The Catch? Whatever catch do you mean? All Dallas Cowboys fans obviously know about the catch (or I suppose it should be known as the “overturned catch”). Our resident “lawyer”, Stephen Kenny did a pretty good job breaking it down earlier today.
In order to get some other game observations in, I’m going to skip over my analysis of “the catch” today and look at it more tomorrow once the dust has settled a little more. Even without the end-of-game travesty, there is still plenty to discuss regarding yesterday’s game.
Here we go, one last time this season:
Leaving plays and opportunities on the field is what separates a good team from a great team. I’ve always made it a point to single out bad plays by the Cowboys, after wins and losses alike, because the missed opportunities matter – even retrospectively. That is all too true today. Late in the game the Packers fumbled a kick return that would have given the Cowboys the ball inside the red zone. James Hanna fell on the ball but mishandled it and GAVE it back to the Packers. The Cowboys were already up and could have made it a two possession game even with a field goal. Instead, they game the ball back and the Packers responded with their game-winning drive.
The Packers were completely locked in on Dez pressing with the CB, dropping a LB for slants and intermediate, and using a safety deep. The Cowboys simply waited for single coverage and took advantage. Unfortunately that was overturned.
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FB Tyler Clutts
wasn’t getting much push lead-blocking. It’s not extraordinarily cold but some Dallas Cowboys were playing like it early. Clutts and many of the Cowboys improved as the game progressed but they looked pretty contact-shy early in the game.
Blitzing Scandrick was a waste of time. When Scandy meets HBs he rarely tries to make a play. He pulls up and receives his block. Scandy is way too valuable in coverage to be wasted blitzing.
It’s inexcusable to go into halftime up by 4 after driving deep into Green Bay territory up by 7 with less than 2 minutes. The inability to continue a drive, the false start and the blocked kick are all unacceptable in games like this. The Cowboys seemed determined to fail early in the game.
Gotta love it when Romo gets hurt to the point of lameness, the Packers recognize it and stack the box with all 11, and DeMarco Murray and the O-Line make all 11 look like fools as he breaks a long run on the edge.
Our pass-rush looked lazy most of the day. It’s normal for every pass-rusher to take plays off. It’s not fun to hear but it’s the reality. On a couple plays, the Cowboys pass-rushers appeared to all take the same play off at the same time. That’s not a good thing especially on a line which boasts high energy and a deep rotation.