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Cowboys season fractured

W. Phillips.jpgThe word was already out that Tony Romo broke his clavicle.  The Cowboys defense, steamrolled all night, faced a second-and-eight early in the third quarter on their own 25-yard line.

Jon Gruden: “This is a gut check for the Cowboys defense.”

Ron Jaworski: “This is where you find out about your football team.”

Next play: A 25-yard touchdown.  (It came on a screen pass to Giants wide receiver Mario Manningham which made a handful of Cowboys look silly.)

The Giants beat up Dallas 41-35 Monday night, but the final score doesn’t reflect the decisive victory.  The Giants racked up 497 yards of offense, almost doubling Dallas’ total.  It was the second straight primetime game that will be remembered for a long time, and not for Dez Bryant’s garbage time touchdowns.

The night started out promising enough for the Cowboys, who are now 1-5.  Dallas led 10-7 on the strength of three Giants turnovers when Romo left the game.  They led 20-7 after Bryant returned a punt 93 yards for a touchdown.

Let the record show, however, that the 2010 Cowboys were rotten before Romo was hurt. It says a lot about the team that their own fans assumed they would show no little resistance after Romo went down, leaving the game in droves in the third quarter.  The fans had the right instinct; JerryWorld was the most depressing place to be in Texas on Monday night.

Give the 5-2 Giants credit: No team in the NFC is playing better. They have the squad Jerry Jones thought he had: balanced, physical on both sides of the ball, and dangerous to opposing quarterbacks.  A team that can overcome mistakes — like five turnovers.

New York will continue to play big games this season, but this night was about the Cowboys.  It’s a night that will be remembered in Dallas as the unofficial end of the Wade Phillips era. 

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  1. JohnnyBallsack says: Oct 26, 2010 12:44 AM

    Phillips beat the odds tonight and proved everyone wrong. He IS a lousier coach that Childress. In fact he may be the worst in the league, bottom 10 all time.
    A perfect season would be the Giants over the Jets in Jerry’s new palace.

  2. mixpix says: Oct 26, 2010 12:50 AM

    It might be a blessing in disguise that Romo is out for probably the rest of the season. The Cowboys are not going anywhere, they are 1-5 in a competitive division that sees the Giants at #1 in their division. Both the Redskins & the Eagles are tied for #2, one game back. The Cowboys have less than a 10% chance of getting into playoff contention. It would mean that they would have to run the table, with the other teams stumbling; it probably won’t happen.
    The consolation for them is that their stadium is hosting the Super Bowl & they probably will have the best seating….

  3. grendel says: Oct 26, 2010 12:51 AM

    The Giants are probably the most talented team in the NFC right now, but if they put up sloppy performances like tonight’s against good teams, they will lose. If they can clean it up I think they can make another run at the Superbowl (to lose), otherwise they’ll lose to one of the Eagles, Falcons, or Saints in the playoffs.

  4. joshington says: Oct 26, 2010 12:53 AM

    Pretty much sums it up. A great night indeed!

  5. Kappy says: Oct 26, 2010 1:02 AM

    This game was not about the Cowboys. Enough already. They were done a long time ago; 8 days ago. How about we talk about the team that won the game for once? The Cowboys didn’t lose that game, the Giants dominated the game & stole it from a dangerous team. How you ask? By being the best team in the NFL. The Cowboys are a talented team with or without Romo & they were given a 20-7 lead. The Giants didn’t need a heave, a prayer & a pass interference call to win the game against a team that was destroyed by the Raiders (Jets v. Broncos); they didn’t need a blown fumble call to win (Steelers v. Phins); and they didn’t need OT to beat a winless joke (Ravens v. Bills). The Giants stuck with it & didn’t fold when many other teams would have. The Giants have the best front 4 in the game, a top 5 total defense & a top 5 total offense. They Aldo did this with 5 turnovers & a punt return for a TD. This team will clean up the mistakes & march into Dallas in February and will bring home yet another championship. Talk about the team that won the game, not the bunch of losers down in Dallas. Play Like a Giant = Play Like a Champion; Play Like a Jet = Play like the Second Best Team in Giants Stadium, AGAIN.

