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Jason Witten of the Dallas Cowboys

Jason Witten of the Dallas Cowboys (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dallas Cowboys Books Blog posted a link to a story in the Fort Worth Star Telegram about Jason Witten‘s comments after the Seattle game. In relevant part:

Jason Witten said the Cowboys didn’t play Cowboy football, and they can’t go on winning one, losing one.

“You’re looking .500 right in the face,” he said. “You can’t do that.”

I commend his honesty.

On the other hand, isn’t this precisely what Cowboy football has become all about? Mediocrity? Playing .500 football?

Actually, it’s a slight step above .500 and mediocrity. I’ll just go ahead and correct myself.

Witten arrived in 2003, which was the year that Bill Parcells came into town to restore the glory that some of us still remember. The Cowboys’ record since Witten’s arrival is 81-63. That includes, of course, two seasons in which the Cowboys went 13-3 and 11-5.

Since Jerry opened his $1.1 billion stadium, the team has posted a home record of 13-11 to go with a road record of 13-13.

What’s worse is that since beating the Eagles to win the only playoff win in recent memory, the Cowboys have gone 14-19, including the playoff loss to the Minnesota Vikings in 2009.

Yes, I know we should remain positive. It’s a long season. Anything can happen. Don’t get mad. Have a short memory. Don’t use four-letter words when you are about to type something sarcastic.

Anyway, here’s Shango’s response.

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Seattle 27, Dallas 7: Not Special at All

The 27-7 loss to Seattle wasn’t Romo’s fault, but he will still bear plenty of weight.

Jerry Jones didn’t have a great weekend. His Arkansas Razorbacks were worse than some Division 1-AA (or whatever they’re called now) schools in a 52-0 loss to Alabama on Saturday.

On Sunday, former Razorback Felix Jones returned the opening kickoff for the Dallas Cowboys against the Seattle Seahawks. He fumbled. Seattle recovered. Seattle kicked a field goal. Seattle didn’t trail again.

There was more fun on special teams. Jones returned the second kickoff 16 yards, and the Cowboys managed to gain five yards. On a punt attempt, Seattle’s Malcolm Smith raced up the left side of the Dallas line and managed to block Chris Jones’ punt. Jeron Johnson recovered the loose ball and scored, giving Seattle a 10-0 win.

I mean lead, not win. My apology.

The Cowboys moved the ball on its next drive only to have Romo throw an interception while trying to throw the ball across the field from his right to his left. Seattle couldn’t capitalize, and the Cowboys were able to move the ball on their next possession as well. Romo hit Miles Austin on a 22-yard touchdown pass to cut the lead to 10-7 with 12:09 left in the second quarter.

Dallas had momentum and managed to hold Seattle to a three-and-out. The game never got closer, though.

The Cowboys punted the ball right back to the Seahawks, who drove for a field goal. Dallas had a chance to drive for another score in the final two minutes. Felix took the Seattle kickoff eight yards deep and decided to run it out.

He made it to the 15.  The Dallas drive stalled at the Seattle 40. Halftime score: 13-7.

Nobody has provided a good reason why Felix is still getting time on the field.

Anyway, former Arkansas Razorback Jimmy Johnson said the Cowboys were going to dominate the second half. I cannot think of any analogy that would express how wrong he was.

The Cowboys had the ball on four drives in the second half, and the team gained 81 yards. Meanwhile, Seattle and its rookie quarterback completely controlled the Dallas defense, which simply could not make stops when it needed to. Seattle had one 90-yard drive followed by an 88-yard drive to put the Cowboys out of their misery.

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After last week, three teams in the NFC East were 1-0, and two of those teams were the Cowboys and Redskins. The third was an Eagles team that barely beat a bad Cleveland team.

At one point today, the Giants trailed Tampa Bay by a score of 27-13. The Eagles trailed Baltimore 23-17 in the fourth quarter.

Of course, the Giants and Eagles have had a bit more success than the Cowboys and Redskins in the past few years. And, of course, both figured out how to win those games.

Meanwhile, the Cowboys went through the motions in Seattle, while the Redskins lost a 21-6 lead to the hapless Rams on their way to a 31-28 loss.

Anyway, I suggested last week that this was definitely a new year. I meant that literally.

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