Here are my initial thoughts on the Dallas Cowboys 30-21 loss to the San Diego Chargers.
What to take from the game- The Cowboys blew a huge opportunity to start the season 3-1 and to show they can actually contend in the NFC. Now, they just like a team that can compete in the abysmal NFC East. The team had an 11-point lead with 1:19 left in the 2nd quarter, and watched the Chargers score 20 unanswered points, scoring on 5 of their 6 possessions in the second half.The only one who probably had a worse Sunday than Monte Kiffin was his own son, who was fired from USC. Monte’s defense gave up 402 passing yards to Philip Rivers…wait Philip Rivers? Embarrassing.
It doesn’t get any easier with the Denver Broncos coming to Dallas next Sunday, as the Cowboys are now 0-2 against the AFC West this season. This also marks the third consecutive season the Cowboys have started 2-2. Mediocrity. This team is entrenched in it.
Where’s the defense? After Sean Lee’s interception return for a TD in the 2nd quarter, Rivers was able to torch the Cowboys through the air, who was playing with an offensive line flooded with backups.
After the Cowboys took a 21-10 lead, the Chargers called 37 plays for 310 yards and 20 points. The Chargers only got to a third down just five times out of those 37 plays. Rivers had all day to throw, and little pressure was given.
Where’s the offense?- After scoring two touchdowns in the 2nd quarter, the offense produced no points in the second half. In fact, they only called seven plays in the third quarter. And only had the ball three times in the entire second half. Unless you’re counting the pathetic excuse of a possession when the Cowboys got the ball with 1:07 left. In that case, they had the ball four times.
On their second possession, the drive was abruptly halted after Jason Witten couldn’t hold on to a beautiful seam pass by Tony Romo. A mental mistake by one of their best players in a critical third down situation. What else is new?
The Cowboys were forced to punt, allowing Antonio Gates to score on a 56 yard TD pass shortly thereafter.
The Cowboys third and final possession of the second half came to a halt when rookie Terrance Williams fumbled at the Chargers goal line, eliminating any chance of a comeback. Williams attempted to stretch the ball out to reach the goal line from about three or four yards away. He wasn’t even close to the goal line. Mental Mistake in a critical situation. See the pattern.
What’s Next- Peyton Manning and the Broncos come to AT&T Stadium next week, and face a Cowboys defense who just gave up 402 yards passing to Rivers. Cowboys fans should be biting their nails. However, in Manning’s last visit to Dallas, his Indianapolis Colts team was 9-0, and lost to Romo and the Cowboys 21-14.