  6. vikes_favre says: Oct 26, 2010 1:04 AM

    When can the unofficial end to the Childress/Favre era begin in Minnesota?
    Please let it be soon!!

  7. Gautam says: Oct 26, 2010 1:04 AM

    I think the Commish will have to start fining the Giants defense if they keep taking out QBs at this rate. But I think the Giants would accept the fines if their defense keeps playing at this rate.

  8. pft_b1ows says: Oct 26, 2010 1:14 AM

    I like how you made an attempt to downplay how well Dez Bryant is playing.

  9. roadkill says: Oct 26, 2010 1:23 AM

    So Jerry gets to host the Super Bowl and make the first pick in the draft. It’s not fair how many gifts the Cowboys receive. There must be a league conspiracy.

  10. The Ghost of Terry Bradshaw says: Oct 26, 2010 1:32 AM

    Wasn’t Week 2 supposed to be the end of the Tom Coughlin era?

  11. In & Out Burger says: Oct 26, 2010 1:49 AM

    Hey Gregg quoted my comment.

  12. AttackRaven says: Oct 26, 2010 2:05 AM

    Until Jerrah gets his re-stretched face out of the Cowboy’s business the Pokes will always SUCK.
    He just LOVES being in their draft room on draft day F##KING everything up in his rolled up white shirt.

  13. Munze Konza says: Oct 26, 2010 2:07 AM

    Kitna will bring them close to wild-card hopes with 4 weeks left in the season. Then they will just miss out…

  14. Jack Acid says: Oct 26, 2010 2:16 AM

    It actually ended at the end of 2008. Phillips has always been a lame duck head coach.

  15. wd40 says: Oct 26, 2010 2:19 AM

    The unofficial end to the season came in Washington when the O Line showed itself for what it is–Old, Mediocre y Lacking Depth.
    The defense isn’t far behind. The safeties are subpar. Ratliff isn’t the player he was two years ago and Brooking is embarrassing himself.

  16. Matt Cribbin says: Oct 26, 2010 2:24 AM

    Haha! Hail Skins! 4-12 Cowboys. At best. 10-6 Skins. Haha! Fail!

  17. Tombstone7 says: Oct 26, 2010 2:53 AM

    I am not a Tony Romo fan nor a Dalla fan, but I am an NFL fan!
    Dallas Cowboyz are a bunch of “under-achievers without a leadership vein in their DNA…….
    Roy Williams is a bust and Dez Bryant and Miles Austins are the only ones play’n like they got Heart……………maybe Demarcus Ware….Keith Brookings is a punk………….For the record, I am a Saints/Raiders fan…..I understand setbacks, but the Cowboyz are ri-di-cu-lous!…………….Sorry Coach Phillips, your next job is an assistant defensive coordinator with the Jacksonville Jaguars………….in other words, PURGATORY!…by the way, ask Jerry Jones to kiss your butt on the way out!

  18. DieHardSkinsFan21 says: Oct 26, 2010 3:00 AM

    Nothing is better than watching cowgirl fans squirm. They are done. Plain and simple. THE COWGIRLS SUCK!
    Where you at boysroll, vox????? Guess there is no talk of super bowl now???

  19. JohnnyBallsack says: Oct 26, 2010 3:10 AM

    Jerry- get ready to welcome New Yorkers into your home. I see a Giants-Jets Super Bowl happening. Try not to have a stroke and be a good host. Cheers!

  20. CowboysFansAreAllBandwagonFans says: Oct 26, 2010 3:47 AM

    It’s a night that will be remembered in Dallas as the unofficial end of the Wade Phillips era.
    He’s the best thing for them.. they need to keep him until he dies.. and even then, just prop him up on the sidelines..
    That way they can go 1-15 EVERY year!

