First interception of the season, check times 2. First sack of the season, check times three. In just the second home game of the season, and the third regular season game the Cowboys almost looked as you would hope, but there are a lot of questions still on the table that need to be answered, and likely won’t be answered until the Cowboys beat some better teams.
Is the defense’s secondary going to be able to continue to play tough against the pass and not continue to get beat deep? Can the Cowboys defensive front guys continue to put pressure on the QB, and help the secondary out? Then there is the biggest question of all can Tony Romo be the same regular season QB he has been in the past, and can he be the post season QB he hasn’t been in the past?
The Carolina Panthers game showed the Defense can play and even more specifically, I think, that the Corners can cover. However, the question will be until they prove otherwise can they continue their success against good teams? Keep in mind that Delhomme had thrown 5 interceptions in the first 2 games and four of those were to the Eagles. He was also sacked a total of 4 times in those two games, again three of those to the Eagles.
While he did have a decent showing against Atlanta, does that really show that Carolina is that good, or does it show that Atlanta may not be one of the best defenses in the NFL? The jury is still out on that one. Dallas did a great job not getting beat offensively, as the defense showed up huge. They proved they might have what it takes to compete in the NFC East, but they will have to continue performing like they did this past Monday night to quiet all the doubters.
Offensively something is wrong. There is no way around it, no way to hide it, and they have to figure it out quick. Romo has looked uncomfortable in the first half of all three games this season. Maybe he is truly trying to do what he has been saying he wanted to, be more careful with the football and make better reads.
That’s just not the kind of player Romo is though, and it looks like it is showing on the field. All the things that drive you crazy about Romo in the games they lose are the same things you have to love about Romo in the games the Cowboys win. He is a risk taker, he will do whatever he can to make something out of nothing and while there are a lot of times it fairs negatively for the team, there are so many more times it has kept the Cowboys alive. That’s not to say however that it’s all his fault. There are other players out there to blame and some coaching that might be at fault here as well.
Maybe the Cowboys really are going to need a number one WR after all, though Roy Williams has shown he can come up with big plays and Patrick Crayton has shown he can fight for a lot of yards after the catch, are they really good enough to compete against some of the top corners in the league?
Then again, with the Cowboys running for over 200 yards on the ground the past two games, maybe there is a problem with the play call. For instance 2nd and goal from the 2 yard line, your running backs have been showing they can run it on the ground even in the redzone, what do you do? The Offensive Coordinator thought then was a good time to pass it, on almost identical out pattern routes in the end zone. My question is, really??
Despite everything however, the Cowboys are 2 and 1, and had very narrowly missed being 3-0 right now. The four turnovers against the Giants did hurt the Cowboys, but somehow they managed to keep the game close, and that is the mark of a good football team. Not every game is going to be pretty, not every game is going to be a win, but the good teams figure out how to stay in the game and so far the Cowboys have done just that. Until they show a lot more consistency, however, they won’t be called a great team, and may not even be recognized as a good team.