdowns in their next two drives to take the lead. The Cowboys had a potential game-tying field goal blocked with six seconds remaining.
Should the Cowboys have won: Yes. Yes. Yes.
Oct. 14, 2012 Ravens 31, Cowboys 29
The Cowboys led 10-3 in the second quarter but chased it the rest of the way. They made the score 31-29 with 36 seconds remaining but missed on the two-point attempt. They then recovered the ensuing onside kick, but promptly screwed up clock management and play calling to force Bailey to try a 51-yard field goal with six seconds remaining. He missed.
Should the Cowboys have won: NO way.
Nov. 18, 2012 Cowboys 23, Browns 20 (ot)
The fact this game makes this list is quite telling. The Browns were 2-7. The Cowboys trailed 13-3 after three quarters. The Browns took a 20-17 lead with 70 seconds remaining. Bailey tied it with six seconds remaining, and won it in OT.
Should the Cowboys have won: Nope.
Dec. 9, 2012 Cowboys 20, Bengals 19
The Bengals should have won this four different ways; they led 19-10 in the fourth quarter. Leading by two, Bengals DB Terence Newman dropped a sure game-ending int.
The Cowboys won on Bailey’s 40-yard field goal at the end of regulation.
Should the Cowboys have won: No way.
Dec. 16, 2012 Cowboys 27, Steelers 24 (ot)
This game was close throughout; the Cowboys tied it at 24 with 6:58 remaining. They won it after Brandon Carr intercepted a pass in OT and returned it to the Steelers’ 1-yard line to set up the game-winning field goal.
Should the Cowboys have won: Yes.
Dec. 23, 2012 Saints 34, Cowboys 31 (ot)
No one could stop anybody; the Cowboys chased the game the entire day. The Saints led 31-17 in the fourth quarter before Romo hit Miles Austin for the game-tying TD catch with 19 seconds remaining.
The Cowboys won the coin toss in OT but did nothing. The Saints were moving when receiver Marques Colston was stripped deep inside Cowboys’ territory but the Saints recovered the fumble. They kicked the game-winning field goal on the next play.
Should the Cowboys have won: No.
Sept. 15, 2013 Chiefs 17, Cowboys 16
The Cowboys led 13-7 in the third quarter before their offense fell apart against a superior Chiefs’ defense. They were minus-2 in turnovers.
Should the Cowboys have won: No.
Oct. 6, 2013 Broncos 51, Cowboys 48
The Cowboys led 14-0. They trailed 35-20. They led 48-41.
When it was tied at 48 late in the game, Romo threw a killer pick that led to the game-winning score for the Broncos.
Should the Cowboys have won: Yes. They had the ball late in a game that was whoever-had-the-ball-lasts wins.
Oct. 27, 2013 Lions 31, Cowboys 30
The Cowboys led 27-24 and were unable to grind away more of the clock and had to settle for a field goal for a 30-24 lead. The Lions regained possession with 62 seconds remaining. And, of course, they scored a touchdown.
Should the Cowboys have won: No, but yes. Their defense was terrible, but a six-point lead with one minute remaining against a team with no timeouts should be a win.
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DETROIT, Michigan - We are not there yet, but we are approaching an uncomfortable juncture for former first round pick, tackle Tyron Smith. The Cowboys awful offensive performance in each of the last two weeks is not on Smith, but no team with such a poor rushing game and a quarterback who had no time against the Lions has a great left tackle.
The Cowboys average less than 4 yards per carry for the season; in the past two games the team has averaged 2.8 and 2.4 yards per carry, respectively.
Making it all much worse, for the second time this season Smith had a giant screwup late that changed the game. On a third down play, it was Smith's holding penalty that stopped the clock in Detroit that helped the Lions regain possession with enough time for their game-winning drive.
Smith would not speak to reporters after the game.
Now, the way the Lions and Calvin Johnson moved the ball they could have regained possession at their own 3-yard line with five seconds remaining and still won on a Megatron catch.
If you remember, it was Smith who was pushed back into the pocket late in the fourth quarter against the Broncos; Romo stepped on the back of Smith’s foot, it affected his throw which resulted in the game-deciding interception.
The Cowboys' offensive line has been pushed around at least twice this season - at Kansas City and at Detroit. Smith has not been very good in either loss.