  21. iusedtobeteddybayer says: Oct 26, 2010 4:30 AM

    Wade Phillips is truly the bust here. What has he ever done? He’s a calming force…in the storm that is the NFL. So what? You go, Jerry. You know nothing, either.
    I hope Wade is forced to be a glad-hander at Caesars Palace. Free buffet, you fat ass.

  22. CowboysFansAreAllBandwagonFans says: Oct 26, 2010 4:52 AM

    it’s BEEN fractured.. it just takes you pundits a lot longer to see what the rest of the world already knows…
    Dallas Is NOT As Good As The Media Thinks!
    not even close
    and 1-5 proves it.

  23. penguininbondage says: Oct 26, 2010 4:55 AM

    Christmas comes early. Should be a lot cheaper for me to get those tickets for the Philly game now.

  24. HAILSKINS says: Oct 26, 2010 5:09 AM

    Their season was over long before Romo went down. Hell it never really got started. They are and have always been the most over rated team in football. Just because your personal hype machine ESPN says you are gonna win the Super Bowl does not mean you are actually a Super Bowl caliber team. Romo is a choke artist and Wade has always been a joke as a head coach. Think about that joke of a training camp they had. Thats all you need to see right there to figure out whats wrong with this team. Could’nt happen to a better team. Losers.

  25. Indeed-a-dolfan says: Oct 26, 2010 5:50 AM

    Whomever has a boss that is a Cowboys fan watch out. You might be fired or laid-off today. Don’t worry…you won’t be alone, there are millions of us out here.

  26. johnnyhose says: Oct 26, 2010 5:53 AM

    It doesn’t matter if Romo got hurt or not, and for that matter dig up Staubaugh and play him. The problem is Wade and the defense. That might be, no that is the worst befense in the nfl.

  27. NoKoolaidCowboy says: Oct 26, 2010 6:06 AM

    Somewhere, someone is still trying to explain to Wade what all this means. And he is still looking at them puzzled.

  28. Bwa Ha Ha says: Oct 26, 2010 6:15 AM

    If only Tony hadn’t gotten hurt the “boys would have gone to the Super Bowl!! (heh heh)

  29. WildBirdOffense says: Oct 26, 2010 6:18 AM

    This is what happens when you draft a DIVA wide receiver instead of a desperately needed Offensive Lineman in the FIRST ROUND!
    Idiots. The whole cowboys organization, bunch of idiots. When you have two, possibly 3 good wide receivers ALREADY on the roster, why spend a first round pick on another one when there are more important positions to touch on? I don’t wish injury on anyone, but it’s deserved…..not on Romo, but on the Cowboys as an organization.

  30. NoKoolaidCowboy says: Oct 26, 2010 6:26 AM

    And what’s worse is, when has an owner ever come on before the start of a nationaly televised game to talk smack about how this is a defining game?
    PT Barnum Jones needs to go into the background but he never will.

  31. tinkletinkleonyourstar says: Oct 26, 2010 6:37 AM

    Igor Olshansky celebrating a tackle late in the game when his defense was made the Giants bitches all night long? really?

  32. ham1 says: Oct 26, 2010 6:44 AM

    Say it aint so. No, no please dont let the puppet go.
    Cry all you want cowpukes. It will be OK because your biggest fan boysroll made many positive predictions for the pukes. LMFAO
    Just losing your QB was bad, but how do you account for the total let down of that vaunted Dallas D?
    Bring on the excuses.

  33. 8man says: Oct 26, 2010 6:54 AM

    The G-Men are coming on strong. As of right now, they are the best team in the NFC.
    When you can turn the ball over three times in the first half, five times total, on the road still lead at the break, and win easily, you are on a roll.
    Now they are tied for best in the conference, get their bye week and then Dallas in three weeks and Romo won’t be back then either.

  34. fuddy says: Oct 26, 2010 7:24 AM

    What a great way to start the week 🙂
    Perhaps now big blue will get some respect.

  35. shamemaker says: Oct 26, 2010 7:27 AM

    ” It’s a night that will be remembered in Dallas as the unofficial end of the Wade Phillips era. ”
    God, I hope you are right. How would you like that bumbling idiot to lead you into battle?

