ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 19: Quarterback Jay Cutler #6 of the Chicago Bears looks to pass against the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on September 19, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Not much good can be said about the Dallas Cowboys after Sunday afternoon’s 27-20 loss to the Chicago Bears. The simple and painful fact is that, for all we know, the Cowboys just aren’t that good of a football team right now.
The offense can’t seem to find itself at all. Maybe that goes for the team as a whole, we don’t know. But when Romo is having a hard time finding Jason Witten and Miles Austin--and can’t hit Tashard Choice on a dump pass on a crucial third and five--something’s wrong.
Jason Garrett, as he is wont to do, once again completely abandoned the run game. Okay, so Dallas only averaged 1.8 yards per attempt--we get it. But there’s just no excuse for Tony Romo throwing 51 times, while the team runs it only 21 times. Even in today’s NFL--in which, it’s often said, you have to be able to pass to win--that is plain old bad business.
David Buehler went two of three on field goals, and is now two for four on the season. But in his most crucial attempt as the Cowboys’ place kicker thus far--a 44-yard attempt which would have tied the game at 20 in the fourth quarter--he hooked the ball, missing badly. You’d think that Jerry Jones, the man who hardly shied away from the Super Bowl talk this offseason, would want to think about hedging his bet and bringing in a veteran, but alas, nothing. He, as he said afterward, remains confident. Buehler is the kicker and, pardon our skepticism, but that is a fair reason to be concerned.
Oh, and the defense? They couldn’t force an interception from Jay Cutler. Jay. Cutler. This doesn’t bode well, sports fans.
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