Cowboys Get The Dirty Bird Business From Falcons – Signs Of Trouble?
For those who fantasized about the Dallas Cowboys playing in Super Bowl 50, by virtue of being America’s Team, the TV ratings Darling of the NFL, as
well as the most visible and valuable sports franchise in the world, you might want to wake up from your misplaced delusion. The Cowboys have a lot of work to do. That fact was established at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas Sunday afternoon against the Atlanta Falcons, as the Dirty Birds rolled over Your Heroes to the tune of 39-28.
Cowboys’ Most Wanted!
It must be admitted that there are very few teams of any sport that can be genuinely expected to win when playing without 10 of their starters. And
that’s exactly the number Dallas was without at times during the game. It matters not whether they are missing due to injury or suspension. Missing that many quality players is bound to have an effect on the final outcome, regardless of how deep your team is.
The fact is that Brandon Weeden is not an NFL starting quarterback. Tony Romo is. But Weeden has the job until Romo returns from his broken
collarbone or………………………………………………………….Matt Cassell is named the starter in place of Weeden. But that’s another story for another time and writer!
Surprise! Surprise! Surprise!
The fact is also that this game turned out to be just as surprising as the first two in a few ways.
The first surprise is that the Cowboys running game showed up in a big way early, then disappeared in the second half.
The second surprise is that Weeden’s accurate passing continued from the first game and combined with therunning game for a fast start and 28 first half points.
The third surprise is that the Dallas Defense that was seen in the first two games only showed up briefly, but was not to be found for most of the game.
Signs of Trouble for the Cowboys.
For the second time in the first three games of this young season, Lance Dunbar was the Cowboys’ leading receiver. He finished the day against the
Falcons with 10 catches for 100 yards.
Which means that, for the second time this season, the leading receiver for the Cowboys was not a regular receiver by position.
For all the hype of bringing Scott Linehan in for the purpose of making sure the Cowboys were committed to the run, the Cowboys have been anything but committed to the run so far this season. The Running Back by Committee approach that was supposed to replace the departed DeMarco Murray has not materialized.
In fact, what seems to be happening is a repeat of the horrid practice before the arrival of Scott Linehan. The running game, instead of consistently being used to keep the defense honest and manage the clock and game, seems to be abandoned in favor of the short passing game. This inconsistent use of the running game is giving equally inconsistent results, results that were quite obvious last year when the Cowboys were open about their intent to run and followed that intent with action.
Through the first three games this season, it is obvious that nothing is clear about the Cowboys offensive philosophy. Even before the loss of Tony Romo in the third quarter of the second game against the Eagles, the inconsistency was evident. It has remained with the presence of Brandon Weeden and is magnified with the inexperienced backup.