After the Dallas Cowboys’ 17-16 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs two weeks ago, I wrote about how the team continues to follow the same old script year after year.
They surprised almost nobody and followed the same recipe for failure in today’s 30-21 loss to the San Diego Chargers.
It is evident that this team just doesn’t know how to win. Up 21-10 in the second quarter, Cowboys fans had to be salivating at the thought of possibly starting the season 3-1, and being in the driver’s seat of the NFC East.
Then, all of the sudden, the Cowboys of old came back.
After Sean Lee’s pick six, the Cowboys held an 11-point lead with 1:19 remaining in the second quarter. An 11-point lead. The defense allowed Philip Rivers to drive right through them, allowing the Chargers to kick a field goal at the end of the half.
An 8-point lead instead of an 11-point lead. A two possession game compared to a one possession game. Another emotional letdown at the end of the half for the defense. Mental mistake #1, losing recipe ingredient #1.
In the third quarter, the Cowboys looked flat, and left many wondering if the team was even in San Diego anymore. Certainly both the offensive and defensive units were absent.
Tony Romo and the offense only called seven plays in the third quarter. Seven. On their second possession of the half, Romo completed a third down pass to Cole Beasley, which was called back for holding on Ronald Leary. Mental mistake #2, losing recipe ingredient #2.
On that same drive, on third and long, Romo threw a beautifully placed ball on a seam route to Jason Witten. The ball struck Witten’s chest and fell to the ground. A Pro Bowl tight end, dropping a pass when it mattered the most. Mental mistake #3, losing recipe ingredient #3.
Lastly, on the Cowboys third possession of the second half, Terrance Williams reeled in a catch from Romo about three to four yards short of the goal line. Williams attempted to stretch the ball out over the goal line, and fumbled. He was never even remotely close to scoring. The rookie should have tucked the ball, and played for the next down. Mental mistake #4, losing recipe ingredient #4.
On that play Romo had Dez Bryant in man coverage. Romo threw the ball to a rookie who fumbled the game away, instead of the Cowboys big time playmaker. Why on earth? Throw the ball up to Dez! Give him a chance! Mental mistake #5, losing recipe ingredient #5.
Overall, in my opinion the Cowboys had five huge mental mistakes in today’s loss to the San Diego Chargers. That’s not a winning recipe in today’s NFL.
As much as the Dallas Cowboys play well, or look impressive, in the end, something always goes wrong.
This team doesn’t know how to win. And they prove it on a weekly basis.