The Dallas Cowboys are 1-3, last in the NFC East, and yet the offense piles up yards easier than picking apples in an orchard. The Cowboys also know how to pile up mistakes.
In the loss to the Titans at Cowboys Stadium, the Cowboys offense piled up 511 yards, which is the team's first since 2007. The offense was the most in a non-overtime game since the Vikings had 513 yards in 1998.
Tony Romo threw for 406 yards, and Felix Jones became the first Cowboys back this year to run for over 100 yards. Yet, Romo threw three interceptions, including one that was tipped on a scoring drive in the redzone. The offensive line gave him little protection, despite the amount of offense the team accumulated.
With Tony Romo throwing for 406 and Felix Jones rushing for 109, today’s game marked the first time in club history that Dallas had a 400-yard passer along with a 100-yard rusher.
With all of that high-flying offense you would expect a "W" for the Cowboys. Think again.
The Cowboys had game-killing penalties and made too many errors.Romo was sacked six times. Marc Colombo cost the Cowboys for a ridiculous celebration. Michael Jenkins couldn't cover anything.
Romos said of his errors:
"First one I think, down by the goal line, was tipped coming out. It is unfortunate, it’s disappointing, very frustrating right now. It’s hard to take really. The ball bounces like that a few times, it’s very, very difficult to take.”
All we saw was the offense pile up yards in an embarrassing give away of a win--and they team was coming off a bye.
This is a problem, and the accountability needs to come from Wade Phillips. The offense can score, but the defense has trouble stopping the big plays and someone is always making a penalty.
The Cowboys are already 1.5 games out of first, and the schedule gets a lot tougher. The Vikings are up next. This is the team's worst start since 2001. The defense allowed a 100-yard rusher for the second time in a row after streak of 18 games without one.
The Cowboys had almost double the passing plays than running plays.
But the most striking stat was the 12 penalties for 133 yards. That is disgusting. That is what undisciplined teams do.
Phillips said on NFL.com:
"It was an exasperating game," coach Wade Phillips said. "It looked like we had turned a corner, then it went the other way on us. ... I don't have any qualms about our heart, but our execution needs to be better."
The entire team is in shambles. They are losing like they do in December. Jerry Jones appears stuck with giving Phillips an opportunity to turn this team in the right direction. But if he doesn't Cowboys fans can rejoice that a new coach would most definitely be on the way.