Cowboys Fizzle, While Redkins Dazzle
The Washington Redskins absolutely dominated the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday during a 27-6 routing that had the Cowboys ending their regular season on a sour note.
For the Redskins it was their fourth straight victory as they continue to play inspired football since the death of Sean Taylor. On the flip side, the Cowboys continued their string of uninspired football and many are fearful of their latest efforts, and what seems like an overall complacency that has set in.
In their last three games, the team has scored only 32 total points after averaging 30 points or more for the first 13 games of the season. They have now lost two of their last three games, with both losses coming against NFC East rivals. At a time when most teams are playing their best football of the season, the Cowboys are playing their worst. They now head into their bye week wondering what happened to the team that was once considered the favorites to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl only three weeks ago.
Dallas fans hoped to see Jason Witten and Tony Romo set new franchise and NFL records, but instead were treated to some less notable records instead. They set the franchise record for worst rushing yards (-1) and worst total yards (147). They allowed an aging and unproductive Clinton Portis to become the first running back to rush for 100 yards this season.
For the first time this season, the Cowboys looked frustrated, angry and bewildered by their lackluster play during their last three games. Tony Romo finally had the smile wiped off of his face as he threw his helmet in disgust as his frustration clearly got the best of him.
Even Wade Phillips admitted to playing "uninspired" football. "I told our guys and I feel this way, the word for us is ‘uninspired,’" Phillips said. The trouble with playing uninspired football in the NFL, is that it often leads to disappointment and heartbreak.
Maybe it was Patrick Crayton who said it best…
"We were very, very uninspired," Crayton said. "You don’t ever want to play like that. Yeah, people said we had nothing to play for, but I don’t ever like to lose and we did have something to play for. We had a chance to go 14-2 and have the best (regular-season) record in franchise history. We can’t play like this. But we’ve got two weeks to get it right."
The Cowboys were without Andre Gurode, Terrell Owens and Terrence Newman, who were all nursing injuries, but most of their starters were in the game throughout most of the damage inflicted by the Redskins. Marion Barber fell 19 yards short of his first 1,000 yards rushing season, and Jason Witten fell four catches short of breaking the NFL record for catches by a tightend. Terry Glenn started the game for the first time this season, but was hit hard and often and had no catches on the day.
Well, the Cowboys now have two weeks to figure things out and try to find something positive that they can take from this game. Ironically, these same Redskins could face the Cowboys again in the Playoffs. The Cowboys need to get healthy and do some serious soul searching. Wade Phillips who has never won a post season game in his career, must get this team firing on all cylinders before we face the best the NFC has to offer. The Cowboys season is far from over, but they need to start playing football like they did at the start of the season if they want to advance.