The ninth overall pick in the 2011 NFL draft, Smith is not a bust. He is not necessarily bad. He's not a star.
ONE MORE THING ON MEGATRON
Not sure why the Cowboys used single coverage on Lions' receiver Calvin Johnson for most of the game. It may not have mattered.
Entering the game, Megatron had 492 receiving yards in six games this season.
He had 329 yards on Sunday.
YOU WANTED TURNOVERS
The Cowboys defense was asked to create turnovers, which it is doing. How this team forced four turnovers, and enjoyed a 4-0 turnover margin, and lost is as hard as it is impressive. It’s hard to force four turnovers. It’s damn near impossible to force four turnovers and still lose a football game in the National Football Leauge.
The last time a team did this, finish 4-0 in turnovers, according to STATS, was the Patriots against the Fish in 2007.
Your Cowboys pulled it off.
The Cowboys have forced 19 turnovers this season compared to 16 in 2012.
The team is plus-9 in turnover margin.
They are 4-4.
This is the one stat that says if you are plus you are a winner.
Only the Cowboys.
Imagine what a beat down Sunday would have been without those turnovers.
THIS AIN’T 2007
The last time the Cowboys visited the Lions was Decemeber 9, 2007. The Cowboys were brutal that day against a bad Lions team, but that was a magical regular season. The Cowboys had four turnovers that day, but rallied for a 28-27 win in the final minute as Jason Witten had the best day of his life. Witten had 15 receptions for 138 yards and a touchdown, and the Cowboys improved to 12-1.
After the game, the team celebrated in the locker room winning the NFC East title by wearing new NFC East champions hats and t-shirts. It all went to hell shortly thereafter when the team flopped at home in the divisional round of the NFC playoffs by squandering home field advantage.
IT’S OK JASON
The locker rooms at Ford Field are about 50 feet apart, which allows for the teams to be rather close when exiting the field. After the game, Lions linebacker Rocky McIntosh could see Cowboys tight end Jason Witten as he down the carpet towards the locker room. McIntosh taunted Witten with, “It’s OK Jason! It’s OK Jason!”
Witten elected not to respond.
Don’t be fooled – Witten can talk a little junk during a game so McIntosh’s words were likely in retaliation.
SUH COMES LOOKING FOR FREE
Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh has a reputation as one of the dirtiest players in the NFL, so when he came close to the Cowboys locker room and shouted, “Hey, Free! Hey, Free!” the thought was it was go time.
Cowboys right tackle Doug Free was already in the locker room and could not hear Suh.
It could not have been that bad; Suh exchanged some nice pleasantries with Cowboys defensive tackle Jason Hatcher as he approached the locker room doors.
And Suh exchanged a good-game hug with guard Brian Waters.
The way Suh initially sounded was not pleasant.
JOSEPH RANDLE AIN’T GOT IT
The Cowboys are 1-1 without running back DeMarco Murray in the lineup, who missed his second consecutive game on Sunday.
His backups are just that – backups. Granted, they have not had massive holes to run through against either the Eagles or the Lions, but they should be a little better than this.
Randle ran 14 times for 26 yards on Sunday. He ran 19 times for 65 yards one week ago at Philly.
That's not good enough.
DeMarco can't return soon enough.
SEAN LEE >>>>> BRUCE CARTER
I didn’t even know Bruce Carter was on the team Sunday. A guy who was supposed to be coming into his own and playing in a scheme that features his position has been a massive disappointment, both on Sunday and this season. He ranks third on the team in tackles, but impact plays are non-existent.
Sean Lee, however, is this team’s best defensive player, ahead of Jason
He had two interceptions to increase his team-leading total to four.
He made some big stops inside the redzone as well. He also had the man parts necessary to call this group out when he said, “We are an average football team.”
PROPS TO BRANDON CARR
The poor guy was turned into dog food by Calvin Johnson all day on Sunday, and he could have taken the chicken way out of town by not addressing us media dorks. Carr stood there for an eternity and was a complete professional talking about his miserable day at the office.
He is from Michigan, so it’s a homecoming gone awry but he a note of appreciation, respect and appreciation for handling himself so well on a bad day at work.
LOOK OUT FOR THE GIANTS
The New York Giants are now just two wins back to tie for the NFC East lead, which is both sad, funny and true.
