The Dallas Cowboys sure give their fans heartache. They blew it Sunday night at the Meadowlands in their 27-24 loss to the Jets.
Tony Romo fumbled near the Jets goal-line early in the fourth quarter. A Matt McBriar punt was blocked and returned for a Jets touchdown. Romo threw an inexplicable interception in the game’s final minutes. Former Cowboy kicker Nick Folk nailed a 50 yarder to secure the Jets victory.
To paraphrase Dennis Green: the Cowboys are who we thought they were. The team is deeply flawed, prone to stupid mistakes. Romo made his share. The O-Line offered little protection. A depleted secondary contributed as well. The special teams looked like last year’s Chargers.
This is as painful as last year’s opener in Washington, where a holding call negated a last second winning touchdown pass. The season went downhill from there. Romo got hurt. Wade got sacked. A 6-10 season resulted.
I hope history doesn’t repeat itself. There are plenty of warning signs, though. The O-Line has plenty of question marks. Romo, like his boyhood hero Brett Favre, is hit-or miss. The defense looked better than expected, though that secondary still stinks.
Coach Jason Garrett must whip his ‘Boys into shape for next week’s matchup out in San Francisco. An 0-2 start will whip up panic for America’s Team.