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  • Big Loss Leaves Cowboys Flustered

    By Bill Coats

    A difficult week for the Dallas Cowboys reached its nadir Sunday, when the Rams pounded out a 34-14 victory at the Edward Jones Dome. The Rams' two-game winning "streak" mirrors the Cowboys' two-game slide.

    In an overtime loss to Arizona last week, Dallas quarterback Tony Romo broke the little finger on his right (throwing) hand. He was replaced by 40-year-old Brad Johnson, who slogged through a rugged outing Sunday.

    Speedy rookie running back Felix Jones and punter Mat McBriar also were lost to injuries. Then cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones was slapped with a league suspension Tuesday of at least a month for his involvement in a late-night scuffle with his own bodyguard at a Dallas hotel.

    Pacman had just landed a starting role because Pro Bowl cornerback Terence Newman had groin surgery Oct. 10.

    Suddenly, the Cowboys, popular preseason picks to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl, are 4-3 and fighting to resurrect their flagging season.

    "I'm angry, disappointed and embarrassed," second-year Cowboys coach Wade Phillips said. "We didn't want to get beat at all. But we shouldn't get beat like that, for sure. ... This is the worst game this team has played since I've been here."

    Said tight end Jason Witten: "To be 4-3 at this point ... nobody would've thought that."

    Cowboys owner Jerry Jones admitted that he but not his team, he stressed took the Rams too lightly. "I really did think when I walked out of our dressing room for the second half, I said, 'We'll get a couple of scores and we'll be back in it,'" Jones said. "I give the Rams the credit for that. I was just thinking a little lighter than I should have about this ballgame."

    The Cowboys outgained the Rams 341 yards to 325. But much of the Dallas real estate was gathered well after the outcome was decided, and an uncharacteristically sloppy performance helped keep the Cowboys in arrears most of the afternoon.

    Defensively, the Rams gobbled up four turnovers and sacked Johnson three times.

    "We're not even giving ourselves the chance to put points on the board," Witten said. "Seven points against this team? We're not running the ball, we're not giving the quarterback time, and we're not getting open like we should. ... It's unacceptable."

    Offensively, the Rams posted easily their highest point total of the year, prospering behind quarterback Marc Bulger's best day of the season, and running back Steven Jackson's 160-yard rushing output and three touchdowns.

    "We obviously need to play better," linebacker Greg Ellis said. "We just need to stick together. Not a lot more needs to be said."

    Wide receiver Terrell Owens insisted that the Cowboys weren't knocked off-kilter by the recent off-the-field occurrences. "No, we just have to come out and play," he said. "We got our butts kicked. We just have to regroup and turn this thing around.

    "We need to put those distractions if there were any behind us."

    Still, with the momentum clearly racing in the wrong direction, Dallas is facing an uncertain future in its quest to repeat as NFC East champions.

    "It was a tough day for all of us," said Johnson, a 17-year veteran. "There's a lot of football left, and we need to believe in each other. We'll be all right."

  • #2
    Re: Big Loss Leaves Cowboys Flustered

    A truckload of crying towels is being delivered to Texas Stadium right now.
    sigpic :ram::helmet:


    • #3
      Re: Big Loss Leaves Cowboys Flustered

      The funny thing is the person that people most critisize made no excuses. He said the Rams played a solid good game and gave them credit. Who was it none other than T.O. I think he's a passionate player, and he's allowed to complain, and he didn't He only touched the ball two times.

      The Cowboys lost goes to their entitled attitude. They thought that they were a better team. The rams knew they were the better team and that made the difference.


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        When the Cowboys pass the ball

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        Quarterback Tony Romo has been a superhero, leading the Cowboys to a 27-24 overtime victory over San Francisco in Week 2 despite a cracked rib and a punctured lung.

        Two weeks later, Romo was a dud, throwing three second-half interceptions in a 34-30 loss to Detroit, a game in which the Cowboys blew a 27-3 third-quarter lead.

        The winless Rams (0-5) can only hope Dallas and Romo are in dud mode Sunday at Cowboys Stadium. Despite lots of potential firepower on offense, the numbers don't add up for the Cowboys (2-3). On one hand, Dallas is seventh in the league in total offense, which ranks teams according to yards gained. Somehow all those yards have produced only 10 touchdowns this season.

        They are second-to-last in red zone offense, with only six TDs in 18 red zone trips. That 33 percent success rate trails only you guessed it the Rams, who have scored TDs on just 25 percent (three of 12) of their red zone opportunities.

        Hampered by changes and injuries on the offensive line, the Dallas running game has been close to nonexistent, ranking 27th in yards per game. On top of that, the Cowboys' top back and leading rusher, speedy Felix Jones, is expected to miss Sunday's game because of a high ankle sprain. Far removed from the glory days of Emmitt Smith and before that, Tony Dorsett Dallas has only one rushing touchdown this season. That's tied for second worst in the league with the Rams. (Kansas City has yet to score a rushing TD.)

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        "You just have to execute at different times," Romo said. "We've won a couple of really close games and executed well, and then we've lost one or two. So we're just going to do the little things better when they come."

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        "When I first kicked it, I thought, `Uh-oh, maybe I should've fallen on it,"' Romo said. "You have a sense that people are around you or you don't. And no one was around me."

        Offensive coordinator Jason Garrett said his sentiment during the play was similar to a basketball coach seeing a player put up a 30-footer.

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        They were without six injured starters and two more suspended, then lost several more to injuries, including Isaac Bruce, who had guaranteed a victory.

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        Wagoner: The Rams have made every effort to turn this into Bradford's team, and, through two weeks, it's absolutely become that. Bradford has had two strong statistical weeks to start the season, led a comeback win against Arizona in the opener and nearly did it again last week in Atlanta. He's clearly more comfortable in his second season with the same offensive coordinator in Brian Schottenheimer and surrounded by better skill position players such as tight end Jared Cook and receiver Tavon Austin. Bradford is showing signs of having the breakthrough season many have long expected. For the Rams' part, there's no doubt he's the guy moving forward and the decision-makers have repeatedly and publicly said as much.

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