The Dallas Cowboys and Tampa Bay Buccaneers completed arguably the ugliest game in NFL history on Sunday, a 16-10 “win” for Dallas. However, if Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett gives praise to any member of his offense for this one…well, never mind. He’s already the worst head coach in football.
The Cowboys’ defense played extremely well against the Buccaneers, or at least it looked that way. Tampa Bay’s offense was as bad as Dallas’ so the strong defensive performance by Rob Ryan‘s unit might not be as impressive as it seemed. Still, all the Cowboys’ defensive backs played well, include Mike Jenkins in his first game back after off-season shoulder sugary.
On the other hand, the Cowboys’ offense was as bad as it’s ever been during the Tony Romo era. As a team, they ran the ball 23 times for 38 yards for a pathetic 1.65-yards-per-carry average. Romo was off on almost every pass he threw. The Cowboys’ receivers that did catch passes did a tremendous job of reeling in the wildly-thrown balls, but unfortunately Miles Austin, Dez Bryant and Kevin Ogletree had to watch several of them sail over their heads.
However, the worst part was the penalties, which has been the Cowboys’ Achilles heel throughout the Garrett era – which shows lacks of mental toughness and discipline. The Cowboys were called for 15 penalties against the Buccaneers, 13 of which were on Dallas’ offense. The rundown of all those is below:
False Start – RT Doug Free (3), TE Jason Witten (2) and LT Tyron Smith
Pass Interference – CB Morris Claiborne, SS Mana Silva
Offsides – OLB DeMarcus Ware (2)
Facemask – ILB Sean Lissemore
Holding – LG Nate Livings, FB Lawrence Vickers and Free
Illegal Block – RB Phillip Tanner
As mentioned, the Cowboys are absolutely doomed if Garrett even remotely gives the offense any credit for the win. Tampa Bay’s offense turned the ball over three times and punted another eight. Considering those stats, the fact the Cowboys only had the ball for 33 minutes and scored 16 points is mind-numbing. That numbness then turns to pain when one realizes the Buccaneers’ defense was the second-worst in the NFL through the first two weeks, giving up more yards than any other team except for the New Orleans Saints.
The Cowboys’ 2-1 record is very deceiving and it’s still early in the season. This is a team that apparently got lucky in Week 1 and has since been exposed. As mentioned, Garrett needs to treat this week as if Dallas lost to Tampa Bay on Sunday. If he doesn’t, the Cowboys don’t stand a chance against the Chicago Bears in Week 4.