The shadows of 2006 and the ghostly apparitions that lurked inside of them haunted the Cowboys once again. The opening kickoff revealed what was to come with a clumsy mishandling of the ball by Felix Jones.
It was clear from the start that the Cowboys would have to endure a long, long day of mishaps, dropped passes and bad execution.
As painful as it was, the first half ended with the Cowboys down 13-7. Okay. No problem…right ?
WRONG ! The questionable talents of rookie QB Russell Wilson for the Seahawks quietly hushed the critics as he finished the game with only 151yds passing, 1 TD and added 28yds on the ground. How did he win this thing ? It’s simple….bad defense and special team execution by the Cowboys. Marshawn Lynch, RB for the Seahawks…ummm, he’s a BEAST !
It just goes to show how much all three phases of the game are important to any potential victory in the NFL. An early punt block returned for a touchdown by the Seahawks after the botched opening kickoff return set the stage for an eye rolling and neck rubbing day for Cowboys fans.
Now, as far as Tony Romo is concerned, the guy did what he could. He finished with 251yds, 1 TD, 1 INT and completed 23 of 40 attempts. Three first half dropped passes by Dez Bryant and a few more to the credit of Jason Whitten, began the downward spiral of the first half into an abyss of disappointment. Miles Austin seemingly saved the first half with a nice over the head catch for a TD in the 2nd Qtr which turned out to be the only score of the day for “America’s Team”. The Cowboys total yards from scrimmage at the first half gun added up to a dismal 118yds. The defense, special teams and offensive line….oops !
The entire effort of the Cowboys seemed to be suspended as if the ghostly spirits from the past clouded the visions of everyone on the field wearing a star on their helmet. Okay, I’ve said my peace.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will travel to Cowboys Stadium next week and they will bring with them a defense that nearly beat Eli Manning and the Giants in week two, however they gave up a lead and also surrendered over 500yds in passing and the Cowboys offense has more than enough weapons to duplicate those totals….right ? “Paging Tony Romo, paging Dez Bryant, paging Miles Austin, paging Kevin Ogletree, paging Jason Whitten, paging DeMarco Murray….your needed in the WIN column….STAT !!”
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