They have left themselves no margin for error, but they have a home game remaining against the Cowboys; given the mediocre nature of this division don't rule anything out.
DETROIT, Michigan - There is not so much rage over Cowboys wide receiver Miles Austin not playing on Sunday against the Detroit Lions as there is humor. That bum hamstring won't cooperate. At this point, the joke is on the Dallas Cowboys. This is what injured players do, especially after a few years of playing football in the National Football League - they get hurt.
Teams do this all the time - make plans around the good health of players, despite their history of injury. See Ratliff, Jay. Thank God for rookie Terrance Williams, who has replaced Austin's production.
On the surface, Miles Austin is a bad deal. Overall, however, he was a steal the Cowboys mis-timed (they do this a lot - see Barber, Marion).
Check this out:
The Cowboys signed the undrafted Miles Austin out of Monmouth College for a signing bonus of $16,400.
He was listed as a kick returner. In 14 games, he returned 29 kicks for 753 yards with no receptions.
Austin returned a kickoff for a touchdown in the playoff loss at Seattle.
Bottom line: $275,000
In 16 games, he returned 24 kicks for 612 yards.
5 receptions for 76 yards
Bottom line: $360,000
He appeared in 16 games and started nine. He caught 81 passes for 1,320 yards with 11 touchdowns.
He returned seven kicks for 157 yards.
Against the Eagles in the NFC divisional round, he caught seven passes for 82 yards and a touchdown. The next week in a playoff loss at Minnesota, he caught four passes for 34 yards.
Bottom line: $1.54 million
At this point, Austin is 25 and looks like a monster steal. Just based on his production in 2009, the Cowboys have a bargain/steal buy.
In early September, the Cowboys handed Austin a six-year extension worth $54 million; it included a bonus of $18 million. The deal did not kick in until 2011.
Started 16 games. Caught 69 passes for 1,041 yards with seven touchdowns. He also had seven carries for 93 yards and one touchdonw.
Bottom line: $3.168 million
After this season, the Cowboys re-structured Austin's deal for salary cap relief.
Started 15 games, appeared in 16. Caught 66 passes for 943 yards with six touchdowns.
Bottom line: $1.15 million
Has appeared in five games. Has 15 receptions for 125 yards and no touchdowns.
Bottom line: $840,000
THE OVERALL BOTTOM LINE
In eight seasons, Austin has played in 100 games with 50 starts. He has 292 receptions for 4,362 yards and 34 touchdowns. He has one kick return for a TD in a playoff game.
He was in the Pro Bowl in 2009 and 2010.
The total guaranteed money Austin will have received - after he is released in the offseason - is about $26 million dollars (which is not tax free).
The "cap hit" and the "dead money" from 2014 to 2016 on this contract aren't ideal, but the Cowboys will save about $15 million when Austin is released.
He will be 30 next June, and some team will give him a look because he will - at that point - be cheap and there is proven ability.
The problem for the Cowboys is not that they gave him the contract, it's that he earned it at the wrong time. He got paid. Then he got hurt.
But he did get a Kardasian.
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The NFL's worst team, which has agreed to play a home game in London over the next four seasons, looks like it will play America's Team across the pond next year at Wembley Stadium; click here for the report.
Because the Cowboys remain one of the most popular teams in the NFL, the league has been itching to put this team in this game overseas. But Jerry has made it no secret he was not going to give up one of his eight home regular season games to appease the National Football League.
The three division opponents - New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins - were not about to play a game of this magnitude anywhere other than their home stadium. That left the remaining opponents to give up a precious home game against the big-draw Cowboys. Most teams don't want to give up a chance to host the Cowboys, and the guarantee of a big ticket draw.
The NFL apparently found a sucker in the Jaguars, where the Cowboys last played in 2006 to a less-than-sold out stadium. Drew Bledsoe was the quarterback; the Cowboys lost 24-17.
And you can bet just because the Cowboys will be the road team wearing away uniforms the cheerleaders will be joining the party game.
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PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania - (Major computer probs')
The Cowboys' 17-3 against the Philadelphia Eagles would not seem like the ideal time to throw rose petals at the offensive line, but the truffff is a unit that ranged from bad to God awful in 2013 is better in 2012. Not perfect, but better.
Everyone of these guys is better than they were last season, or the man he replaced. Tony Romo has a little bit more time, and the running game has been a little bit more effective. Again, not perfect but better.
