The Star’s Five Corners: Dallas Cowboys vs. Philadelphia Eagles
The Dallas Cowboys have become the “cardiac Cowboys, indeed.
Needing to get a win on Sunday night, the Cowboys, as has been customary, came out lukewarm on offense, on defense and special teams. It looked as if the Philadelphia Eagles were going to run away with it early in the game, literally.
The Cowboys’ injury ravished defense got gouged for huge gains on the ground by Eagles’ backup running back Bryce Brown, who was in the game for an injured LeSean McCoy. Brown for what it’s worth had an outstanding night behind 169 yards on 24 carries and 2 touchdowns. He did, however, cough the ball up in the fourth quarter leading to a Morris Claiborne fumble recovery touchdown, which gave the Cowboys a comfortable 38 to 27 lead.
I find how easily the Eagles moved the ball on offense concerning, though. I’ve been trying to remain optimistic about Rob Ryan’s defense, but I’m losing confidence in him more and more with every game played.
Where’s this defensive genius everyone talked about when he took over as the team’s defensive coordinator? Jerry Jones went out and got him some new toys on defense in Claiborne and Brandon Carr. So, why aren’t we seeing the results?
I mean, the whole time last season the feeling was that if the team had a better secondary it would translate to more wins, right? But, the defense has been just as inconsistent as they were last season. I know that injuries have a lot to do with it, but the great coordinators make adjustments and fins ways to get the most out of the guys that they do have.
Enough ranting though, these are five things I took away from Sundays’ game.
Romo was almost perfect on Sunday behind 303 yards on 22 of 27 passing attempts with three touchdowns. Along with the win on Sunday, Romo became the Cowboys all-time passing touchdown leader by recording his 166th passing touchdown. He went on to pass for his 167th and 168th also.
Bryant became the second player in NFL history with 475 receiving yards and six touchdowns in weeks 10 through 13. The first was Terrell Owens in 2007 as a member of the Cowboys. What’s the common factor? Romo’s their quarterback (in my T.O. voice)
Don’t think there’s someone who the Cowboys missed more on offense than Murray. Coming off of an ankle injury that nearly ended his season, Murray contributed with 83 yards on 23 carries and one touchdown. It’s redundant to say, but Murray has to stay healthy for the Cowboys offense to be successful.
Free has been really bad this season, and that's an understatement. He constantly gets beat by the bull-rush and is having the time of his life against speed rushers. More often than not, he’s about six-yards in the backfield once the ball is snapped. In his defense, though he is making the switch from left tackle to right tackle and has been battling knee and ankle problems in both legs.
What I don’t understand, however, is that knowing that, why Jason Garrett continues to play him? If the guy needs time to recover give it to him, and play Jeremy Parnell.
I talked about the defense getting burned and amongst them is the $50 million man, Carr. I really expected a lot more than what the team is getting out of him and now in back-to-back games Carr has been caught sleeping on touchdown plays. For the sake of the team and his, I hope Carr is simply having a couple of bad games and that this isn’t and won’t be a recurring thing.