Posts Tagged ‘NFC East’

September 28th, 2010
HOUSTON - SEPTEMBER 26: Cornerback Mike Jenkins  of the Dallas Cowboys celebrates his interception against the Houston Texans in the third quarter with linebacker Leon Williams  at Reliant Stadium on September 26, 2010 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Yesterday, the Cowboys got their first victory of the season against their Texas stepchild, the Houston Texans.

The Cowboys were close to drowning in a sea of expectations that were so out of control, Jerry Jones had trouble dealing.

The Super Bowl is being played in Jerry World (Cowboys Stadium) this season, and Dallas has enough talent for more than a few teams in the NFL, so they were the “logical” choice to make the Super Bowl.

Well, as my pencil-pushing ESPN friend Lee Corso would say, “not so fast, my friend.”

Dallas entered yesterday’s match-up with a record of 0-2. The Texans were riding high at 2-0, coming off of huge victories against a division foe in the Indianapolis Colts and a comeback victory against the Washington Redskins, so their confidence level was Texas-sized.

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September 21st, 2010
Aug 15, 2010; Oxnard, CA, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) and offensive coordinator Jason Garrett at training camp at River Ridge field. Photo by Image of Sport Photo via Newscom

For any team to start the season 0-2 and for people to celebrate, it would have to be the Dallas Cowboys.

This past Sunday “America’s Team” dropped their third straight game dating back to the end of last season when they were run over by a Minnesota freight train. The Cowboys looked out of balance, out of whack and out of sorts against the Bears as the team struggled to identify themselves.

This game was the Cowboys home opener and they were expected to even their record for the year and come to 1-1. But I guess Cowboys offensive coordinator Jason Garrett and his playbook had other plans because from the looks of things, Garrett forgot about his team’s main strength: The running game.

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September 15th, 2010
ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 9: Roy E. Williams #11 of the Dallas Cowboys is tackled by Sheldon Brown #24 of the Philadelphia Eagles after gaining 17-yards on a second quarter catch during the 2010 NFC wild-card playoff game at Cowboys Stadium on January 9, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

This past Sunday the Dallas Cowboys faced off against the Washington Redskins to kick off their 2010/2011 National Football League season. Jerry Jones, Tony Romo, Dez Bryant, new $54 million dollar man Miles Austin, and the rest of the Cowboys crew were all there.

But did Cowboys wide receiver Roy Williams bother to show?

Last week, former Cowboys and Hall of Fame wide receiver Michael Irvin said that the Cowboys have no shot at winning the Super Bowl because of Mr. Roy Williams. Irvin said the Cowboys are playing “10 vs. 11” with him on the field because his presence is pretty much non-existent.

Irvin went on to say that once rookie Dez Bryant gets going and replaces Williams in the line-up, he’ll change his pick and choose the Cowboys to win the Super Bowl.

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September 13th, 2010
LANDOVER - SEPTEMBER 12: Felix Jones  of the Dallas Cowboys runs the ball during the NFL season opener against the Washington Redskins at FedExField on September 12, 2010 in Landover, Maryland. The Redskins defeated the Cowboys 13-7. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)

Last night the Dallas Cowboys faced off against their hated inter divisional foe, the Washington Redskins.

This was supposed to be the game where Dallas showed everyone that their offensive woes in the preseason was just the product of, well, the preseason and that their offensive line would pull it together even with two starting lineman in the infirmary.

Well, they didn’t prove anything or anyone wrong. Not only did the Cowboys choke on their own misfortunes, but they showed the National Football League the biggest and truest weakness of their team: The offensive line.

Way back when in training camp, offensive linemen Kyle Kosier and Marc Colombo injured their knees and made plenty of Cowboys fans place their hands firmly on the big red panic button. But team owner Jerry Jones said that there was no need for panic, Colombo would be back by the first week and Kosier’s injury was “minor” and the team would maybe seem in the last preseason game.

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September 2nd, 2010
SAN DIEGO - AUGUST 21: Quarterback Tony Romo  of the Dallas Cowboys jogs in for the first play of their preseason NFL football game against San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on August 21, 2010 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

This past Saturday the Dallas Cowboys put some of their fans on life support with their poor performance against the Texans. The team rushed for a paltry 13 yards, averaging a meager 1.1 yards per carry, and the offensive line showed a few signs of worry when they failed to recognize a few stunts and twists by the Texans defensive line.

