GREEN BAY, WI - NOVEMBER 15: Roy Williams #11 of the Dallas Cowboys catches a pass in front of Nick Collins #36 of the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on November 15, 2009 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
In the penultimate installment of the worst Cowboys’ losses of 2010, we look at the team’s November 7 loss to the Packers at Lambeau Field. The defeat was ugly, off-putting, and enough to force Jerry Jones to make a midseason coaching change for the first time in his 21-year tenure as owner of “America’s Team.”
To this point, this list has been comprised greatly of close losses, in which the 2010 Cowboys’ undisciplined, often outright stupid brand of football bit them in the end of an otherwise not-so-terrible performance. This was not one of those.
Dallas amassed just 205 total yards on offense as they were spanked like a back-talking child by the Dom Capers-led Packer defense. Just 39 of these yards came on the ground and, of the 166 yards the team gained through the air, 86 were the doing of rookie Dez Bryant.
Even in a generally unwatchable season, this game stood out:
Jon Kitna was sacked four times; Dallas lost the time of possession battle by more than 15 minutes; the team surrendered four turnovers while forcing none.
If the utter misery of this game isn’t yet clear, consider that Jerry Jones had never before, in 21 seasons as the Cowboys’ owner, fired a head coach midseason. He said ad nauseum in 2010 that he wasn’t comfortable making such a move; but combined with six previous losses, the November 7 loss in Green Bay was enough to change his mind, and break what he had previously asserted was a firm personal rule.
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