The Dallas Cowboys have suffered yet another heartbreaking loss. Their game against the Seattle Seahawks was a valiant effort, but the Cowboys just couldn’t get the job done losing 13-12. They’re now on a five-game losing streak and many say that the season is over, but a few say it’s still possible to have a good season.
My thoughts on the Seahawks loss
Cowboys Offense: Very mediocre offensive performance. The offense finished with only 220 yards of total offense. Matt Cassel going 13/25 throwing for only 97 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions, but did scramble for 43 yards. Dez Bryant finally returned to the field, but was limited and only had two catches for twelve yards. Darren McFadden had 20 carries for just 64 yards. Christine Michael had five carries for only 20 yards. Very poor rushing offense. Very poor offense overall. They failed to score a touchdown. They were horrible in the red-zone. The defense gave them many opportunities including a golden one after Greg Hardy intercepted a pass that gave the offense tremendous field position, but they failed to take advantage. Special teams blocked a field goal, and the offense again failed to take advantage. Overall, the offense was not prepared. Cowboys Offensive Coordinator has a lot of issues that he needs to resolve. The grade I give the offense is a D-.
Cowboys Defense: Just like last week, the defense played their hearts out and never quit. They only allowed a total of 13 points, and did an amazing job in the red-zone. They managed to keep Marshawn Lynch to only 71 yards of rushing. Greg Hardy intercepted Russell Wilson to give the Cowboys offense great field position. Despite playing against Seattle’s terrible offensive line that has allowed 31 sacks this season, the defense failed to sack Russell Wilson, and ended up forcing only one turnover. But the defense did an amazing job overall. I give the defense a B- due to lack of sacks and only forcing one turnover.
Special Teams: Dan Bailey went 4/4 in field goals and is still perfect this season. In fact, Bailey is the only one who scored points for the Cowboys in this game. Chris Jones had great punts as usual. There was only eight yards on punt returns. I’ve been saying for weeks that Cole Beasley shouldn’t be returning punts, but it doesn’t seem like he’ll be replaced at that position. Lucky Whitehead should be given the chance to return punts. There were no kick returns in this game. The best thing that came on special teams today was a blocked field goal attempt. I give special teams an A-.
Sitting at 2-5, the Cowboys will take on the Philadelphia Eagles this week. This will be their last chance to try to turn it around. Philadelphia was the last team that Dallas was able to defeat for their second win of the season back in Week 2. If Dallas can beat Philly, they’ll move up to third place in the NFC East standings and can slowly begin climbing back into the division race.