The Stars’ Five Corners: Dallas Cowboys vs. Cleveland Browns Week 10
The Star's Five Corners
The Cowboys came out firing on one cylinder and very quickly fell behind 13-0 to the lowly Browns. The Cowboys looked lost on offense, on defense and on special teams for most of the first half. There for a while it felt like they wouldn’t pull it out, but when it was all said and done, they managed to squeak by the Browns with an overtime game-winning field goal by Dan Bailey.
Looking at the glass half-full, they did manage to come from behind twice and win the game. That’s all fine-and-dandy when it comes to wins and losses, but this team is far from a polished product. I could sit here and make excuses as to why the team can’t perform to an exceptional level week-in and week-out, but I just can’t.
The simple fact that the Browns dominated in the trenches on both sides of the ball speaks volumes of how poorly assembled the offensive and defensive lines are. That lands squarely on the shoulders of the guy who assembled them; Jerry Jones.
Sure there are a lot of factors that go into winning football games, but two constants, which have stood the test of time, are protecting the quarterback on offense and getting to the quarterback on defense.
Going forward Jones needs to take his “it’s worked before” goggles off and realize that what he has built is not built correctly. Go back to the drawing board and start building from the trenches out. The ‘90s teams were built that way, and if he intends on building a championship team again as he claims he did, then he needs to start building there.
I’ve never heard of a house being built from the roof down, ever.
Kudos to the Browns for bringing it Sunday, I truly believe they’ll be a very good team with a little more experience.
So, let’s check out the five plays, which I think were instrumental in deciding this game.
Gerald Sensabaugh stops Trent Richardson
The defense needed to make a stop and give the ball to the offense, which had just scored on their previous possession. On third-and-five from the Browns’ 12-yard line, they ran a sweep to the left. Sensabaugh made an excellent one-on-one tackle on Richardson, which kept him from converting the third down and made him fumble the football.
It got the ball to the offense, which leads to my next slide.
Dez Bryant Touchdown
The following possession quarterback Tony Romo led the offense down the field behind a series of complete passes and a bunch of penalties on the Browns secondary. The drive culminated with a Bryant 28-yard touchdown pass reception to put the Cowboys up 17-13
Dan Connor stuffs Trent Richardson
On a third-and-one play late in the fourth quarter with the game on the line, Connor made his biggest tackle as a member of the Cowboys, by stuffing a diving Richardson for no gain. The subsequent play Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden threw an incomplete pass and the Browns turned the ball over on downs.
Dwayne Harris Punt Return
Harris’ impact on special teams has been tremendous since taking over as the team’s primary punt returner. In overtime, he took a short punt and returned it 20 yards to set the Cowboys up with great field position inside of Browns territory.
Dan Bailey game-winning field goal
This one is no surprise. With the game on the line Bailey was money on Sunday. He kicked the game-winning 38-yard field goal and helped the Cowboys improve to 5-5 for the season.