From The Armchair: Dallas Cowboys - Week 2
Last week, defense was the name of the game for the Cowboys, as the Dallas D accounted for six turnovers that led to 23 points. This week, against the Chiefs, the defense was again solid, allowing just 17 points and coming up with several big plays to push Kansas City out of scoring range. The problem for the Cowboys in week 2 was that the offense failed to show up for the last three quarters of the game and Dallas lost to the Chiefs 17-16.
The one quarter the offense did show up was electric, as Tony Romo found Dez Bryant, benefitting from man coverage almost all day, five times for 100 yards and one TD. After that, the best the Cowboys could do was three Dan Bailey field goals and the Romo/Bryant connection could only muster 4 more catches for 41 yards in the last three quarters of the game. That lull was best highlighted by Bryant's drop of a perfectly thrown pass of a 30+ yard pass late in the game as the Cowboys were driving for the go ahead score. Oh yea, the Dallas O converted only 3 of 11 third downs on the day too.
A big part of the offensive no-show this week was the Dallas run game. The Cowboys ran 61 plays on Sunday and only 13 were designed runs, leaving DeMarco Murray to scuffle for 25 yards on 12 carries. Is that a case of the Dallas offense taking what the Chiefs were giving them (Tony Romo was a very Romo-like 30-42 for 298 yards, though he looked awful in clutch time in the 4th) or is it the design of new offensive coordinator Bill Callahan? Still hard to say but, at times, the Dallas offensive line looked pathetic and Romo was sacked three times and hurried many more, and DeMarco Murray had little room to run on those rare occasions when he did get the ball.
Overall, while the defense was certainly solid, the offensive no-show earns the Cowboys an "F" today. Sam Bradford and the Rams are up next week and, if the Cowboys offense can't score any more next week against a Rams D that's yielded 55 points in two games, it could be a long year in Dallas.