Well, that will bring us all (including our young QB) back to earth. Ouch. 42-17 at home, to a team that seems pretty good, but not great. But the Cowboys made them look invincible with that horrendous concoction of turnovers, bad tackling, and poor QB play.
Poor QB play? Yes. I said it. I think we all said it. He looked very poor. Now, this is what we expected 6 weeks ago from a guy playing his first games in the NFL. How does he respond next week in Atlanta? Cannot wait to find out. Here are as many notes that I can offer you on a day where my life-force is a bit low.
• Well, now this is a fine mess we have found ourselves in. Did we forget that the NFL season is a roller coaster? Haven’t we seen how you can go from the outhouse to the penthouse already this season? So, surely, we cannot be surprised when the opposite threatens to happen. Here is some horrible reality for you: Lose to Atlanta on Saturday, and by Sunday night you are no longer in first place in your own division. The Giants and Eagles play on Sunday, and someone is going to win. If it is the Giants, they have the tie-breakers. If it is the Eagles, it will set up an amazing Christmas Day match-up between Tony Romo and Jeff Garcia Tell me if you saw that in your crystal ball!
• Was there any point in the game when the defense looked close to having control of the play? It really looked like every play Drew Brees was going to have at least one player running totally free and the chains would keep moving and the scoreboard would keep adding up the points.
• Every week, especially following wins, I get emails from two groups of people. The Roy Williams faction and the Terrell Owens faction. Both of these groups tell me that I am too hard on their favorite players for constantly harping on Roy’s complete an utter inability to pass defend in space and for Terrell’s ability to drop passes that should be caught in the NFL. So, with that in mind, I won’t mention that once again Roy and Terrell’s weaknesses were exposed for all the world to see.
• Rowdy tried to jaw with Mike McKenzie. I am not kidding. And, McKenzie fell for it and starting jawing back. It was impossible to determine which one would be a more suitable partner for a game of Scrabble.
• Billy Cundiff is running up the score with a nice onside kick? Can anyone run up the score in the 3rd quarter of a game in the NFL?
• Reason #285 that I will never gamble on football: After seeing the Saints-Cowboys in the preseason, I would have never, ever gambled that the Saints would win 8 games all year. They are now 9-4. It is amazing. Sean Payton is doing such a great job. And honestly, I wonder if the Cowboys utilized any of his talents while he was here. We always heard about the play calling responsibilities being held by Bill Parcells. Well, the Payton offense all season makes you wonder if he is an offensive genius. That was impressive use of Mike Carney.
• I told you before, and I will tell you again; Live by the gunslinger and die by the gunslinger. It happens, bro. Romo could and should have had 5 INTs. It happens to all of them.
• Nice screen pass to Bush, eh? Reggie Bush and Vince Young are 10 times the players that Mario Williams could ever hope to be. The Houston Texans ought to apologize every day for screwing up the 2006 draft. They will be feeling the effects of that for about another 12 years, I would think.
• Nice pass rush. Not. The Cowboys cannot get to the QB with any regularity. That will get you killed quickly in the playoffs.
• Martin Gramatica missed a crucial QB in Vanderjagt fashion. Don’t think we have heard the end of kicker controversy in 2006.
• The Cowboys gave up on the run way too early. That has to be a record for a team that springs a 77 yard Touchdown run, then completely abandons the running game altogether.
• Drew Brees for MVP? I think I would go with LT out in SD, but Brees sure made a nice case in a game where he had to use Mike Carney and Jamal Jones. I cannot believe that without Joe Horn they walked in here and scored at will. But it happened.
• Meanwhile, the Dallas offense could not sustain a drive. They couldn’t move the chains despite playing against the only team in football history (ok, maybe not) with 3 white linebackers. I am not sure how that is relevant, but, it sure would be nice to see you test your former backup linebackers by exposing their weaknesses in such a way that they exposed your former backup QB.
• I guess I could go on and on, but the bottom line is that the Cowboys horribly wet the bed. Now, they trail New Orleans by one game and do not have the tiebreaker. Therefore, they have virtually blown any chance of a bye week. And, by Sunday, they could be back in as a wildcard. It has been a pretty pleasant 6 weeks around here, but now we are going to see what these boys can do when hit in the mouth with a knuckle sandwich. A very dangerous Atlanta Falcons squad lies in wait for Saturday.