I am not going to go into the “same old Cowboys” bit yet, maybe in week 17 but not yet. The season is young and the Chargers are a darn good football team. The Cowboys however should have won this game. It was a very important game and they basically let it slip from their grasp. I was shocked at how much time Rivers had. I could not for the life of me understand Kiffin’s stubbornness with his play-calling. He should have tried some more man-coverage and brought some more blitzes.
The offense did not do play that well either allowing the Chargers to dominate the time of possession. They could not get into a flow. It is inexcusable to not score in the second half and allow the Chargers to take control of the game. It seems if Dez Bryant is not making plays in the passing game then nobody is.
The Cowboys need to consider taking some snaps away from Witten. He is incapable of making any tough catches. Hanna and Escobar need to get more opportunities. They are far more athletic and probably four times faster than Witten. Witten is a better blocker but he is a liability if the Cowboys get behind.
Garrett needs to consider putting Claiborne on the bench to teach him a lesson. Go with Carr and Scandrick and whoever else, it wouldn’t matter. The defence is playing with ten guys thanks to Claiborne. He has done nothing this year and I would make an example out of him and I would do it now.
If the Cowboys have another season like the last two, you can look back on this game as the game that could have propelled the Cowboys. They let a huge opportunity slip away.
The Coaching was somewhat questionable as well. To attempt that 56 yard field goal did not seem like a good idea at the time, they should have just gone for it. The Cowboys need to start dictating what their opponents do instead of vice versa. Kiffin might have to make more in-game adjustments, once Rivers was comfortable it was over. The Dallas defence was predictable and they played un-inspired football on Sunday. Although they have done a better job creating turnovers, they are still very inconsistent. If they want to give Peyton Manning the kind of time that Rivers had then the game will be over before halftime.
The bottom line is that it is still early and in these next 4 games we will see where this season is headed.