Monday, October 18, 2010

Oh the Humanity!!!!!!!..........Week 6 Stinker

The Cowboys giving good effort........

The last play of the Cowboys game against the Vikings was a microcosm of the season; no plan, no leadership, chaos, stupidity (and unintended hilarity). The fact that the Cowboys had to pull out a 7th grade sandlot football play to try and snatch victory from the jaws of defeat tells you all you need to know about the Cowboys this season; they are much further away from being good than we realize. This thing is rotten from the top down and I believe is going to get much worse before it gets better (if it actually does). The Cowboys are slowly spiraling out of control and into oblivion. A season that started with much alleged promise is not cratering with a resounding thud.

Two of the Cowboys reoccurring bug-a-boos surfaced again this game; turnovers and penalties. And not just stupid penalties, but mind-paralyzing stupid penalties. Having just let an excessive celebration penalty ruin the previous game against the Titans what is the first thing the Cowboys do when they scored their first touchdown against the Vikings? You got it! A nice brain fart excessive celebration penalty when Miles Austin leapfrogged Roy Williams. Crap! And pure stupidity. I'll regroup and post some more later this week but for now I've had it with this team.

* Quick note - with the release of OL Robert Brewster this past week the Cowboys 2009 draft is now squarely one of the worst in the history of the club if not the league. And the worst part is Jerry Jones is making the same mistake again. Mr. Genius GM traded out of the first round via the Roy Williams trade (mid-season 2008) and continued to trade out of the second round to acquire more picks. This was all done according to game plan because the team was going to draft special teams and reserve players. IDIOT ALERT - you do not ever use this as your drafting philosophy! If your head is so far up your ass that you either have this as you plan or don't have a plan at all please, oh please just draft the beat player available with each pick. Jones applied this same strategy in the late nineties when he thought the trifecta of Aikman/Smith/Irvin still had some championships left in them. This drafting philosophy paved the way for three consecutive 5-11, Dave Campo coached seasons. By employing this same idiotic draft philosophy again Jones is paving the way for some stinker seasons to come.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Oh the Humanity!!!!!!!..........Week 5 Stubbed Toe

Bitter, flailing defeat was handed to the Dallas Cowboys by the Tennessee Titans on Sunday (34-27). I know I'm going to sound like a broken record during this post but when you do the same things over and over to contribute to defeat, the spotlight must remain on those deficiencies. The Cowboys massively out-gained and generally outplayed the Titans yet were on the wrong end of the score. This can be directly attributed to the Cowboys deficiencies in the areas highlighted in previous posts (coaching, turnovers, penalties, offensive line). So without wasting too much more time let's take a look at this past week's kick to the crotch.

Turnovers - In three defeats this year the Cowboys a -7 in turnovers. In their one victory they were +3. There is a direct and measurable correlation between winning the turnover battle and winning the game. Take care of the football on offense, cause turnovers on defense and you will be a long way down the road to victory. Against the Titans Tony Romo had a three interception game that very easily could have ballooned to a five or six interception game had a couple of things broken Tennessee's way. I don't have the stats to prove it but by the "eyeball test" it seems to me that Romo's decision making has regressed. It appears that save some good luck going his way Romo would be sitting on a even more massive interception total four games into the season (he currently has 5). As for the defense......this unit does not know how to separate player from pigskin. The defense has one (that's not a misprint) interception so far this year. At this pace the team will have an epic four interception season.

Penalties - Sunday's display was just sickening; twelve penalties for 133 yards. This doesn't include the two penalties that were declined or offset. Sunday and for the past several years penalties have been this team's Achilles heal. The list is long and diverse; penalties to kill drives, penalties to extend the opponent's drives, penalties to negate touchdowns, stupid penalties, clock management penalties, penalties just because. All of these and more were on display Sunday. I could break them down for you but it may just frustrate me to the point of tossing my keyboard or laptop (or both!).

Offensive Line - Mull this in your football brain; Leonard Davis was pulled and Montrae Holland was inserted in his place. Sunday's early game line play was totally pathetic. Romo was getting sacked on repeated  occasions and generally was running for his life. I would like to say the line play improved later in the game but I'm not going to credit better pass protection that was offset by mind numbing, momentum killing penalties.

Coaching/Leadership - Just horrific! Coming of the bye week the team was unprepared and not focused. Once again this can be chalked up to the coaching and leadership void that is Wade Phillips. There is absolutely no excuse for being this ill-prepared with two weeks to game plan for an opponent. And it's not just the game plan; this team just looks like it doesn't want it badly enough and for a fan this is very disheartening.

