'Skins 28, 'Boys 18: If Purgatory Sponsored a Football Team, It'd Be These Cowboys

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Hey Seahawks, No. 6 on the Redskins said your mom is realllllly fat.
Man.

How could it have ended any other way? It was such a familiar outcome that looking back on it seems disgustingly routine. Just when you put your tiny heart into hoping for this team to do well, it gets crushed as it has so many, many times before.

One playoff victory isn't nearly accurate enough to gauge the agony of the past 16 years of watching this franchise. Every year, there's been hope of a breakthrough, to the "glory hole" days as a not-so-wise man would say. And every year there's imminent disappointment.

While this year didn't feel like the most talented iteration of Cowboys, they seemed to have a fight about them that gave you faith. Ultimately it's now that fight that sees them on the couch again, looking at a mediocre first-round pick ... again.

It feels like it's going to be a long time until the Cowboys feel the glory of postseason success, especially considering who's at the wheel of the franchise. Dallas seems to have the talent to win the division in 2013, but if they keep shooting at their own feet they may not get the chance. Let's make a few observations and hand out some awards in the most somber of manners.

Injuries Mount, Team Continues To Fight
The finest trait of this 2012 squad has been its ability to battle through injuries. Over half of the defensive starters and several key offensive pieces going down could have been an easy alibi for a 4-12 outcome. Instead, the Cowboys plucked guys from deep on the roster and off the street and cobbled together a team that nearly made the playoffs.

It would be fitting, then, for the injuries to reach a horribly ironic level by the end of this game. First, Miles Austin sprains his ankle. Then Anthony Spencer sprains his ankle. Then Dez Bryant hurts his back just before the big rally. After the game it was revealed that Tony Romo suffered a cracked rib following a blind side blitzer's shot to his midsection in the second quarter. After all of that, the Cowboys were still down by 3 points with the ball with 3 minutes to go.

Romo Opera Hits Another Sour Note
In a career that has been defined by elite levels of both great and terrible, Romo had yet another of his inopportune stinkers. It's going to be a sad day when Romo doesn't put on the Cowboys jersey anymore, and if moments like this are all we have to remember him by, then that's a shame. Without him there'd be no playoff berth on the line in Week 17, but then there's the Seattle game ... and Chicago ... and the second game with the Giants ... and ...

His three-interception performance last night will surely stoke the fires of the anti-Romo faction out there, but he's really the best option for the way this team is built.


Cowboys Defense, Bleh

Going up against Robert Griffin III wasn't going to be easy. Even with a gimpy knee, the turkey-sub shiller eviscerated the Cowboys defense. Announcers Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth squealed with delight as they rolled through a montage of Griffin torching Demarcus Ware and Anthony Spencer on the zone read. Time after time Griffin would fake the handoff and dash past a lurching Ware to the tune of 10.5 yards per carry.

When Griffin wasn't running free in the Cowboys' secondary, he was pitching it to his buddy Alfred Morris, who raked up 200 yards and three touchdowns on 33 carries. Toss play after toss play saw Morris scissor his way through blockers, eating up acreage along the way. It was made all the more sickening as it seemed the Cowboys defense didn't give up, they just couldn't keep up.

And now for a few painfully bitter awards.

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20 comments
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Not to be funny or anything, but the Dallas Cowboys should probably change their name to the Dallas 8&8s.

Rooster0620
Rooster0620

Meh.  This team will be 8-8 as long as the current guy owns the team.  Until the day comes when Jerrah decides to stop being Jerrah, this team will continue to be a non-event.

This, however, will not stop legions of Cowboy sheep from lining Jerrah's pockets with their hard earned scratch.

JaimesonPaul
JaimesonPaul

8-8 was a miracle with this team. What with the injuries on defense, to Murray and combined with the awful o-line play it was luck that got us to last night. Of course there will be the usual people calling for Romo's head, and they will be wrong as usual (17 tds to 3 picks over the end of the season). With the emergence of Dez, Dwayne and the LB core before the injuries there is some hope for this team. 


Having the 18th pick in the first two rounds isn't a bad thing either, unless ol'Jerruh falls in love with Kenny Vaccaro's bowl/combine performance and trades up for him.

Sotiredofitall
Sotiredofitall topcommenter

Another soap opera season ends with another on the far horizon.   Every "Next year will bring with it renewed optimism and reasons to believe"

Bone Head
Bone Head

Romo is not the one! He Will NEVER take the cowboys to a super bowl! Jerry has admitted if he wasn't the GM he would have fired the GM by now! lol

DennisMarek
DennisMarek

@Dallas_Observer Not sure it will change after that either his Son takes over or Jerry Junior

ChrisYu
ChrisYu topcommenter

yes they crushed our baseless hopes again. i'll be back for more next year. thanks for covering the Cowboys here.

thedailydixon
thedailydixon

@Dallas_Observer Nothing to discuss... the Cowboys did what the Cowboys do. Nothing will change until Jerry Jones is gone.

Chip LaRowe
Chip LaRowe

What did I call it for this season? 8-8. They are mediocre. Jerry is not going away. He will continue to sign players past their prime because, well I don't know, ask him some time. Romo is not the problem. Even if he was culpable yesterday, he is not the reason why they are 8-8 this year. The lack of a rush or a rush defense is where the trouble lies. Build from the inside out. That wall of meat up front, the utterly unsexy picks in the draft is where we ought to be building. And not by signing Spencer to a big contract. But, I expect a Sensabaugh like deal and to see him spare everybody to death next season while Romo runs around for his life because we still have Doug Free or a reasonable facsimile of him picking him up off the turf.

Scott Figuerola
Scott Figuerola

Romo's problem is accuracy and decision making, not escapability. The problem with this team starts at the top with Jones and then Garrett. Being one of the top teams in penalties, near the bottom in turnover difference, and constant mental mistakes plaque them every year. And that starts at the top. Sadly, this team is going nowhere with that power structure, and Jones' ego is too big to realize he's a horrible GM.

Night Rider
Night Rider

Jones, Garrett, and Romo all need to be relegated to the AFL. As in Arena Football League.

Larry Spann
Larry Spann

Time to move on from Jerry Jones - the WORST owner in sports.

NiteRider
NiteRider

Good article. And until the 'Boys get a new QB, you might as well save it to use again. You can put perfume on a turd, and surround it with flowers, but it's still gonna be a turd. And if Jerry Jones doesn't stop listening to that little voice in his head that tells him he is the most brilliant assessor of football talent ever, I'm afraid the whole sad story will keep repeating itself.

Grant Gryseels
Grant Gryseels

time to move on from romo. he's not the only problem, but it's easier to replace 1 guy than all 22. we need to draft offensive linemen and a QB with running/escapability. we could spend a lifetime trying to build an all-star team around romo and "hope" he can thrive

El De
El De

as expected... sadly...

justinwbitner
justinwbitner

@ChrisYu Thanks for reading.  I appreciate your comments, keep hope alive for 2013!

justinwbitner
justinwbitner

@NiteRider I'd beg to differ with you on your point about getting a new QB, but of course last night isn't a real strong leg to stand on for that argument.  

I do agree that Jerry is the ultimate issue here, and yes, the future doesn't look promising with him at the helm. 

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