  36. ejtowne says: Oct 26, 2010 7:39 AM

    Weren’t the Dallas Cowboys #2 in salary spent this year? Shows that you don’t always get what you pay for!

  37. KnuckleBucket says: Oct 26, 2010 8:01 AM

    So their season is fractured now? But before Romo broke his collarbone they were sitting pretty at 1-4……
    This team is such a waste of talent. Hey Jerry Jones, go get a real coach and try this for once, leave him alone and let him coach!!!

  38. hckjr019 says: Oct 26, 2010 8:01 AM

    I’m a huge Dallas Fan been one for 40 years. Once Romo went down it was “turn off the lights the party’s over”. The wind just went out of their sails, Kitna is not Romo, but Romo was no Aikman or Staubach. Dallas needs another Aikman, Romo will not get them to a Super Bowl. Way to much talent on Dallas team to be 1-5 and out of it. Dez Bryant is a bright spot, everyone needs to step up now to salvage respect this season. Oh well, until next year………………..

  39. Pastabelly says: Oct 26, 2010 8:06 AM

    Yes, the record will show that they would have been 1-5 without Romo. Also let it show that Romo is nothing special. He may be one of the most overrated quarterbacks of the past decade. The Giants are a well coached team that can run the ball and get after the opposing quarterback.

  40. Kisstherings says: Oct 26, 2010 8:07 AM

    Garbage time touchdowns? He worked for every one of them and if they get the onsides kick at the end they are right back in the game.

  41. rickah88888 says: Oct 26, 2010 8:35 AM

    Just more proof that last season was an “off year” for the Dallas Cowboys!
    Cry me a river….the Eagles have had QB injuries since week #1 and are still 4-3.
    Dallas has been a joke of a franchise for over a decade. The only ones not to get that are the fans and Coach Phillips.
    Thanks for hosting the Superbowl, Dallas! It’s about all you’re good for this season!

  42. Krow says: Oct 26, 2010 8:38 AM

    Garbage time… except for the punt return. The Giants let down… stupidly… but they did. Either that or Jon Kitna is a great QB. Do the math.

  43. css52465 says: Oct 26, 2010 8:39 AM

    If Wade goes (and he will…) who would want to coach this team with Jerry looking over your shoulder every second? Doubt that Cowher would put up with it… “Chucky” seems happy in the booth…Would Nick Saban take another stab at the NFL?? Candidates???

  44. Materialman says: Oct 26, 2010 8:43 AM

    The season was already over. Romo got lucky, he can say it’s not his fault now. I guess Jerry will tell us Dallas is the best 1-5 team in the league now….

  45. Zaggs says: Oct 26, 2010 8:43 AM

    “Garbage time touchdowns? He worked for every one of them and if they get the onsides kick at the end they are right back in the game.”
    Very much helped by 2 sloppy Giant turnovers and a prevent defense. Hell before Romo went down they weren’t doing much in that game.

  46. Lott42 says: Oct 26, 2010 8:44 AM

    The Boys can join the Yankees as the poster child for how NOT to run a franchise. I hope all you rich guys have fun in the off season driving around w your pimps, it takes a lot of energy to through all that cash. And oh yeah you’ll be able to watch the World Series and The Super Bowl on your 150″ HDTV. Way to go — losers.

  47. kravon says: Oct 26, 2010 8:48 AM

    Its going to be great fun if Pittsburgh wins the Superbowl in Jerruhs house.
    Hoping for #7

  48. mikellie says: Oct 26, 2010 8:55 AM

    #1- The Giants aren’t even the best team in NY.
    #2- The best team doesn’t always win.
    #3- Yes, Igor Ilshansky is an idiot.
    #4- Cowboys are done but they will not feel the pressure that
    Jerry put on them anymore and will beat some teams
    toward the end of the season to knock them out of the
    playoff picture also.

