Just when the Dallas Cowboys want to make you believe that they’re a different team, they follow their same old script that’s plagued them for recent seasons.
The team wants you to believe things are changing for the good, and they’re moving in the right direction.
Then bam! A step backwards.
The ‘Boys 17- 16 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday leaves them 1-1 on the season, and they have no one but themselves to blame. The team self-destructed in the second half against a less talented team. These self-destructions have been the norm for Cowboys fans the past several seasons.
This team is at .500 once again, a symbol of mediocrity, for their inability to close out games and ineptitude to elevate their play in the critical moments of a football game.
Trailing 17-13, Dez Bryant negated his huge day with a critical drop at midfield. Bryant hardly ever drops passes, but there he was dropping a pass that could have given the Cowboys a much needed first down and extended their drive. After the game Bryant stated, “That was a real bad mistake. That is not winning football…You can’t win like that.”
It’s OK though, he had a good game otherwise right?
On the next series when the Cowboys took the field, Tony Romo looked like the undrafted free agent quarterback he was before he even started for the team. Romo misfired on balls to Miles Austin, Jason Witten, and was almost intercepted. Yikes. Romo’s further input into game planning was supposed to help him excel in key moments.
Then, as the Chiefs were trying to run the clock out, Morris Claiborne was called for pass interference on a slant route by Donny Avery. Avery would have been short of the first down marker regardless, and Claiborne basically helped the Chiefs ice the game.
Penalties. Mental Mistakes. They always happen to this team in critical moments.
The icing on the cake for the Cowboys was on their last possession of the game. With just 16 seconds left, Romo threw a screen pass to DeMarco Murray over the middle of the field as the clock ran out. Why on earth would Romo throw that pass there?
Cowboys fans have to look at this game and think here we go again.
The team was unable to score while in the red zone, fumbled twice late in the game, and ended the game with a play that certainly wasn’t going to work.
The Cowboys elite players still haven’t shown they can handle the big time moments, and this will forever be the achilles heel for this team.