The storyline with the Cowboys isn’t their ability to pass or run, it’s their ability to lose.
Dallas continues to find creative ways to come up short when it counts. Statistically, they had a monster game on Sunday. They went for 31 first downs, 12 more than the Ravens. They dominated the line of scrimmage and had 481 total yards compared to the Ravens' 316 yards. They even held the ball for 40 minutes compared to the Ravens' 20 minutes. Yet, when the game was on the line, the Cowboys crumbled.
First, Dallas gave up a 108 yard kick-off return for a touchdown in the 3rd quarter, then Dez Bryant let the game tying pass go directly through his hands with 30 seconds left in regulation. Finally Dan Bailey blew the potential game winning field goal with 5 seconds left on the clock.
This isn’t a Dallas team that lacks ability or talent. They simply lack that intangible ability to squeeze out a win when it matters. Even their coach Jason Garrett appears content with simply trying hard.
“I felt we fought really hard and well through a lot of different adversities in all three phases. [The Ravens] have been awfully good for a while. This team's been awfully good in this place for a while. We gave them everything they could handle.”
You “Gave them everything they could handle?” Well good for you.
I wonder if Garrett wants a ribbon and a piece of pizza to congratulate him for a great effort? Maybe Dallas can win “Most Improved Team?”
This is a Cowboy squad that lacks character, toughness, and grit. I fully expect them to get some wins simply because they have an abundance of talent, but look for Dallas to accomplish nothing of consequence in a year they’ve simply mailed in.
After the game, Ravens coach John Harbaugh had this to say, "They threw a lot of haymakers at us, our guys stepped up at the end and found a way to win the game."
Fighting analogies? Hmm, now that sounds more like an NFL coach. When did Texas become the land of soft men?