The most unlikely way to finish a game may have altered the course of the whole season. Overdramatic? Maybe. True…probably. The difference between 5-1 and 4-2 may only be just one game but in the big picture this loss feels worse than just one game. To come all the way back and have the game end on a blocked punt of all things just feels worse. A BLOCKED PUNT! While one loss in and of itself is not a big deal the psyche of the team is concerning. No longer dominant at home going into this game the Boys have played much better on the road. But now with all of the NFC East road games still to play and Pittsburgh, all of a sudden just getting into the playoffs is no longer a given.
It was the same time last year that a dramatic win in Buffalo, in roughly the same cercumstances, had Cowboy fans thinking big..real big. But now, just one year later, this loss could be a sign of things to come. Again, without being overdramtic they are still 4-2 and with games against the Rams and home vs Tampa in two weeks we could be 6-2 heading into a showdown with the Giants. But the bigger picture remains that this current edition has weaknesses, lots of them, that we supposedly corrected and are not:
- The offensive line, the same O-line that got abused by the Giants last year, got Romo beat up again yesterday. Also, for a 3rd straight game could not open many holes for MB3.
- The secondary, supposedly bolstered by M Jenkins & A Jones, could not stop K Warner in the 2nd half.
- Romo. When does he stop getting his a pass for his play? For a guy that has never won a playoff game he sure does get plenty of leeway. Should have at least 3 more turnovers yesterday. I know you are going say that I am crazy and to look at his stats. Thats fine. The numbers are there & when he is hot he is very good. All valid and I do agree. But Eli Manning took that next step. B Rothersberger has as well. P Rivers also. Maybe he needs a playoff win to do so. But the more I see Romo with his head down moping off the field instead of the fun loving, playful, winning QB the more I see the Cowboys season ending in the same heartbreaking fashion as it did yesterday …and last year.