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Let's Play The Blame Game, Week Five Edition

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    It’s the day after another gut-wrenching Cowboys loss, and we all know what that means: It’s time to pass the buck, find a scapegoat and place the blame squarely on his slumping, no-good, game-losing, weekend-ruining shoulders. Ladies and gentlemen, here are your contestants for the Blame Game, Week Five edition:

    *Tony Romo. Romo threw for a career-high 406 yards and three touchdowns. That’s good. But he also threw three interceptions. That’s bad.

    *Mike Jenkins. Jenkins may be a good candidate in this week’s edition of the blame game--because the third-year South Florida product may have just had his worst game since coming into the league in 2008. He committed two pass interference penalties on the team’s first drive, and was burned by Kenny Britt for a 62-yard almost-touchdown. Oh, yes, and he dropped a gift of an interception. Not a good week for the 2009 Pro Bowl selection.

    *Jerry Jones. If the 2010 Dallas Cowboys season are the Titanic, Wade Phillips is Captain Edward J. Smith; this would make Jerry Jones J. Bruce Ismay, who not only botches everything up, but is allowed to survive once the ship goes under. Hey, that’s a pretty good analogy.

    *Wade Phillips. Okay, let us assume that, as the team itself is quick to remind us, the Dallas Cowboys are highly talented. Considering this, what does it say about Phillips, that this ostensibly talented group has been terribly undisciplined and unable to win in exactly three quarters of its games thus far? We don’t know. But it’s not good.

    *The offensive line. Marc Colombo committed a costly unsportsmanlike conduct penalty by spiking the ball after a fourth quarter touchdown. Leonard Davis was so bad through the first half that he was benched and replaced by backup Montrae Holland. The unit, as a whole, was awful, and consistently unable to keep Romo on his feet. In all, Romo was sacked six times on Sunday.

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