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Chicago 34, Dallas 18: Staring a 6-10 Record Right in the Face

Jerry won’t sleep well with that window of opportunity slamming shut so hard.

There were points in tonight’s game against the Bears that Cowboys fans had reason to believe. All of those points occurred before the 2:46 mark of the second quarter.

It was then that Tony Romo threw a pass towards Dez Bryant, who was apparently supposed to  run a hitch route. He didn’t, and Charles Tillman picked off the pass and ran it in for a touchdown.

Sure, the Cowboys managed to cut the score to 10-7 going into halftime, but the nightmares were really about to begin.

The secondary had no answer for the Bears in the second half. The $50 million addition to the backfield, Brandon Carr, was burned badly on two different plays by Brandon Marshall. Morris Claiborne never saw Devon Hester blow right by the rookie corner on a 34-yard touchdown.

Tony Romo threw two picks that weren’t his fault. The last three picks were all his fault. The first of those three, and his third of the night, ended up in the arms of Lance Briggs, who raced 74 yards for a touchdown.

Nothing good came from the second half. Romo might have had the worst game of his career. Dez Bryant is the goat for the next week thanks to mental mistakes and dropped passes.

Jason Witten had a good game, but few of his 13 receptions came at times when they mattered. At times, it felt as if the team got Witten the ball for the sake of getting him the ball.

DeMarco Murray ran the ball 11 times for 24 yards. Felix Jones had one nice 13-yard run, but on kickoff returns he continues to insist on running the ball out of the end zone from near the back line.

Sean Lee is still a bright spot. He had 14 total tackles. Victor Butler had a decent game filling in for Anthony Spencer and even had a fumble recovery. However, Butler also did an Almost Anthony impression by failing to wrap up Cutler on what could have been a sack on third down.

Can it get worse? The next five games—

at Baltimore

at Carolina

vs. N.Y. Giants

at Atlanta

at Philadelphia

Anyone have confidence? Would you care to share that confidence with the rest of us?

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Greatest Cowboys By Their Jersey Numbers: #93

[tags]Dallas Cowboys, Jersey Numbers[/tags]

Part of the Greatest Players by Number Series

Jersey #93

Six Cowboys have worn #93. This includes four defensive linemen and two linebackers.

Kenyon Coleman, DE, UCLA, 2003-06

Statistics: Coleman recorded 6.5 sacks with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: Coleman played four seasons in Dallas. He now plays for the Jets.

Intangibles: Coleman showed some potential in Dallas but never became a full-time starter. His best season was 2006, when he recorded four sacks.

Reggie Cooper, LB, Nebraska, 1991

Statistics: n/a

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played in two games for the Cowboys in 1991.

Intangibles: The former Nebraska Cornhusker made the team briefly during the 1991 season as a free agent.

Artie Smith, DT, Louisiana Tech, 1998

Statistics: Smith recorded 11 tackles and six assists with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He appeared in all 16 games with the Cowboys in 1998.

Intangibles: Smith found his way into the rotation on the defensive line in 1998, but he was out of the league after that season.

Anthony Spencer, LB, Purdue, 2007-

Statistics: Spencer recorded three sacks and 28 tackles as a rookie in 2007.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He is currently in his second season.

Intangibles: Spencer was a first round pick in 2007. He has showed promise but has had to play behind Greg Ellis thus far.

Mike Ulufale, DT, Brigham Young, 1996

Statistics: Ulufale recorded two tackles with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played one season in Dallas.

Intangibles: He saw some action on special teams but was only active for three games.

Peppi Zellner, DE, Fort Valley State, 1999-02

Statistics: Zellner recorded six sacks with the Cowboys.

Accolades: None.

Longevity: He played four seasons for the Cowboys, starting 17 games.

Intangibles: Zellner was on the team at the same time that Dallas had Greg Ellis and Ebenezer Ekuban, both of whom were former first round picks. Zellner cracked the starting lineup, but he was never considered a high quality starter.

Poll

Here is your chance to vote for the greatest player to wear #93.

Greatest #93

  • Anthony Spencer (69%, 35 Votes)
  • Kenyon Coleman (14%, 7 Votes)
  • Peppi Zellner (10%, 5 Votes)
  • Artie Smith (4%, 2 Votes)
  • Reggie Cooper (2%, 1 Votes)
  • Mike Ulufale (2%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 51

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My Vote: Spencer

Anthony Spencer

Anthony Spencer

Spencer hasn’t had many opportunities due to the reemergence of Ellis, but it is probably just a matter of time before Ellis is asked to step aside. Although health may be a bit of a concern, Spencer appears to have a huge upside that will benefit the Cowboys defensively.

Of the other players, Zellner and Coleman are worth mentioning, but only because they saw some action. Although those two may have done a bit more than Spencer overall, due mostly to their longevity, neither really did much. Thus, I voted for the former Boilermaker.