Call Dallas fans delusional, but many felt they had a chance. The truth is, they never had a chance, and in fact, lost all realistic hope by halftime. There was a blueprint to this game, and the smartest coach in the NFL (Princeton graduate, Jason Garrett) failed to follow this blueprint.
Maybe Bill Callahan and Monte Kiffin call the plays, but Garrett still gets the blame. That’s just how it goes. That’s why NFL coaches are dropping like flies. Both literally and figuratively.
Believe it or not but Dallas led 10-7 at one point – late in the 2nd quarter in fact. A couple idiotic plays later and Dallas was down big at half. They simply weren’t good enough or smart enough.
Drew Brees was exactly who we thought he was. Dallas started intelligently and played defense stacking the box to prevent the constant check-downs. Brees adapted, like any normal human being would, by creating pre-snap motion and throwing downfield.
Long story short, and Dallas upheld/reaffirmed/argued its reputation as the worst Defense in the NFL.
I don’t mean to be flippant with this overt judgment but reality is…well…reality. Dallas is horrible on defense and the offense wasn’t good enough to bail them out. The offense is good. Good enough to bail out the worst defense 50% of the time.
That probably explains the 5-5 record at the bye week then, right?
The sad reality is, Dallas still sits in the NFC East driver’s seat and may very well face a team like the New Orleans Saints (if they’re lucky) in the playoffs.
Did this game look like something you’d like to see in the playoffs (let alone a nightmare)?
I spent time detailing a play-by-play for this post-game article but it’s pointless when a loss like this is absorbed. The fact is, the Cowboys were out classed and outplayed. They earned this epic loss.
It’s the bye week and it’s time to analyze what has happened and what can happen in the 2013 NFL season. Stay dialed into Sport DFW to see where the Cowboys stand but be prepared for some hard truths.
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