  49. mikellie says: Oct 26, 2010 9:07 AM

    This is the first game that the Dallas Cowboys actually got beat in this year. They obviously beat themselves the other 5 losses. They dominated every part of the games except the final score. Against the Giants, they were dominated so they deserved to lose. The other 5, not so much.

  50. JRG3 says: Oct 26, 2010 9:29 AM

    I might be the only one on this this…but what the eff was up that akward Jerry Jones PSA before the game? like he was the President or something, it just came off like “our team sucks, let me show you why” The stadium cannot hold his ego. until he leaves Dallas, they wont find balance

  51. overkil2 says: Oct 26, 2010 9:32 AM

    You beat a Dangerous team? Really? They were 1-4 going into that game and going nowhere.

  52. Bernard123 says: Oct 26, 2010 9:35 AM

    My 2 favorite teams are whoever is playing the Red Sox and whoever is playing the Cowboys. “How about them Cowboys?” Heh, heh. I was hoping to see Jerry Jones picking his nose on national TV again. That, would have been a perfect night.

  53. willmose says: Oct 26, 2010 9:38 AM

    There was a time, yes it was long ago, when the ‘boys were a good team and good organization. Their fans, while generally pretty obnoxious, were hard nosed and reality based. Which brings me to the bad part of the ‘boys losing: the loud whining of the Cowboy fans. 9-7 will get some NFC team into playoffs this year (perhaps even 8-8). News flash. It don’t be the ‘boys. But for all your whiners and excuse makers in Dallas, the good news is that Romo won’t be playing QB again this season. Heck, that’s good for at least two wins more even with Jerry Jones and his assistant coach Wade Phillips running things.

  54. Bernard123 says: Oct 26, 2010 9:47 AM

    Just a reminder to puffed up Giants fans, what was their record last year at this time? 5-0! Soon to be 6-0 and we remember what happened last year.

  55. Bernard123 says: Oct 26, 2010 9:49 AM

    Just a reminder to puffed up Giants fans, what was their record last year at this time? 5-0! Soon to be 6-0 and we remember what happened last year.

  56. smilergrogan says: Oct 26, 2010 10:13 AM

    kappy: whatever drug you are on, i want some.
    i saw the titans and the giants play. your hallucination must have started before that. otherwise you would remember that game, and could not call the gints the best team in the NFL.
    don’t forget eli was, is, and always will be a turnover machine. and any other team without wade as a coach and jj as the g.m. would have had the giants by the throat after turnover number three (which ignores several others i know).
    be happy now cause just like the ’09 giants (remember, they were the alleged best team after 6 games last year), you will be watching the playoffs again from the sidelines…..

  57. Panda_Claus says: Oct 26, 2010 10:57 AM

    It may be time to put a headstone on the jobs of Chilly, Norv and Wade. Could qualify for a group discount by firing them all at the same time.
    Is it too early to resusitate the Norv-back-to-Dallas rumors?
    I see that as a lateral move at best, exchanging competitive defense for a competitive offense, but the puppet strings would still be clearly visible. Jerry might make one more try to win with this group by bringing back some Dallas magic.

  58. Mike Daly says: Oct 26, 2010 11:02 AM

    The Ghost Of Terry Bradshaw – as poorly as Eli and the defense played in this game and given the recent trend of Coughlin Giants teams folding down the stretch (1-4 in 2008 after 11-1 start, 3-8 after 5-0 start last year), his job might not be that secure.

  59. Bernard123 says: Oct 26, 2010 12:19 PM

    Giant D didn’t play that badly. 3 Giant early turnovers in their territory let to 13 points and a punt return for 80+ yards plus a Jacobs fumble inside the Giants 45 led to 7. That’s 27 points the D didn’t have a whole lot to do with giving up. Giants had 5 turnovers. You usually lose those games.

  60. SailorEd says: Oct 26, 2010 12:21 PM

    Can anybody say … – Bill Cowher?