This team has just been painful to watch. On the one hand, the team appears to have enough talent to compete and win. They just continue to get derailed by their stupidity and bad play. On the other hand look at the record; 1-3 means you quite possibly are not that good. More fun is looming on the horizon as a trip Minnesota arrives Sunday.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Oh the Humanity!!!!!!!..........Week 5

Thank goodness the bye week is over. Fortunately the Cowboys bye week has been completely overshadowed and pushed to the side by the Texas Rangers first trip to the post season in eleven years. I cannot begin to tell you what a relief that is. During a typical Cowboys bye week around here we are subjected to made up stories and headlines that would barely register on page eight thank to not having a football game to discuss. Thank you Rangers! And good luck trying to close out the Rays today.

Since we do have a football game to discuss; let's get to it. I don't want to oversimplify things too much but I believe we are going to get one of two versions of the Cowboys against Tennessee.

1) The over confident, we had a big win going into the bye week so everything's all good Cowboys
2) The healthy, focused and prepared Cowboys ready to do business

This game is a real head scratcher because in addition to not knowing which Cowboys team will show up there is also the question of which Tennessee team will show up. I just don't know! As has been stated before a win is critical to having a successful season (no kidding). It is especially important for two reasons; first the team does not need to fall to 1-3 and second there is a trip to Minnesota looming next weekend where the Vikings have re-acquired the Cowboys's personal kryptonite Randy Moss. See you on the other side........

"Chef's Special" Lines of the Week - NFL Week 5

You didn't think I forgot you. Of course not! Use your resources accordingly............

Date & Time                             Favorite                     Line                             Underdog
10/10 12:00 CT                         At Baltimore                -7                             Denver
10/10 12:00 CT                         At Buffalo                    -1.5                           Jacksonville
10/10 12:00 CT                         At Indianapolis         -4.5                           Kansas City 
10/10 12:00 CT                         At Detroit                     -2.5                          St. Louis
10/10 12:00 CT                         Atlanta                            -4                            Cleveland
10/10 12:00 CT                         At Cincinnati               -6.5                          Tampa Bay
10/10 12:00 CT                         At Carolina                   Pick 'em                  Chicago
10/10 12:00 CT                         Green Bay                      -2.5                          At Washington
10/10 12:00 CT                         At Houston                  -4                            NY Giants
10/10 3:05 CT                           New Orleans                  -11                          At Arizona
10/10 3:15 CT                            San Diego                        -10                         At Oakland     
10/10 3:15 CT                            At  Dallas                      -4.5                        Tennessee
10/10 7:20 CT                           At San Francisco         -3.5                        Philadelphia
10/11 7:35 CT                            At NY Jets                    -4.5                        Minnesota

Bye Weeks: Miami, New England, Pittsburgh, Seattle

As usual point spreads are for entertainment purposes only. If you lose your ass, hey, that's on you.

Friday, October 01, 2010

"Chef's Special" Lines of the week - NFL Week 4

The NFL reaches its unofficial "quarter-pole" this weekend. The league also kicks off bye weeks. I know this represents two less games that you will potentially take a spanking on, but it does mean that you can drop more dough on less games (win-win, sweet!). Short on coin? Take a good look in your sofa cushions, put that unused bike into hock or just hit up your buddies. But whatever you do, please do pass on this opportunity to take your weekly beat down.

Date & Time                             Favorite                     Line                             Underdog
10/3 12:00 CT                           At Tennessee                -6                             Denver
10/3 12:00 CT                           At Pittsburgh              -2.5                           Baltimore
10/3 12:00 CT                           Cincinnati                      -4.5                           At Cleveland 
10/3 12:00 CT                           At Green Bay               -11                            Detroit
10/3 12:00 CT                           At New Orleans           -10.5                        Carolina
10/3 12:00 CT                           At Atlanta                     -4.5                           San Francisco
10/3 12:00 CT                           Seattle                              -2.5                          At St. Louis
10/3 12:00 CT                          NY Jets                             -5.5                          At Buffalo
10/3 3:05 CT                            Indianapolis                     -9.5                           At Jacksonville
10/3 3:05 CT                            Houston                           -5.5                          At Oakland
10/3 3:15 CT                             At San Diego                 -7                             Arizona
10/3 3:15 CT                             At  Philadelphia           -6.5                          Washington
10/3 7:20 CT                            At NY Giants                 -1.5                           Chicago
10/4 7:35 CT                            New England                    Pick 'em                  At Miami

Bye Weeks: Dallas, Kansas City, Minnesota, Tampa Bay

As usual point spreads are for entertainment purposes only. If you lose your ass, hey, that's on you.