Well I promised Sweets I would do an all Cowboys blog after today's game, and as much as I have no desire to talk about that crapfest, my word is my bond, so... here we go.
First things first, special teams killed the Cowboys. Obviously. From Felix Jones' fumble on the opening kickoff to the blocked punt that Seattle returned for a TD, special teams decided this game. No ifs, ands, or buts about it. The Cowboys were pathetic on special teams and their offense/defense weren't good enough to escape the massive hole the ST put them in.
By the way, I don't know what the hell Felix Jones' problem is but something is wrong with this guy. The fumble was unacceptable, but the way he ran timidly on his lone handoff and the routes he ran... something is wrong. Heck, on the last play of the game Jones caught a screen and tried turning upfield to run but simply tripped over the grass, ending the game. Maybe he's hurt; maybe he has personal issues. Either way, if Jones can't get his act together the Cowboys need to think about cutting him, Arkansas connections be damned.
Second, the defense should've been better. Russell Okung missed this game and his backup, Frank Omiyale, is known for being a sieve at tackle. No matter, Omiyale shut down DeMarcus Ware and the rest of the Seattle line did a good job blocking everyone else. (Dallas also only rushed three guys all game which seems like a tactical error to me, but then again I've lost most of my faith in Rob Ryan anyway, so what should I expect) Also the pass defense was poor. There was a dropped interception by Bruce Carter within Dallas' five yard line that would've prevented points from hitting the scoreboard, and overall the secondary wasn't good. Part of that can be attributed to injuries (as always seems to be the case with the Dallas DBs) but there's no excuse for a rookie QB (Russell Wilson) coming off a bad game completing 75% of his passes with no turnovers against a supposedly revamped Dallas secondary. And it's probably not going to get any better if Sensabaugh and Claiborne wind up missing any additional time.
Lastly, the offense. The disappointing offense. O, Tony Romo... when are you going to learn to stop forcing interceptions? Romo was decent but the INT was really bad and overall there just wasn't any offensive continuity. It was nice seeing Miles Austin finally get involved again but Dez Bryant was a no-show and Jason Witten had a shockingly bad case of the butterfingers. This may have been the worst game I've ever seen Witten play. I've become spoiled; I'm used to Witten catching anything and everything Romo tosses in his general direction, but the fact of the matter is Witten was outplayed by his Seattle counterpart, previously unheard of tight end Anthony McCoy.
All in all, this was a game that the Cowboys can't afford to dwell on. Yes, tape needs to be watched and accountability needs to be taken, but this was a demoralizing loss and Jason Garrett needs to make sure his players move on and start preparing for Tampa Bay next week. Speaking of Garrett, I may be going the usual Cowboys fan route with the overreactions here, but Garrett seems to have a penchant for allowing his team to lose focus in the weeks following a win. I thought Garrett was going to be a strict disciplinarian but so far he seems content to let the Cowboys continue their tradition of mediocrity and has not done a good job of mentally preparing his players for teams they should clearly beat, as was the case today. Seattle is NOT better than Dallas, and Garrett should have some explaining to do as for why the Cowboys were SO flat today.
Anyway, that's all I have for this game. Let's hope next week brings about a better result.