Cowboys have blown three halftime leads this season

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The Cowboys led the Eagles 9-7 at halftime. They lost 37-9.

Atlanta outscored Dallas 17-0 in the second half last week after the Falcons led only 10-7 at halftime.

“The common thing that comes to my mind real quick is that for whatever reason, we’re getting beat pretty good in the second half,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Sunday.

The Eagles’ loss marked the third time this season Dallas has blown a halftime lead. The Cowboys lost to the Rams and Packers at home last month despite being up at halftime.

Via Drew Davison of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Cowboys have blown 18 halftime leads in Jason Garrett’s tenure. Five times the Cowboys lost games that were tied at halftime.

The Cowboys under Garrett convert 68.4 percent of games into wins when leading at halftime, per Davison, and overcome halftime deficits 33.3 percent of the time.

Jones, though, was adamant that he wasn’t blaming coaching for the Cowboys’ second-half problems the past two weeks.

“I didn’t say that at all. Did I say that?” Jones said when asked about coaching. “What I said was that we were just not playing good [in the second half] in the last two games.”

Instead, Jones explained, the Cowboys have “gotten it out of balance” by keeping their defense on the field too much in the second half. The Cowboys will have to get it back into balance in a hurry, with the Chargers in town Thursday, to keep their playoff chances alive.

27 responses to “Cowboys have blown three halftime leads this season

  1. It’s the coaching. I’m not a fan of calling for someones job but they are getting out coached time and time again. It is time for a change.

  2. I can’t believe I’m saying anything in defense of the Cowboys, as an Eagles fan, but…

    …hold up, nevermind, that was a stupid idea I had.

  3. No mental toughness. Even when the Cowboys were up at the half we were waiting for them to fold. Turned it off when the Cowboys sent three guys wide to cover four players and the Eagles waltz in from a good ten yards out. Multiple other Cowboys defenders just kinda pointed at the formation before the snap like bystanders at a car accident.

  4. Look at time of possession this year compared to last year. Look at interception rate. When your qb forces the ball to Dez and Dez can’t catch a ball things change. The team let many players leave because of management making bad contact deals and always being over the cap. It’s not a surprise. Why does anyone expect different with the team they are playing with this year compared to last. And in closing look at Dak. Nobody can look at his games this year and say he is playing like he did with Romo sitting waiting. It’s all facts. And the o line in Dallas is average at best at this point. Stop saying they are one of the best. That was last year.

  5. Its coaching, period .
    Will be as long as jerry is around.
    He cursed the cowboys when he ran jimmy out of town.

  6. They are very poor at game adjustments and that is on the coaches. A perfect example was against the Falcons last week, when Chaz Green chose to do the human interpretation of a turnstile. Dak got sacked 8 times and they never, once, brought in an extra blocker…they just…let…it…keep…happening.

    This week they adjusted and Dak had more time, but he didnt perform, and neither did his receivers.

    Jerry needs to clean house.

  7. They are what they are, a .500 team. They run block well and rush the passer but they have bad secondary/coverage LBs and can’t pass protect.

  8. It’s the Ron Rivera school of coaching…have a game plan, no matter what happens in the 1st half go into half time stare at the wall, come out in the 2nd half and continue to pound your original game plan.

    Better than my high school coach…punted on 3rd down multiple times and one game kicked off both the 1st & 2nd half. Yes we sucked!

  9. What do you want? The coach is a perennial 8-8 guy. Two winning seasons out of six full seasons of coaching. Two playoff appearances. He just ain’t that good.

  10. Blame it on the injuries. Blame it on the coaches. Blame it on the rain for all I care. Bottom line…the 53 man roster is overrated and isn’t good enough.

  11. It’s funny that Dak, who was being fitted for a gold jacket last fall, looks like Deshon Kizer here in year 2.

  12. They’re just not a good team, it’s not injuries, they’re just not that good. There’s no depth, poor coaching and Alex Smith 2.0 is their QB, pretty adorable that anyone ever thought he is better than wentz

  13. Funny thing about the three games in which Dallas has blown a halftime lead…in the first, against the Rams, Dallas was on short rest (MNF) and LA was on extra rest (TNF). Then the very next week the already tired Cowboys had to face an extra-rested Packers, and blew that halftime lead. Now this week they faced an Eagles team coming off of a full extra week of rest (bye). Sure, we all hate the Cowboys, so it’s easy to say they stink, or the coaching is bad, or whatever, but maybe it would be fairer if the chips hadn’t been so stacked against them.

  14. If you’re going to quote statistics on Cowboys holding their halftime leads and overcoming halftime deficits, the least you can do is to give the NFL average for such stats for comparison.

  15. redsoxu571 says:
    November 20, 2017 at 9:33 pm
    Funny thing about the three games in which Dallas has blown a halftime lead…in the first, against the Rams, Dallas was on short rest (MNF) and LA was on extra rest (TNF). Then the very next week the already tired Cowboys had to face an extra-rested Packers, and blew that halftime lead. Now this week they faced an Eagles team coming off of a full extra week of rest (bye). Sure, we all hate the Cowboys, so it’s easy to say they stink, or the coaching is bad, or whatever, but maybe it would be fairer if the chips hadn’t been so stacked against them.

    Your right the Eagles coming off the bye was a big reason why the game was so much different in the 2nd half. The Eagles have been notoriously slow coming off of long lay overs under Pederson with Wentz at QB. Last year they were 3-0 but came out super flat after bye. This year they had 11 days rest before they played the Redskins and were horribly slow to start the first half. Sunday they were completely out of rhythm and lethargic in the first half.

    So your right, the game would have went different if the Eagles didnt have a bye the week before. The Eagles would have blown them out from the beginning and had Foles under center for the last quarter like they had the previous 2 weeks.

  16. Jason Garrett believes in his “Process” more than he does listening to himself speak cause he sounds like an idiot.

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