Dallas’ Home Opener Thrown Away


It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only. -Charles Dickens

Tony Romo’s performance resembled Dickens’ opening to A Tale of Two Cities. He performed brilliantly in the first half and looked like a pee-wee play-caller in the second. The Cowboys fell to 2-2 Sunday after a loss to the 4-0 Detroit Lions.

You read that right. The Detroit Lions go into the second week of October undefeated. They did so, once again, by roaring back from a three touchdown halftime deficit that left football fans incredulous. Last week the Vikings endured the Lions’ comeback at the Metrodome. This week Detroit ruined Dallas’ home opener. These performances made the Lions look like road warriors.

The Cowboys remain as inconsistent and infuriating as ever. They could be 4-0. Or they could be 0-4. Romo led them brilliantly in their two wins. Romo’s miscues cost them in both losses.

You can say this about the Cowboys: they always deliver. Just like Dickens. There’s joy and heartache. Great expectations-occasionally realized; often not. There is never a lack of drama for Jerry’s ‘Boys.

Now they’re back to .500, a game back in the NFC East, as they head into the bye week. Next up: a trip to Foxboro on October 16th.


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