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Cowboys Negative Trends Continue In 34-27 Loss To Titans

The Cowboys have played only four games and I am already tired of writing it…”The Cowboys lose because they cannot get out of their own way.” The Cowboys have not had a game all season that they should not have won, if they could only stop making the basic mistakes that most other teams have already figured out how to avoid. When you look at the statistics the Cowboys clearly dominated yet another opponent in every category, and as is the story, in penalties and turnovers as well. The Cowboys lack of discipline continues to be the common thread of why this team cannot win. It started on the first preseason game and continued beyond opening Titans possession.

The Cowboys had three pass interference penalties (1 declined) on the opening drive of the game. Mike Jenkins was the main culprit receiving two, that set up the Titans for a Nate Washington touchdown reception that Orlando Scandrick interfered on, but had his penalty declined for the touchdown.

While I noted in my preview that stopping Vince Young and Chris Johnson would be the keys, the Cowboys were not particularly effective in either. While Young only had 173 yards passing, he did have 2 touchdown passes and kept a few drives alive with his feet. The real threat was Johnson who tallied 131 yards on 19 carries with 2 TDs, racking up a 6.9 yards/carry average, making it two consecutive weeks the Cowboys have given up 100 yards rushing to one player.

While Romo and company had a decent game, they could not overcome the needless and senseless penalties. The Cowboys were penalized 12 times for 133 yards, had many others declined, and committed 3 turnovers. Those numbers that even the best teams cannot overcome. Too many times they stopped drives where they were moving the ball and on the flip side, gave the Titans extra chances to stay on the field.

Cowboys RB Felix Jones had a great game rushing for 109 yards on 15 carries. Jones became the first back to go over the century mark for the Cowboys in 18 games. Romo finished 31-46 for 406 yards with 3 touchdowns and 3 picks. Two of Romo’s interceptions were not all his fault. The first one went off TE Martellus Bennett’s hands in the end zone and was picked off. The second was deflected at the line of scrimmage and Titans rookie CB Alterraun Verner made a great break on the ball to snatch it away from Bennett.

The player of the game had to be Chris Johnson who had a really impressive effort and showed why he is arguably the best running back in the NFL. He displayed great explosiveness and speed while always fighting for tough yards. The Cowboys standout player had to be Felix Jones who was also very impressive running the ball. Miles Austin and Roy Williams also had great games for the Cowboys going for 15 receptions for a combined 253 yards and a touchdown each but it was not enough.

Cowboys fans are now left wondering where to go from here. The Cowboys continue to make mistakes due to a lack of discipline on the field, the same mistakes they have been making since the preseason. Why the coaching staff is not getting through to the players is a mystery. Hats off to the Titans who proved that the NFC East is little competition for them now that they have won both road games against the Giants and Cowboys.

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5 Responses to “Cowboys Negative Trends Continue In 34-27 Loss To Titans”

  1. all i can say is f–k the cowboys im getting tired of there mistakes fire the coach and let go of romo

  2. Sir< we cannot blame the coaches or the QB for the mistakes that happen in the field!All the players are doing thier job, but at times they over do it, cowboys are a very good team but the game is played in the field and play by play, but not even the players them self know what's going to happen when the ball is snapped or even before yet until they see the yellow flag is on the turf, and this goes for all football teams, we fans want for our team win every game but this is not possiable. Never give up to your team, always support them they work very hard to please us on every game day.

    • robbo24 says:

      @Lupe Montelongo,……

      Lupe you have to understand Johnny’s frustration. The coaches are not absolved from doing their jobs. Their (the coaches) jobs are to place the team in the best possible position to win. I’m like Johnny. I don’t see it. The coaches have to take responsibility for not making the same mistakes.

      I can speak for myself that I see the same glaring mistakes gain and again. Tony Romo staring down his intended receiver making it easier for DB’s to react to his passes. An over reliance on passing. Not using RB’s in play action, or play action screens.

      All the while the coach makes no adjustments only forcing the same plays that don’t work. Over and over again,….. Lupe going on your comments you’re a true fan. As we all are, but I’m about done watching these coaches for four years running useless game plans that we see game in and game out. I can tell just about what the Cowboys will run by just looking at their formations. If I can tell it. The opposing Defensive Coordinator can. Titians HC Jeff Fisher is one of the best in the business when defense is concerned.

      We support the Cowboys. We don’t support losing when we have all the pieces needed to avoid losses like this.

  3. Mike Jackson says:

    Dear Delusional Dallas Cowboys Fans

    Over the past 15 years one thing has remained consistent with the Cowboys; Jerry Jones management. Management sets the culture for any organization including a football team. Jones is an egomaniac who is all about flash with no substance. Jones is more concerned with how he looks as a “football” man than the end results on the field. We see evidence of this in how he uses his top draft picks and trade/free agent moves. We see it on the field in penalties on field. There is no coincidence that regardless of coach that the Cowboys are in the top five in penalties every year since the departure of Jimmy Johnson. It should be expected that Cowboys would be penalized for over celebrating pulling even with a mediocre Titans team with a bad QB. That is just another manifestation of the team’s culture; flash and style but no substance. When you are overly concerned with flash you forget important thing like details. You know details like remembering the snap count, coverage schemes, proper alignment on kick off coverage, blitz pick-ups and spacing on pass routes. It doesn’t matter that Wade Phillips is unemotional or is hands off with the offense. How is he suppose to discipline the team we he can’t bench or fine a player? Moreover he can’t even recommend cutting of or trading of a player to GM Executive Coach Jerry Jones and expect it to be seriously considered. So with that in mind please Cowboys fans answer me this:
    If we the Cowboys fans do not lend our voice in protest and with close our pocket book in unison to Jerry Jones why should we expect him to change the management structure of the team? As long as every home game is sold out and Cowboys merchandise is number 1 or in the top 5 in sales he is not going to change a thing. And until we act, we “the fans” are just getting what we deserve. Please check out Fire Jerry Jones on Facebook. Let us the fans exercise the power of our voices and pocket books. Do it for the players on team you would love to see succeed before they are too old to make a difference. Please!

    • loyallonestarman says:

      Amen to that brother. The only thing I’d like to add is that Jerry’s unwavering loyalty to a quarterback who fails to deliver when needed is an ankle weight we all have to bear. One playoff win in 13 years should speak for itself. Romo wasn’t drafted for a reason. He is all looks and little substance. We exalt him to the highest ranks of QBs when he does ANYTHING good. He has only risen to the middle of the pack. The only reason we have him after all of his mediocrity is that Jerry would have to admit he made a mistake.

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