The Cowboys have been dominated this season. The Dallas Cowboys rumbled into the frozen tundra in Green Bay, Wisconsin to take on Aaron Rodgers and the Packers. This was not a rematch because of all the different personnel taking the field for today’s game.
For the Cowboys there would be no Tony Romo. However, the Cowboys would have Sean Lee and Rolando McClain healthy and ready to play.
Darren McFadden broke his longest run of the season, gaining 50 yards to the Green Bay 12 yard line. Matt Cassel found Jason Witten on the two for first and goal. The Cowboys suffered once again inside the red zone. The Cowboys turned the ball over when Dez Bryant had the ball go off his hands in the end zone to cornerback Sam Shields taking at least three points off the board on the interception.
The Packers drove down the field on the heels of Eddie Lacy. James Starks ran up the center of the field on third and goal and Anthony Hitchens punched the ball out of his hands at the goal line. Starks landed back on the ball for the first blood. The call was reversed, the review showed Starks went down at the one yard line. On fourth and goal Rodgers was stuffed as he attempted a quarterback sneak, turning the ball over to Dallas on the one yard line. It was an outstanding goal line stance by the Cowboys’ defense.
Green Bay received good field position on the following punt. Rodgers found Starks on the swing pass and Starks went into the end zone untouched. After the extra point, Green Bay led 7-0.
Dallas failed to move the ball and had to punt it again. Rodgers had all the time he needed to dissect the Cowboys defense and found Richard Rodgers for the second touchdown of the game. 14-0 Green Bay.
The Cowboys were not able to slow down the rushing attack of Green Bay and this allowed Rodgers to sit comfortable in the pocket and pick apart the secondary. Marinelli needed to get on these guys and get them playing better and with some intensity.
The Cowboys defense dominated the Packers after the two minute warning forcing a punt before the end of the half.
The Cowboys were going to have to come out in the second half and block better. Linehan needed to go downfield with the passes. There was no time to be conservative when you are down by 14 to start the second half.
Both teams were stymied during their first possessions of the second half.
McFadden got the boys going with a 46 yard scamper. Robert Turbin ran for 22 and then he finished it up with a seven yard touchdown run making it 14-7 after Dan Bailey’s extra point.
The defense stopped the Packers on the next possession forcing a punt. Lucky Whitehead called for a fair catch on the 24 yard line. The Cowboys offensive line attempted to dominate the third quarter.
The Cowboys looked like they had momentum until Dez dropped his third pass of the game and stalled the drive. Cassel hit Witten, but it was one yard short of the first down forcing another punt, this became the theme of Matt Cassel’s offense today. The Cowboys could not manufacture a third down conversion to this point in the game. This is how the game was eventually lost. The Cowboys had many third and short situations, which they failed to convert, par for this season.
The Packers ran the ball down the defenses throat, again, and Starks took a second and 25 and turned it into an uncontested, untouched 30 yard touchdown. Not one defender completed his assignment on that drive. Green Bay took over momentum and spread the lead to 21-7 after the extra point.
Matt Cassel should have been taken out of the game at this point. He had nothing, and he had little to no help. It was another ugly performance by the Cowboys offense.
Eddie Lacy ran over the Cowboys on the next drive making the Cowboys’ starters look like a high school defense. It was a wasted effort by a few of the team members and a lack of desire to win by 30 others. 28-7.
Dez was held to one catch for nine yards. Dez missed a ball in the end zone on the first drive that resulted in a turnover. Dez then dropped a pass down the middle of the field on third down and another later in the game. Dez was dominated by a rookie cornerback who covered him one on one.
No matter what the numbers say, this team is finished. There is a whole lot that needs to be fixed. The time for big changes has arrived!
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