Oct 25, 2015; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterbackMatt Cassel
(16) drops back to pass against the New York Giants in the first half during the NFL game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
The Cowboys saw the good and bad from the bye week changes.
Last week I wrote about the positives and negatives of quarterback Matt Cassel here. During the game, the Cowboys saw the good of Cassel. While Cassel, did in fact, throw the ball more downfield, he also threw some questionable passes which resulted in several interceptions. They didn’t single-handedly lose the game for the Cowboys but they didn’t make it any easier, either.
Special teams were gashed, as it has been, from a lack of lane integrity. It is important on special teams to maintain your respective lanes, wrap up the returner, and swarm to the ball. It was a failure to stay in the lanes and overplaying pursuit that caused the Giants to return the ball for a touchdown. It was not the sole reason for the loss either, but it also made the chance at winning more difficult.
Perhaps the biggest gaff this weekend was Cole Beasley dropping a punt that would have given the Cowboys a chance to drive the field for the win. This too wasn’t the one thing that caused the Cowboys to lose, but it certainly helped them lose. The blown call from the refs on wide receiver Devin Street that ultimately negated a touchdown was big and dropped interception opportunities hurt as well.
As has been the story since Jason Garrett took over, the mistakes at the worst times plagued the Cowboys. Maybe it is time we say that Jason Garrett is the reason the Cowboys lost. Sure, they are snake-bit with injuries, but the mistakes just keep happening.
Let’s look at the positives and negatives. Since this was a loss (again) we will start with the negatives.
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