Left tackle Tyron Smith has still not met his expections as a top 10 pick, but he is better.
Second year player Ron Leary is healthy and despite some flaws he is better than Nate Livings, who was not good.
Rookie center Travis Frederick has settled a position that was a mess one year ago.
Veteran guard Brian Waters is a lot better than Mackenzy Bernadeau.
Right tackle Doug Free, who had a bad game on Sunday in Philly, has been dramatically better this season.
We are not talking about the second-coming of the Cowboys' O-line from the '90s, but it's better than the ugly days of 2012.
The biggest surprise is the development of Leary, who has overcome a series of leg injuries suffered over the last few years that killed his draft status. He was a rookie free agent signee out of Memphis who did not play last season but was with the Cowboys.
"I never thought about not playing football," he told me on Sunday. "I was definitely frustrated. It's just good that I finally feel healthy."
The Cowboys' run game is averaging only 3.9 yards per carry. Last season it was 3.6.
Romo was sacked 36 times last season. He's been sacked 16 times this season.
Again, we're not talking about massive improvements but it's better than the alternative.
Story is played. His one catch on Sunday was erased after further review. He has not had a reception since Sept. 22 against the Rams.
The Cowboys developed a nice rookie free agent out of Monmouth into a Pro Bowl receiver.
After the Cowboys gave him a six-year extension in September of 2010 he caught 69 passes for 1,041 yards with seven touchdowns.
He can't stay healthy, and Terrance Williams has taken his job.
ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT
The absence of DeMarco Murray from the starting lineup opened up a chance for rookie Joseph Randle who looked like a rookie. He had 19 carries for 65 yards. But he didn't get overwhelmed on blitz pickups, and showed a few things in the passing game (three catches for 28 yards).
Randle didn't blow anybody away, but he didn't look lost.
DEZ THE QUIET
(Can't wait for Dez Bryant vs. Calvin Johnson on Sunday in Detroit.)
Dez caught eight passes for 110 yards - has to be one of the quietest 110 yards ever. He was clearly frustrated early with the Cowboys' offense scoring only three points in the first half. He didn't lose his mind.
"This was a game you had to be patient in," Dez said.
He gets it. Popping off was going to serve zero purpose.
ROOKIE CAN PLAY, NEEDS A CLUE
Rookie safety J.J. Wilcox had to split some time at safety but the man continues to show just enough that he can play. His intereption in the endzone should have counted, and he made a few other plays that demonstrated good play recognition and ball skills. He's not there yet, but the Cowboys may have found a player.
NEXT WEEK: AT LIONS
This is all about Dez Bryant v. Calvin Johnson. Can't wait.
The last time the Lions played the Cowboys was a horror show: A Lions 34-30 win on Oct. 2, 2011 at JerryWorld.
Megatron caught eight passes for 96 yards and two touchdowns. Dez caught three passes for 37 yards and two touchdowns.
The Cowboys led 27-3 early in the third quarter before a historic collapse. Don't expect a repeat.
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This shows you how dumb/unrealistic the Dallas Cowboys were about defensive lineman Jay Ratliff and his recovery from injury - they decided to cut him today. The team has announced that the veteran defensive lineman from Auburn who has not played this season, and what feels like the last four years, has been released.
He had been on the physically unable to perform list and today failed a physical. Real shock.
Why in God's name did this team wait this long to release a guy the rest of the world knew was finished last season? He should never have been put on this roster heading into 2013 training camp after a variety of injuries sustained last season turned him into a bag of washed up.
So this means that the three players the team was building its defensive front around - DeMarcus Ware, Anthony Spencer, Jay Ratliff - are out for Sunday's game in Philadelphia. Spencer and Ratliff are gone for the year. Ware is a supposedly a three to five game deal with a quad injury.
Whatever you think of the Cowboys' decision to wait this long to cut the mercurial Ratliff, it is hard to debate that when he was right he was one of this team's best ever draft picks. Ratliff was a seventh-round pick out of Auburn in the 2005 draft. When the Cowboys moved him from defensive end to nose tackle early in the 2007 season in an emergency to take the place of the injured Jason Ferguson did Ratliff take off.
He was a four-time Pro Bowler and was a first-team all-Pro. Between 2006 and 2011, he was arguably the best at his position in the league. He was a combination of superior strength, a relentless motor and one of the nastiest tempers to make a player that was too much to handle for interior centers and guards.
