Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 10/27/13
Calvin Johnson comes down with a 54 yard reception in today’s game What It Means- The Dallas Cowboys fall to 4-4 on the season after being dominated on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball by the Detroit Lions. The ‘Boys were lucky to be in the game and just when everyone thought they were going to steal a win in Detroit, they lost in classic Cowboys fashion, giving up a rushing TD to Matthew Stafford with :12 seconds remaining. The defense basically disappeared in the fourth quarter allowing 24 points. The team seems destined for another 8-8 season, and now it seems as if the only hope for the Cowboys playoff aspirations is to win the NFC East outright. The Lions now hold a tiebreaker in terms of wild card implications that could arise in the near future. Defense Gets Shredded- In a rather up and down season as a unit, the defense hit another low point on Sunday allowing Calvin Johnson to scorch them for 14 catches 329 yards and a TD, even with Brandon Carr tailing him all over the field. Additionally, the team as a whole gave up a total of 623 total yards of offense to the Lions. Inexcusable. It’s only the second time since 2011 that a team has had -4 turnover margin in the game and still won. The defense created turnovers, but they seem to gladly give up huge chunks of yardage all over the field. Bright Spots- Perhaps the only two bright spots to take out of this game are the continuing emergence of Terrance Williams and the solid performance of Sean Lee. Williams now holds a Cowboys rookie record for 4 consecutive games with a TD. Additionally, Lee’s Pro Bowl campaign continued adding in two interceptions for the defense that absolutely saved the team twice. His knack to find the ball is second to none at the linebacker position. Tony Romo Cools Down- Romo only completed 14 of 30 passes he threw finishing up with a 46.7 completion percentage. Since the Denver shootout, Romo’s completion percentage has dropped in three consecutive weeks (60% vs. Washington, 59.6% vs. Philadelphia) and he sort of seems out of funk. The offense has stalled several times the past few weeks and they must get back on track for this team to have any type of long term success. What’s Next- The Cowboys host the Minnesota Vikings next Sunday in their only home game the next six weeks. Also, It’ll sure be a tough week ahead at Valley Ranch for Jason Garrett, Monte Kiffin, and Dez Bryant. Bryant threw several temper tantrums on the sidelines, and at the end of the game had to be calmed down by Jason Witten and DeMarcus Ware.      
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