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Latest Cowboys headlines: another heart-breaking loss; Greg Hardy continues to impress; Dez returns, but the offense goes missing.

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The Cowboys found themselves in the middle of another disappointing loss as the team got another stellar defensive performance, but couldn't find any offense to go with it.

Cowboys Drop Fifth In A Row To Seahawks 13-12 - Tom Ryle, Blogging The Boys
Tom Ryle is once again the bearer of bad news as he recaps the Cowboys disappointing loss to the ________ (insert this week's opponent).

Cowboys show fight but little else in fifth straight loss - Todd Archer, ESPN
Hardy was able to finally break the streak of four straight games without generating a turnover.

One reason to get excited: The Cowboys had an honest-to-goodness takeaway Sunday. They had not had one since Week 2; that's a span of nearly 300 plays. Greg Hardy was able to tip a Russell Wilson pass to himself for a turnover. It was an extremely athletic play that Hardy seemed to time up a few plays earlier when reading Wilson’s eyes. It was the first interception of Hardy’s career and the first takeaway for the Cowboys in what felt like forever.

Five thoughts: Window continues to close on Cowboys' playoff hopes - Jon Machota, DMN
Jon Machota provides his five thoughts on the game against the Seahawks, including a most impressive defensive performance by the Kraken.

Greg Hardy was excellent again. Regardless of what you think of the controversial pass rusher as a person, Hardy has been Dallas' most valuable defender since coming back from his four-game suspension. He led a Cowboys defense that held the defending NFC champs to only 13 points and had the group's best play of the day: a tipped pass he intercepted late in the third. The play set Dallas up for a go-ahead Dan Bailey field goal, making the score 12-10 with 14:32 remaining.

Cowboys blew chance to steal game with disastrous final drive, offensive choices - Bob Sturm, DMN
Bob Sturm gives his analysis of the game, including his take on the defensive effort. They were able to hold Seattle to only 13 points, but should more be asked of them?

Greg Hardy finally gave you what you wanted -- a takeaway. What was your opinion on the defense? The defense played its tail off. Don't know if you can ask a whole lot more than limiting Seattle from hardly any big plays at all. The defense gives up 13 points and tries to generate its own offense. You would have like to see them get off the field on that final drive, but even that might be asking a bit much as they held them to a field goal. I always like to see multiple takeaways. Defense did more than its part.

GAME RECAP: Cowboys Fail To Reach The End Zone In 13-12 Loss - Kurt Daniels, The Mothership
The end zone woes continue. Over the last three games, the Cowboys have failed to score a touchdown in two of them. And they both have come against last year's Super Bowl participants.

If not for the efforts of Dan Bailey, who was good on four field goal attempts, the Cowboys would have been shut out. They’ve now scored just two touchdowns in their last three games, both of those coming a week ago in their loss at the Giants.

Instant Review: Staff Writers Give Quick Analysis Of Cowboys-Seahawks - Staff, The Mothership
The Cowboys staff writers provide their instant reactions the game.

David Helman: You figured the Cowboys would try to be cautious going against All-Pros like the Legion of Boom, but 97 passing yards is just horrifically bad for any NFL quarterback. With no semblance of a passing game, the Cowboys were one-dimensional, and it showed in their failure to score a touchdown. What really hurts is that it negated a solid day from the Dallas defense. They didn’t manage to sack Russell Wilson, like I thought they would, but they were largely effective and they finally broke their takeaway drought with a timely interception. To a man, every defender will tell you they didn’t do enough to keep the Seahawks from scoring at the end of the game. But the blunt truth is that the offense didn’t meet their challenge today, and this fifth-straight loss has Dallas facing a hell of a challenge to remain in contention this season.

Cowboys Losses Can No Longer Be Blamed Just On Injuries - Dave Halprin, BTB
In another winnable game, the Cowboys just can't seem to put together enough plays to pull out the victory. Every week, different guys get a chance, but it's just not working. Dave Halprin thinks the blame shouldn't be exclusive to just the guys wearing the uniforms.

First it was Brandon Weeden, now it's Matt Cassel, but the song remains the same. An inability to safely push the ball downfield without turning it over. Cassel completed 13 passes for 97 yards against Seattle. He attempted 25 passes, so his day ended with a 3.9 yards average per pass attempt. That's basically Pop Warner numbers. And it's not like the line was playing poorly, he was given decent protection on the day. Whatever the reason, the Cowboys are unable to produce anything with their backup quarterbacks. We have to start throwing some of the blame at this coaching staff.

A dream come true: Cowboys' Darren Woodson placed in Ring of Honor - Rainer Sabin, DMN
The game was disappointing, but don't let all the sorrow overshadow the honoring of one of the team's true greats.

"He's a great example who didn't say a whole hell of a lot but his passion and enthusiasm for the game was overwhelming," asserted Cowboys coach Jason Garrett, Woodson's former teammate. "Certainly one of the best players and probably the best safety of his generation in the National Football League."