His temper was legendary, and he could project an intensity that was not comfortable. His near physical altercation with ESPN Dallas reporter Calvin Watkins on Dec. 15, 2011 became an "instant classic". What few people saw was that Ratliff could be polite, well spoken, bright, and had a serious joker streak. When he was in the right mood, he could tease anyone.
His run ended last year when injuries limited him to just six games. He reportedly had a phsyical blowup with his boss, team owner Jerry Jones, and Ratliff was later arrested for driving under the influence.
Basically, he was done. He just didn't know it, and apparently neither did the Cowboys. Now we all do. A bad way to end what was a highly efficient career for a seventh round pick.
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Rob Ryan is gone, and the Cowboys defense remains a problem with Monte Kiffin. His defense was awful for the second time in as many weeks as Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning ripped them apart to add another notch to his bed frame.
Killing Tony Romo for his painful fourth-quarter interception in the final minutes of the Cowboys' 51-48 loss on Sunday against the Broncos is the rage, but take aim at a defense that stinks regardless of who calls the formations.
Granted, Peyton Manning is destroying all defenses this season and the Cowboys forced two turnovers, including his first interception of the season. That's more than most.
You can almost excuse it except this happens all the time to the Cowboys. And this is one week after Philip Rivers and the Chargers ran all over them in San Diego.
It wasn't Rob Ryan's fault, nor is it Kiffin's. The players simply aren't good enough, or are not making the plays.
The NFC East remains terrible. The Cowboys are in first place in the NFC East with a gaudy 2-3 record. Well done, Coach Garrett. The Eagles, Redskins and New York Giants are a combined 0-6 at home this season.
This is what he has done at high school in Burlington, Wisc., in college at Eastern Illinois and now in the NFL - he is the reason his team has a shot, and because they ask so much of him he has to do more than others at his position.
You ask a quarterback to throw the ball 36 times with a rushing attack that carries but 14 times, he is going to throw a pick. It is his timing that, as always, remains amazingly terrible.
ABOUT THAT RUNNING GAME
Remember balance? No coach likes to run the ball more than Coach Process, or so he says. Yeah ... Cowboys passed it 36 times on Sunday. They ran it 14 times. Hard to argue with more than 500 yards of offense.
On the season, they have thrown the ball 103 times and passed it 188 times.
OF MORRIS CLAIBORNE
The Cowboys second-year corner again gave up his TDs and a few catches, but the man drafted to make plays recovered a fumble and intercepted Peyton Manning. Make sure to mention that Brandon Carr's horrible day if you are going to kick Claiborne. At least Claiborne made a few major plays.
The Cowboys offensive line has been dramatically better this season with the addition of center Travis Frederick, guard Ron Leary, veteran guard Brian Waters as well as dramatic improvement of Doug Free. This line has been pretty good, and dramatically better than last season.
But with the exception of one game against the Division II St. Louis Rams, running back DeMarco Murray has not been as good as needed. He has 84 carries for 399 yards and two TDs - not bad, right? Consider 175 yards came against the Rams.
DEMARCUS WARE IS HURT
The Cowboys defensive end is not the same. He is tending to a back and stinger issues. These are not going to go away, and likely will only grow worse. He is this team's best pass rusher, but keep an eye on this as his effectiveness will likely decrease.
Credit the rookie from Baylor from moving on from last week's stinker in San Diego to the best game of his life. He blocked well, and he caught four balls for 151 yards and a touchdown. That made the continued absence of Miles Austin (hamstring) less horrible.
Sunday was a big step for Williams, but Austin is still better.
THEY DON'T QUIT
Say this for Coach Process, he has never lost this team. The Broncos were up 35-20 with 8:03 remaining in the third quarter.
The Cowboys took a 48-41 lead with 7:19 remaining in the game. The final 7:19, however, did not go quite as well.
NEXT WEEK: RGIII RETURNS
The last time former Baylor QB Robert Griffin III played at Jerry World he made the Cowboys his personal female dog. As a rookie, RGIII defeated the Cowboys 38-31 on Nov. 22. He threw for 304 yards with four touchdowns.
The world is different for RGIII in season No. 2. He and the Redskins are 1-3, and have looked awful in doing so.
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