Thoughts From The Broncos Game

Romo did what he does

Romo did what he does

If you are a Dallas Cowboys fan, the good news is the Cowboys scored 48 points against a pretty good Broncos defense. But the bad news is, it wasn’t enough after the defense allowed 51 points. I felt I was watching NFL Madden on XBox as these two teams went back and forth, scoring at will. A game that would make the arena football league teams envious.

Kiffin to Blame?
Monte Kiffin says put the blame on him for this loss. STORY
Careful Monte, defensive coordinator Rob Ryan was always quick to assume responsibility when his Dallas defense allowed a lot of points. Eventually Jerry Jones believed him and that’s why he is no longer in Dallas.

I found Kiffin’s game plan flawed from the stand point that they couldn’t get to Manning upfront as Manning always had RB Moreno available to dump it to out of the backfield finishing with 5 catches for 57 yards. Moreno also rushed for 93 yards. It was that success that kept the chains moving allowing Manning opportunities to take shots down the field. Failing to account for Moreno and shutting him down, allowed Manning to use all his weapons.

In a blog back in January, I took a look at Kiffin’s struggles in allowing points and yards while coaching at the college level, at USC last year. HERE

Jerry perceives the cup half full:
The master of spin, Jerry Jones, put a positive spin on things choosing to focus on their quest to win the soft NFC East. HERE

I agree that the loss to the Broncos is not devastating to the Cowboys in their goal to make the playoffs. Losing to an AFC team, and a very good one at that, will have little impact on their NFC East battle. They still can go on to a good season and even make the playoffs.

However their game against the Redskins Sunday will play a huge role in their effort to win the East. In my view, a loss to the Redskins could be devastating.

Romo did what he does:
Many Cowboy fans will point to the record breaking day Romo had against the Broncos. The final numbers were amazing. Passing for over 500 yards and 5 TDs was an outstanding performance.

And it isn’t so much that Romo threw one interception. Afterall, Manning threw a pick to Claiborne which resulted in a Dallas score, but Manning’s mistake didn’t cost them the game.

It’s the timing of Romo’s blunders that seem to get him in trouble. Romo has developed a reputation for blowing the game when it’s all on the line, late in the game. This is an ending that has become all too familiar.

Many fans will defend Romo in this area but at some point, it has to become more about winning the close games instead of impressive passing stats. A record of 2-3 is more important than 5oo yards passing.

While it wasn’t all his fault, Romo did what he does in slinging the ball over the place for the entire game only to use bad judgement at a critical time of the game. We should come to expect this from Romo. It’s what he does. He isn’t going to change.

Shootout Fatigue:
Their formula for winning games is a simple one. The Cowboys almost never win when they throw the ball far more than run the ball. It may not be as “sexy” as throwing 5 TDs, but having an effective run game has proven to be successful for them in the past.

In this game, Romo passed 36 times with Murray only carrying the ball 12 times and half of that was in the first quarter. They passed 3 times more than they ran the ball and that is a ratio to be concerned about.

Early in the game, when Dallas clearly was engaged in a shootout with Manning and the Broncos, I just never felt comfortable about their chances of winning. It felt like Manning was going to get the last score one way or another. They were trying to beat Manning at his own game but of course like so many before, they failed.

Enough of the shootouts. These Cowboys just don’t seem to come out on the upper end of this type of game.