I guess Houston was out to prove that the saying “don’t mess with Texas” should be re-written to say “don’t mess with the Texans.”

We learned that Houston takes its preseason play pretty dang serious. Houston’s budding star running back Arian Foster rushed for 118 yards, Matt Schaub’s quarterback rating went north of 90, and the defense looked about as mean as Barry Bonds after a steroid injection.

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August 29th, 2010
SAN DIEGO - AUGUST 21: Quarterback Tony Romo  of the Dallas Cowboys looks to hand off the ball to running back Marion Barber  their preseason NFL football game against San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on August 21, 2010 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Saturday the Dallas Cowboys flew back to Texas to face off against the Houston Texans after wrapping training camp in Oxnard, California. Dallas has looked a little less than average in the preseason and Saturday’s game was supposed to be a dress rehearsal for the season opener.

I guess Jerry forgot to tell his ‘Boys that they had a game to play.

The Texans came out and played inspired football and the Cowboys looked, well, uninspired. If anything they were still having California dreams but living a Texan sized nightmare.

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August 25th, 2010
Aug 15, 2010; Oxnard, CA, USA; Dallas Cowboys tight end Martellus Bennett (80) at training camp at River Ridge field. Photo by Image of Sport Photo via Newscom

Injuries abound for the Dallas Cowboys just like they do for every other NFL team. When the team is hit, it’s up to that team to adjust. Maybe it’s signing another player to add depth or to act as a replacement or the team calls on another player to step-up.
Martellus Bennett, you’re up.

The Dallas Cowboys lost tight end John Phillips to a season ending ACL injury in the first preseason game of the year against the Bengals. Phillips was giving a serious push to replace Bennett as the team’s back-up behind Witten before his devastating injury.

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August 23rd, 2010
Aug 12, 2010; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys safety Gerald Sensabaugh (43) during the preseason game against the Oakland Raiders at Cowboys Stadium. Photo by Image of Sport Photo via Newscom

When it rains, people get wet. It’s up to us to stay dry. The Dallas Cowboys are soaked right now. Dallas Cowboys starting strong safety Gerald Sensabaugh partially separated his shoulder this past Saturday against the Chargers. According to reports Sensabaugh is done for the pre-season and will possibly miss the season opener against the Washington Redskins.

For my count the Cowboys are up to two sprained ankles, a couple of bum knees, and one injured shoulder. The offensive line is hurting, first round draft pick Dez Bryant is still out with an ankle injury, and now Sensabaugh with his shoulder.

When it rains…

For the team the majority of their injuries aren’t truly major and are happening before the season starts. If this were week eight of the NFL season then Cowboys owner Jerry Jones may have something to worry about.

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August 20th, 2010
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) holds his head after having his helmet knocked off during second quarter of their preseason NFL game against the New York Jets at New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey August 16, 2010.  REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton  (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)

Injuries are never becoming of an NFL team, just ask the 2009 New York Football Giants. It seems that when one player goes down it creates a domino effect and the entire team starts on a downward spiral. 2010 Denver Broncos seems to know this all too well.

This year the Dallas Cowboys have faced issues on their offensive line. Starting right tackle Marc Colombo recently went down with a bum knee and now starting left guard Kyle Kosier is out with…a…bum…knee. Back-up tackle Alex Barron has a sprained ankle as well.

See what I mean when I say domino effect?

The offensive line, in my humble opinion, is the weakest part of the team in Dallas. Last year they were completely ravaged by Minnesota’s scary pass rush and a few years ago the Giants made work of them in the 4th quarter of a playoff game. A few of the guys are different, but it’s pretty much the same crew from 2007.

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August 18th, 2010
Aug. 14, 2010 - Oxnard, California, United States of America - Aug 14, 2010: Dallas Cowboys guard KYLE KOSIER.

First there was news that Marc Colombo would need surgery on his knee and could miss up to four weeks. Now news out of Cowboys training camp is that starting left guard Kyle Kosier will miss 4 – 6 weeks with a sprained MCL in his right knee.

Dallas fans, we may have a problem.

Kosier played every game for the ‘Boys last season and is in the last year of his contract. Kyle’s backup is Montra Holland, who is the equivalent of an NFL journeyman.

With Kosier out for at least a month, Colombo gone for the next week or so, and still an uncertainty about Doug Free at left tackle, the Cowboys face a growing issue in front of Tony Romo.

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