  61. Hovenaut says: Oct 26, 2010 1:43 PM

    Loving the reactions of big mouth Cowboy fans realizing their team really does suck. Romo or not.
    Think Phillips is a good coach, but his window of producing in Dallas has closed. Hate to think it, but maybe Jason Garrett gets his shot next year.
    I’d go slow and easy if piling on the Giants bandwagon. Sure they’re playing well now, but we’ve seen all this before. Just don’t see them running away from the pack in the NFC.

  62. Woody Paige says: Oct 26, 2010 1:53 PM

    As a Giants fan, I don’t know if you can ask for much more in one night of football. Romo knocked out for 6-8 weeks, putting Wade out of the job, all in Jerry’s little theme park.

  63. Mike R says: Oct 26, 2010 2:14 PM

    I have been a Cowboys Fan for about 42 years and these last three years have been the worst that I can remember. We have an owner who has to control everything and is causing the ship to sink with him and a coach who has no clue how to coach. An offensive coordinator that is over rated and a former head coach for the Cowboys on the defensive end of the ball and he had no clue when he was the head coach. Yeah real good coaching staff. Looks like I actually might give up football until Jones sells, I can’t root for another team and I can’t root for them. Now I have to root for another owner that I hate and wish for the Knicks to do something positive. Right

  64. Mike R says: Oct 26, 2010 2:16 PM

    I have been a Cowboys Fan for about 42 years and these last three years have been the worst that I can remember. We have an owner who has to control everything and is causing the ship to sink with him and a coach who has no clue how to coach. An offensive coordinator that is over rated and a former head coach for the Cowboys on the defensive end of the ball and he had no clue when he was the head coach. Yeah real good coaching staff. Looks like I actually might give up football until Jones sells, I can’t root for another team and I can’t root for them. Now I have to root for another owner that I hate and wish for the Knicks to do something positive. Right

  65. iwishiwasindc says: Oct 26, 2010 4:47 PM

    Hey, Mike R: I have been a ‘Skins fan all my life…grew up to “GD@*$ Sonny Jergenson!!!Expletive, expletive!”, but I feel for you. Watch another game every week and root for the underdog or against the team that deserves to lose based on idiocy of coaches/players, etc. Dallas can’t stay down forever. If we can look half-way respectable, there’s hope for all!

  66. Kappy says: Oct 26, 2010 8:11 PM

    The Giants are the beat team in football right now. They are the most balanced team in football & statistically superior to all other 6-1, 5-2 teams in the NFL. The Jets are better on ST than the Giants, but the Giants have an equal running game, a better pass game & a better defense. The same with the Steelers & Ravens, however I might give the nod to the Steelers over the Giants right now. If any team reminds me of the ’09 Giants, its the Jets. They are a fake 5-1 & could easily see them falling apart. Their defense is a shell of last year & the cannot execute in the Red Zone. The Giants will clean up their mistakes & once they play a full, clean game, watch out; there will be no mistake who the best team in the NFL is. There is no other team that could win a game with 5 turnovers & a punt return.

  67. bringbacktheflex says: Oct 26, 2010 8:21 PM

    I don’t get it. Philips wasn’t on the field. He wasn’t playing blind CB out there. He wasn’t the part of the seive called an O-line. He wasn’t making Austin drop two sure catches that cost the Cowboys 7 points.
    Yeah, Gruden. Let’s fire a coach, then hire a coach that was fired. Makes sense.

  68. Jim says: Oct 26, 2010 8:34 PM

    You know off the bat, the problem begins
    and end with Jerry Jones. One reason is
    because he is the Owner, President and the
    General Manager of the Cowboys. Jerry
    thinks he knows Football but this season is
    like going back to 1989 when he first own
    the team and after he let Tom Landry go.
    Jerry needs a General Manager to help
    pick out the right coach for the team.
    The other problem is not totally Wade
    Phillip fault because he should have not
    signed to be the coach of the Cowboys. The
    reason? He has to do exactly what Jerry
    Jones wants him to do with the team. Wade
    does not have much independant. The only
    other worst team that than the Cowboys
    are the Buffalo Bills who is now 0-6.

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