Photos: Former Cowboys Great Darren Woodson Inducted Into The Ring Of Honor Staff - SportsDay DFW
Here is a nice visual trip of the Woodson ceremony.

The Dallas Cowboys are done and Tony Romo can’t save them - Chris Chase, USA Today
Even though the Cowboys fate appears to be sealed, I suspect they'll continue to play out the season anyways. I mean, you know...just in case.

Only four teams since the 1990 playoff expansion have gone from 3-6 to the playoffs, with the 2012 Washington Redskins being the last. Three of those teams won out — a seven game win streak — to make the playoffs, One, the 1996 Jacksonville Jaguars, went 6-1 down the stretch and finished 9-7.

When you say it that way, it looks bad. But I prefer to say it this way...

Romo MVP? Without him, Cowboys are winless and hopeless - David Steele, Sporting News
Last season, Romo threw for over 3,700 yards and was an MVP candidate. This season, he's got quite a few less, yet his value has never been more evident than it has been during the Cowboys five-game losing streak.

Most of the football world has gotten past under-appreciating Romo, putting the knocks on his play in the clutch way behind them. In the big picture, he’s irreplaceable; everybody gets that.  Nobody quite expected that they’d have zero chance to win a game without him. This is what the Cowboys wanted, though. They’ve now kept Weeden around for two seasons as the backup to a quarterback who’s been a career-long injury risk. They traded for Cassel to ride them through this storm. Six weeks and five losses later, it’s still storming. The Cowboys, Cassel and Weeden are making Romo look like the MVP.

Jones: Refs 'screwed up' Seahawks' consecutive TOs - Marc Sessler, NFL.com
The referees were the least of the Cowboys worries on Sunday, but a mistake right before the half made many fans upset. They clearly messed up by stopping action when Carroll called a second timeout, however, from that point on - there wasn't anything else they could have done. Here is an explanation.

So why weren't the Seahawks flagged? According to Rule 4, Section 5, Item 4, a penalty would only be triggered if officials viewed the second timeout as an attempt to "freeze" the kicker, something Carroll wasn't trying to do. Seattle shouldn't have been flagged for having too many players on the field, either. That only applies when there are more than 11 players in a huddle or on the field at the time of the snap. There was no snap.

Seattle receiver carted off field after scary hit by apologetic Cowboy Jeff Heath - Staff, DMN
Ricardo Lockette was carted off the field after a collision during a punt.

He was hit by Dallas' Jeff Heath on a punt just before halftime. He moved his hands as he was loaded on the cart and taken off on a stretcher. The Fox broadcast says he suffered a concussion and was being taken to a hospital. Heath was penalized for a hit up high.

"I just felt horrible when I found out how hurt he was," said Heath, describing it as a bang-bang play. "That wasn't my intention at all."

Seahawks react to Ricardo Lockette injury; Seattle DE Michael Bennett calls out 'classless' Jason Garrett - Michael Florek, DMN
It was a scary moment for a second when Lockette stayed on the ground for several minutes. Michael Bennett wasn't too pleased that Jason Garrett didn't come out on the field to check on him. Emotions were running high, but the good thing is that Lockette only suffered a concussion.

It looked a lot worse. "I know our coach would've did the same thing, so I thought that was a classless play by him," Bennett said of Garrett. "That's super scary because at the end of the day you guys talk about this or talk about that but at the end of the day it's just a game. I don't think people realize that. You guys take it a little bit too far. This guy has three kids."

Dez Bryant of Dallas Cowboys strongly denies making derogatory remarks to injured Seattle Seahawks player Ricardo Lockette - Jean-Jacques Taylor, ESPN
Dez is back and wasted no time being the subject of criticism. Bryant quickly dismissed any allegations that he made comments wishing harm on Lockette.

"I won't ever, ever, ever, ever wish bad on a player that's been knocked down. C'mon, man. Not once did I say that's what you get. I got on one knee and prayed for that man. "I got on one knee and prayed for him. C'mon, man. Don't put clips together and do that."

Jerry Jones: Cowboys counselors working closely with Joseph Randle over concerns about RB's mental well-being - Brandon George, SportsDay
In the ever-so confusing world of Joseph Randle, more things seem to be going on that people know about.

Randle placed a call to the Irving police department at 12:35 p.m. Wednesday. Department spokesman James McClellan said the running back asked that police go to his home to perform a welfare check on his girlfriend, Avina Rodriguez. Randle told police he found her cell phone in his car and was concerned that someone had broken into his house. McClellan said Randle met the police at his home and handed over his keys for them to check inside. It turned out Rodriguez was at school. Since there was no suspicion of criminal activity, no report was written up, McClellan said. It seems like the Cowboys greater priorities aren't about what he can do for them on the football field.