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Did 10-Day Layoff Hurt Cowboys At Seattle?

Dallas was whipped by Seattle 27-7 on Sunday afternoon

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After their season-opening win over the Giants in week one, the Dallas Cowboys had ten days to prepare for their week two foes, the Seattle Seahawks. But if there was any thought that this extra layoff might help Dallas to be ready for Seattle, it was quickly quelled by a handful of mistakes that put Dallas in a 10-0 hole early in the first quarter, a deficit from which Dallas never recovered.

The decidedly ugly tone was set by Felix Jones’ fumble of the opening kickoff, which led to a field goal for the Seahawks. When Dallas did finally get the ball, they went three-and-out before Chris Jones’ punt was blocked and returned for a touchdown. Then Tony Romo threw an interception--this was all in the first quarter.

It was so bad, in fact, that some have wondered if the extended layoff didn’t hurt the team. But the players don’t buy it.

"Every game is different, every week is different," said defensive end Marcus Spears, per ESPN Dallas. "You have to play these games to win them. Momentum is not a thing in the NFL. I don’t believe in it because every week is a different type of ballgame and in order for you to be a good team, you have to be able to bounce back from these and be able to move on from the wins, and that’s what we’re tying to do. I'm not trying to disband from the fact we lost this game because we have to watch it and make sure we don’t do it again and at the end of the day we've got Tampa Bay next week."

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