Tag: Dallas Cowboys
The New York Giants took the win, but one thing became quite evident. Sure enough there had been a big discussion whether Eli Manning belonged among the league’s elite. But insisting on making an issue out of that point seems to me a bit unfruitful. After all, the younger Manning brother has two NFL championship rings to speak for him and what he lacks in charisma and coolness, he makes up for clutch time precision and for his ability to win when it matters most. So no, it’s not about Eli who we’re planning on talking about today, but rather the Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo.
Few players come to my mind that have the talent, the speed and the passing ability of Tony Romo. Then again, just as few quarterbacks I can recall that are so prone to making silly mistakes, rookie-like gaffes or that simply show this degree of inconsistency. What became evident here is that Romo is as talented as he is unreliable and that is hurting his organization.
I know these sound like very harsh words. And they are harsh, but that’s not the issue here. I mean, if you’ve been reading this blog long enough you might come to realize that I do have a soft spot for the underdog, a thing for the Cinderella story. But what happens in the field with Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys just seem to go beyond that. Let’s take this home game against the New York Giants as an example. The Cowboys managed to overcome a 23-point deficit and for a second there, it seemed as if they had managed to pull-off a come-from behind win against their conference rivals.
But it was just not going to happen. Sure it looked as if the Cowboys had scored the go-ahead touchdown when there were only 10 seconds left in the game. After the officials took a closer look at the play the call was overruled and what at first had been called a 37-yard touchdown catch by Dez Bryant, was now an overturned reception as officials said his hand hit out of bounds. The Cowboys couldn’t get back in the end zone again.
The Dallas Cowboys haven’t yet figured out a way to defeat the Giants at home. The Giants are 4-0 in Arlington since the Cowboys Stadium opened in 2009 with a New York victory. At 3-4 for the season these guys are not in their finest moment, but there’s still plenty of time for improvement. “I’m very disappointed right now,” Jones said. “I thought after all that, our defense played well enough, our offense kept going and I thought we were going to get a chance to pull one out.” But his guys didn’t. Tony Romo finished the game with 36 of 62 passing for a career-high 437 yards with 1 touchdown pass and 4, yes 4, interceptions. It’s a terrible mark considering that he was pl
For what we had heard and saw last week Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys were expected to fly into the Emerald City and simply dominate the Seattle Seahawks. There was really no doubt about this one. Romo was coming off perhaps the most notable regular season kickoff’s of his career, dominating the defending champions the New York Giants on the road. It looked as if they Cowboys would return from a the road trip with a 2-0 start. As a matter of fact the line makers at betias.com had made them a -3½ point favorite in the spread against the Seahawks despite the game been played at the Century Link Field in Seattle.
At the end, however the Seattle Seahawks not only defeated the Cowboys, they also managed to shake them down. On his second NFL start the rookie Russell Wilson guided the home team’s effort with 15 of 20 passing for 151 yards with one touchdown pass and no interceptions as the Seahawks took a 27-7 win over the Dallas Cowboys.
We were seriously expecting to see so much more coming from Tony Romo. I guess that he had had such a great game on week one that we couldn’t help but to imagine only how well thing could work out for Dallas last Sunday. But it just wasn’t there. I mean, Romo didn’t play badly; he finished the matchup completing 23 of the 40 passes he attempted for 251 passing yards with one touchdown and one costly interception. Now, it wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t great either, and considering just how fast the Seahawks defensive system runs its plays at home, it was a bit overwhelming for Romo and the Cowboys. The Seattle Seahawks special teams had a brilliant first quarter.
By the time Dallas figured out what had happened, the Seahawks already had a 10-0 advantage. In less than 5 minutes the Seahawks’ Michael Robinson forced Felix Jones to fumble on the opening kickoff that led to a short field goal. Minutes later Malcolm Smith blocked Chris Jones’ punt which Jeron Johnson returned for a touchdown to give Seattle (1-1) the early advantage.
The rookie Russell Wilson delivered in his second start. He had a good overall performance, making safe decisions while showing that he might just have what it takes to make it among the big guns. Among his highlight reel, we could mention the fabulous way in which he directed a 90-yard scoring drive in the third quarter capped by a 22-yard touchdown strike to Anthony McCoy to give Seattle a 20-7 lead. But it was not all about the quarterback effort. Seattle was playing with poise and determination. Size didn’t even matter at one point or another. Golden Tate circled back around and lined up Sean Lee with a crushing block that sent the burly Dallas linebacker flat to his back. It was a great play that got the fans on their feet. You could feel it in the air: this was a rue team effort. “We stuck with our game plan: Run the ball, run the ball, run the ball, and eventually they’re going to get tired,” Tate said. “Our motto is play longer and harder than they can and then it started opening up in the pass game.”
Eli Manning knew how much was at steak for this game against the Dallas Cowboys. It was win or nothing for the Giants, and taking advantage of their home advantage, Eli Manning and Victor Cruz put on one heck of a performance to assure the Giants fans at least one more game of football for the season. Manning guided his team with 24 of 33 passing for 346 yards with 3 touchdown passes and no interceptions for a clean and merciless 31-14 win over the Dallas Cowboys at the Meadowlands.
