When pointing out the faults of the Cowboys on Sunday night in Washington, one must ask himself, “Where to start?” Poor playcalling? An inexplicable end to each half of the game? Alex Barron? We find ourselves confounded at the sheer number of options here, so we’ll just start at random in this week’s glass half empty look at Sunday’s Cowboys-Redskins game.
The fumble to end the first half seems a fitting place to begin, but it was by no means the team’s first mistake. Surely, you’ve heard the story by now, but, masochistic as we are, we’ll rehash it once more: Time running out on the first half, the Cowboys go for a Hail Mary and, with no options downfield, Tony Romo lobs the ball to Tashard Choice--who is summarily stripped by Redskins corner DeAngelo Hall, who took it in for a touchdown, giving the Redskins a 10-0 halftime lead and leaving Cowboys fans everywhere to scratch their heads and curse and heave stuff at the TV.
The Cowboys were penalized 12 times for 91 yards, which wouldn’t be so bad, if not for the timing of these penalties. You know that saying, “Timing is everything?” Replacement tackle Alex Barron doesn’t. His hold as time ran out on the game negated a potentially game-winning touchdown, but he wasn’t the only Cowboy guilty of an egregious penalty. Orlando Scandrick committed an offsides on a field goal attempt, giving the ‘Skins a first down. Nothing came of this break for Washington, but that, ladies and gentlemen, is bad, bad business for a football team with Super Bowl aspirations.
Oh, and David Buehler, who the Cowboys are hoping will stem the recent tide of kicking woes, badly missed on his only attempt.
Stay on top of the latest Dallas Cowboys news with NBCDFW.com. Follow NBC DFW Sports on Facebook or have breaking Cowboys news sent directly to your phone with Blue Star SMS alerts. Text "bluestar" to 622339 (NBCDFW) to subscribe to this free service. Read more about it here.