The 10 Biggest Stories of the 2010 NFL Season, Number 8: Super Bowl Contending Cowboys Start 1-7

By Bryn Swartz

Everything was going to fall into place.

The season was going to be the year Tony Romo finally took the Cowboys on a deep postseason run, culminating with a victory in Super Bowl XLV, which was being held in Texas Stadium.

The Cowboys were considered to be preseason favorites by many, not just to win the NFC, but to win the Super Bowl, which would make them the first team to win a Super Bowl in their home stadium.

Then the season started.

The Cowboys lost their first game, 13-7, to the Washington Redskins.

A Tony Romo walkoff touchdown pass seemed to give the Cowboys an improbable win but a holding penalty by tackle Alex Barron nullified the touchdown and gave the Washington Redskins the victory.

After a 27-20 loss to the Chicago Bears, the Cowboys appeared to get back on track with a 27-13 victory over the 2-0 Houston Texans.

Then Chris Johnson and the Titans ran all over the Cowboys, dropping them to 1-3.

A highly publicized game with the 1-3 Vikings the next week was dubbed the Elimination Bowl, for the loser would be extremely challenged to reach the postseason.

The Cowboys lost, 24-21, dropping to 1-4.

It got worse (or should I say better).

A shootout with the Giants saw the Cowboys lose two things. They lost the game, 41-35, and they lost starting quarterback Tony Romo with a broken clavicle.

The 1-5 Cowboys dropped to 1-6 with a 35-17 interconference loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars. David Garrard turned in a career game, completing 17 of 21 passes for 260 yards and four touchdowns. That’s a 157.8 passer rating (perfect is 158.3).

And the fun continued, as a Packers-Cowboys Sunday Night matchup turned into one of the biggest routs in Cowboys history. The Packers won 45-7, dropping the Cowboys to an incredible 1-7.

The next day, Cowboys’ head coach Wade Phillips was fired.

This marked the all-time low for the Dallas Cowboys. At this point in the season, I sincerely believe that one could make the case that this was the single lowest point in the history of the franchise.

Never in my life have I seen one team expected to do well play so poorly throughout the first half of a season.

Never have I had so much fun watching a team play as I did the early 2010 Dallas Cowboys.

“Super Bowl XLV is only a few short days away. Don’t you think it’s high time you made a Super Bowl betting wager on the team you like to win the Lombardi Trophy? Don’t hesitate any longer! Get on the team you like today to win on February 6th! Log onto the sportsbook and bet on Super Bowl 2011!”

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