• The Cowboys should open up the roof to let the stink out. The OL is not good, but there’s nothing new there. The more alarming issue that reared its head in somewhat surprising fashion was the complete and total breakdown by the Cowboys secondary. Bears receivers were wiiiiiiiide open all night.
• Dez Bryant had one of the worst 100 yard receiving games you’ll ever see. To be determined (or not) who was at fault on the Charles Tillman INT return. I’ll be honest – I’m inclined to just always blame Dez (he also shot JFK… and JR), but Gruden did a good job breaking down what he thought the communication was between Romo and Dez pre-snap. It sure looked to me like Romo was expecting a hitch, and Dez ran a go. His drop on the deep ball was horrid.
• Mackenzy Bernadeau is not a good player. I want to be careful not to overreact here, but it won’t surprise me if he’s not starting when the team returns from its bye week. It started on the second offensive play of the season, when Lawrence Taylor, er, Rocky Bernard blew right past Bernadeau for a sack, and hasn’t gotten much better. Last week the Buccaneers tried to run stunts to get one on one matchups with Michael Bennett on Bernadeau, and were very successful with it. Bernadeau couldn’t block him, and he struggled all night with Henry Melton and others. Teams are going to begin game planning around exposing Bernadeau. It’s time to get him out of there.
• Speaking of benchings, the QB numbers tonight:
Ha, just kidding. I actually thought Romo played very well tonight… for about 3 quarters. The shovel pass (or whatever it was) that Lance Briggs took to the house was a mess, and his two other picks in garbage time were ugly. But he put together a scoring drive in which he got no protection on multiple occasions, escaped sure negative plays and somehow got the ball down field to his receivers. He has no help. Dez Bryant and Jason Witten are dropping passes like madmen (although Witten didn’t have any tonight), guys are running wrong routes (or quitting them), and he has no protection whatsoever. I suspect a lot is going to made of his 5 INTs and the fact that he now leads the league in that category, but really, I can’t imagine too many QBs having any success in the situation Jerry Jones has surrounded him with.
• Hey Rob Ryan, when the Bears have the ball at their own 6, and you can use a big play in the worst way, maybe that’s not the time to drop DeMarcus Ware into coverage.
• I wonder what percentage of that stadium was Bears fans. Terrible job by Cowboys fans.
• The Cowboys have off this week, and when they return, they face the following schedule: At Ravens, At Panthers, Giants, At Falcons, At Eagles. Ouch. The Cowboys had a chance to build some serious equity after their huge win on the road Week 1 in NJ. Didn’t happen.
• Salaries are complex, but if you take the average yearly pay of each of the Cowboys 5 starting offensive linemen, it’s a combined $18.724 million per year.
• Felix Jones should just take a knee if he fields the ball anywhere in the end zone.
• Bright spots… Hmmm… Sean Lee?
• Some quick facts:
- Only one team (the Jags) has scored fewer points per game than the Cowboys.
- The Cowboys have the second worst point differential in the NFL (-23), behind only the Panthers (-29).
- Tony Romo, as mentioned above leads the NFL in INTs, with 8.
- The Cowboys went from the #1 defense in the NFL to #5 tonight.
OK, I think that’s enough for now. More after I watch the tape.