For the highlights reel, Victor Cruz out powered cornerback Orlando Scandrick on 44-yard third-down jump-ball catch and a couple plays later he caught another pass for 20 yards to set up a 28-yard Lawrence Tynes’ field goal. Just to finish it of, Eli Manning tossed a 4-yard TD pass to Hakeem Nicks with 3:41 to play to finish off the Cowboys’ playoffs dreams.
The New York Giants struggled in the middle of the regular season, but with under the guidance of the 65-year-old Tom Coughlin, the Giants were able to finish the season strong winning three of it’s final four games to earn the last wild-card and record a 9-7 for the regular season. Now, the Giants are going to have only one week to get ready to play against the Atlanta Falcons, who finished with a 10-6 record for the season, on Sunday on the 2011-12 Wild Card Round of the NFL Playoffs.
The Dallas Cowboys on the other hand, suffered a very painful end of season. It’s certainly not the finish that their first-year coach, Jason Garret, would have loved to have for his team. As a matter of fact, at 8-7 for the season, the Cowboys were in a good position to finish the regular season on a strong note, but it seems that they just ran out of gas in the final five games of the season. The Cowboys lost 4 of their last 5 games, including this decisive match against New York. The season was on the line, and the sad part here is that the Cowboys, once again, had no one but themselves to blame this one on.
It’s just hard to point out exactly where it all went south for the Cowboys. I guess you would need more fingers in your hands to find the culprits. On defense, the Cowboys missed tackles on all of the Giants’ three first-half touchdowns. As if that was not enough, they then failed to recover two fumbles within its grasp in the second half and failed to convert on a Tony Romo sneak on fourth-and-1 at the Giants 10 while trailing 21-7. It seems that after that play it was all done and said. The Cowboys had no comeback, and now they have no postseason.
On the one hand, we have to say that the Dallas Cowboys quarterback, Tony Romo, was playing with an injured right hand, had to take a pain killing shot before the game, and finished the game with 29 of 37 passing for 289 yards and 2 touchdowns with 1 interception. Not bad numbers, but on the second half, despite moving things around in his playbook he was only able to complete 34 and 6 yard passes to Laurent Robinson, but not much else.
The New York Giants desperately needed a win against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night. Sure enough, not only where they fighting for the leadership of the division, not only was this win necessary in order to keep their playoff chances alive, the bottom line was quite simple: the New York Giants needed to put an end to their four game skid that had cost them the two game advantage over the Cowboys, but that was also jeopardizing the season success. The Giants were a three-point underdog for this game, and for a moment there, it seemed as if they wouldn’t be able to even cover the spread, as the Dallas Cowboys had worked to get a clear 12-point lead late in the fourth quarter.
Then again, that’s when Eli Manning and the New York Giants strap on their boots and went into overdrive mode to pull a 37-34 come-from-behind win at Arlington, Texas. At 7-6 for the season, the Giants had to pull off a win in order to have realistic chances of making it into the postseason. And that’s when Manning brought in some of his personal magic to complete two-touchdown drives with 3:41 minutes to go in the last quarter. And then, the Giants relied also on a little luck and a lot of talent from Jason Pierre-Paul who managed to block a field goal to push the Giants past Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys.
It was a great game that is going to make things in the NFC East much more interesting as the race is now officially open for these two teams. The Giants had lost their games to Division leading teams, and to give them enough credit, we must say that they were tight games. But they were able to put a stop to it, but for the better part it seemed that with 27 of 47 passing and 400 yards with two touchdown passes and one interception, Eli Manning’s work wasn’t going to be enough to keep the Giants from facing another disappointing loss. The Giants were trailing 24-32 with 5:41 left in the game. And then the Dallas Cowboys came into their almost regular meltdown. The Dallas Cowboys has gone from winning four straight to losing two in a row. But it’s been a frustrating two games. This included missed kicks by rookie Dan Bailey, who’d been so good for so long this season.
This come from behind win, is not the first for the Eli Manning. He has actually managed to pull off 5 wins in the fourth quarter, coming into this season. Manning showed that he knows his stuff, when he mounted an eight-play, 80-yard drive capped by an 8-yard touchdown pass to Jake Ballard, to get the Giants back in the field. The Dallas’ cowboys managed to give the Giants a little break and actually help them out just a bit on this win. For starters, Dallas suffered when their usually reliable punter, Mat McBriar, had a 33-yarder, letting Manning take over at his 42 with 2:12 left. And that’s when it all went south for Dallas.
Romo finished the night with 21 of 31 passing for 321 yards for four touchdown-passes with no interceptions. It’s quite a shame that despite this good performance from Romo, they couldn’t make a win. Still, the race for the Division is open, and this two squads will face each other again in the Meadowlands on Christmas Day.