Here are my initial thoughts and observations of the Dallas Cowboys 49-17 loss to the New Orleans Saints on Sunday Night Football.
What It Means- The Cowboys now drop to 5-5 on the season and by the time they play the New York Giants on November 24th, they could be out of first place in the NFC East. Currently, the ‘Boys are tied atop the division with the Philadelphia Eagles but do hold a tiebreaker over them as a result of their 17-3 win at Lincoln Financial earlier this year. Miraculously, the Giants and Washington Redskins, both at 3-6, are only a game out of first in the lost column in the NFL’s worst division.
This loss was also the largest blowout in the Jason Garrett era, and perhaps the most embarrassing performance the team put forth all season. Garrett and Co. will have a long time to think about this one as they head into their bye week.
Defense Scorched- The Saints totaled 602 yards of offense and had 40 first downs, setting a NFL record. EMBARRASSING.
Drew Brees and Co. scored on 8 of eleven possessions, and one possession even ended on a missed field goal. Mark Ingram rushed for 145 yards, and Pierre Thomas also added 87 yards on the ground. In addition, wideout Marques Colston ran circles around the defense and finished with 107 yards receiving. And Brees missed a 400 yard day by 8 yards.
Monte Kiffin where is your defense?
I guess Kiffin can place some blame on the absences of Morris Claiborne and Jason Hatcher, as well as the in game absences of Sean Lee and Justin Durant. DeMarcus Ware was in and out of the game tonight as well, and doesn’t look like he’s quite at 100%. But even with injuries, that was too easy for the Saints.
Offense A No-Show- Not only was the defense absent tonight, Tony Romo and the offense were no where to be found as well. The Cowboys finished 0 for 9 on third down, and totaled just 193 yards of offense. Dez Bryant was virtually a non-factor all night, and no one in the passing attack really showed up for the ‘Boys. The only bright spot was DeMarco Murray’s 89 rushing yards, most of which came in the first quarter. Other than that, the offensive unit produced next to nothing. Somewhere on Bourbon Street, Rob Ryan is smiling and celebrating tonight.
What’s Next- Cowboys Nation will anxiously await the MRI results on Sean Lee’s left hamstring on Monday. The Cowboys can’t afford to lose their for sure pro-bowler and quarterback on defense for an extended period of time. Hopefully, the MRI results come back negative. Hold your breaths Cowboys fans.
The Cowboys don’t play again until November 24th vs. the New York Giants, and will surely be suffering from the bye-week blues as a result of tonight’s blowout.
Did you find another moral victory somewhere Jerry Jones?