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It Begins and Ends With the Line. And More.


I've said it again and again that it starts and ends with the line.  It doesn't matter that Kosier and Colombo are back; this line isn't great with or without them.  They can't run block to save their lives.  What was it?  Thirty-four, thirty-five rush yards?   It's not like JG didn't try the run game.   In the end, as usual, Romo had to to make an ungodly number of pass attempts-51.  51?! 

Romo.  He had a good first half, interceptions notwithstanding.  At least one of them wasn't his fault, and Brandon Worley will be making the case that the second one wasn't either.  In the one offensive touchdown drive, Romo was eight for eight.  Second half was less consistent, but it's simple.  Somehow, somehow, the coaches need to find a way to take some pressure off of him.  If not, it's going to be a long season.  I make no secret that I'm a big Romo fan; at this point, I can only fantasize about what this guy could do with a solid O line and some semblance of a run game.  One more thing; was Felix bad, or was Chicago just keying on him?  Someone who knows football better than I can tell me. 

But this was a total team loss.  Some people like to snipe at the offense while virtually giving the defense a free pass.  The defense was bad today once Chicago made their adjustments.  The pressure on Cutler vanished and, once again, the turnovers were not coming.  Chicago had them for lunch.  Credit Chicago and Martz; they did a great job.  Cutler had a 130something rating today.  But the Cowboys D is supposed to be better.  Only not so much.

Special teams?  Dez Bryant's wonderful TD was at least partially offset by Bueller's woeful performance.  Newsflash: the risk taken on him isn't working out so well.  So, now what?

Speaking of risks, if Jenkins is seriously hurt (I'm rubbing my rabbit's foot as we speak), the risk of going with fewer cornerbacks may bite us all in our collective asses. 

Depressing start to the season.  That said, GO COWBOYS!

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