The Dallas Cowboys have lost six straight games following a 2-0 start with Tony Romo as their quarterback. Some of the losses were ugly: a 39-28 home loss to Atlanta in Week 3 in which the Cowboys were held scoreless after halftime, and a 30-6 home loss to England in Week 5 in which the Cowboys mustered just two field goals.
The other four losses? Heartbreakers. Average margin of defeat? Five points. None by more than one score, including Sunday’s 33-27 overtime loss to the Eagles.
Is it safe to say the loss to Philly sunk the Cowboys’ season – regardless of when Romo (collarbone) returns?
“Yeah, I (think it did),” CBSSports.com senior NFL writer Will Brinson said on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show. “I understand the idea of, ‘Let’s rush Romo back and see if we can make a run. This is a bad division. You never know what’ll happen.’ But look at the schedule.”
Dallas plays at Tampa Bay (3-5) in Week 10, at Miami (3-5) in Week 11, against Carolina (8-0) on Thanksgiving, at Washington (3-5) in Week 12 and at Green Bay (6-2) in Week 14.
“Four out of their next five are on the road,” Brinson said. “One is in Green Bay. Two of them are in Florida on back-to-backers coming up, and the game they want Romo to come back for is at Miami. This guy is supposed to come back from a broken collarbone and beat the Dolphins and then four days later play the Panthers at home on Thanksgiving? It doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, if you ask me, to rush him back for two games in four days. If anything, you need to figure out how to get one win in Florida and split that road trip and hope that Romo can be back on Thanksgiving. It reeks of a little desperation bringing him back.”
Not just with Romo, either.
“I thought they brought Dez Bryant back one week too soon,” Brinson said. “They got lucky he didn’t hurt himself or re-aggravate his injury. You have a wide receiver running around on a broken metatarsal. It just feels like this is constant chip-shoving from Jerry (Jones), which is nothing new over what we’ve seen.”
Bryant looked like his usual self against the Eagles, hauling in five catches for 104 yards and a touchdown. Against Seattle, though, he had just two catches for 12 yards.
The Cowboys are two-and-a-half games behind the Giants (5-4) for the NFC East lead. They have two division games remaining, both against Washington.
It may be time for Dallas to wave the white flag.
“I know you don’t give up a season,” Brinson said. “But with four out of five on the road and this kind of schedule, I just don’t see them making a move – not with the Eagles improving and the Giants looking capable of getting to nine (wins).”