10. The Cowboys beat the Jaguars by 14. Their classic helmets beat Jacksonville’s half-and-half hideousness by 42.
9. Cole Beasley fumbled. Jason Witten dropped a pass. Other than that, couldn’t have scripted a better trip across the pond.
8. Imagine how upset we’d be if an opposing quarterback threw a long touchdown and the referee jogged alongside him with an ear-to-ear grin. Because that’s what John Parry did to Tony Romo in the second quarter.
7. Still trying to figure out what was dumber: Romo still in the game late in the fourth quarter or the Jags’ Sen’Derrick Marks dancing in celebration of a sack with his team trailing by 24?
6. Dan Bailey has had a field goal blocked in consecutive weeks. But if he’s gonna miss, today was the right time. Like Dirk Nowitzki clanging a free throw in a Mavs’ 23-point win.
5. Dez Bryant now plays charades after his scores. He’s still got the “X” deal, but now he’s also incorporating LeBron James’ palms to the ground with chest-pounding, and also the hand signal of Jay-Z’s Roc Nation company.
4. The game had all the ambience of a London library. To make it worse, fans did the wave. And players wore red poppies on their helmets in remembrance of British soldiers who died in World War I. Just still not convinced the NFL needs a team there. In fact, I’m convinced it doesn’t.
3. I'll never grasp the “defenseless receiver” penalty. A pass sails toward Jacksonville’s Allen Hurns. If he catches it he’s a threat to run and score a touchdown. If he drops it he’s deemed “defenseless” and, therefore, untouchable. And Cowboys’ linebacker Anthony Hitchens has to make that determination – and, in effect, predict the future – while in mid-air.
2. Bryant’s second quarter was impressive – six catches for 158 yards and two touchdowns. But, admit it, the performance came against the NFL’s version of a junior varsity. Dez was shut down the last two weeks by cornerbacks named Bashaud Breeland and Patrick Peterson, but Jacksonville’s Jonathan Cyprien proved totally incapable of covering or tackling him, or anyone for that matter.
1. We can analyze and gloat and pretend the Cowboys suddenly found their mojo. But the only thing I took from this game is how horribly inept the Jaguars are.
A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He currently lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.