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Discussion in 'Fan Zone' started by erod, Oct 7, 2013.

  1. erod

    erod Well-Known Member

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    Hyperbole is often exagerrated in the short thereafter, but I'm certain I'll never forget the day I watched Peyton Manning at his absolute best get upstaged by Tony Romo in a game that will live forever in NFL lore.

    Some morning-after observations after struggling to catch my breath....

    1. Never has so much been asked from a single player in Cowboys history. Damn, I was proud of Tony Romo yesterday. That was the most brilliant performance I've seen from a Cowboys quarterback in my lifetime, even with the interception. He knew they couldn't punt; he had to make a throw; he tripped on Tyron's leg and the throw came out weak; and yes, he had Murray but couldn't see him behind Tyron. The referee blew the horsecollar call on the play before. Romo knew a punt was just as good as an interception, so he let it go. Still, he went toe to toe with Peyton Manning carried the hopes of this franchise all day, as usual. Romo has been failed by this organization and team for so many years, he is CONSTANTLY in the position of having to bail it out. Never was that much asked of Staubach or Aikman, who got to just drive the bus many Sunday afternoons.

    2. The reason yesterday can be a spring board is that Dallas now has a legitimate offensive line. Tony made a few escape plays, but by and large, the offensive line was good in pass protection and in the run game. This is a HUGE difference from last year, and something the team can build upon. Callahan needs to say in attack mode every Sunday from here on out, now that he's seen what they can do with this offensive line.

    3. Ware disappeared yet again. Tired of arguing this subject, but he was a complete non-factor, just like he was in Kansas City and San Diego, and pretty much every big game he plays in.

    4. Terrance Williams became an NFL receiver yesterday. There's a lot to this kid, and although growing pains still lie ahead, I think yesterday should catapult him to a much more productive level in the coming weeks. Cole Beasley, too, had a very nice game yesterday, and I gotta give him props since I'm often critical of his lack of versatility on the roster.

    5. It's easy to blast the defense, especially after what happened in San Diego. But the fact is, Denver has done this five weeks in a row basically, so I'm going to wait and see what happens over the next 2-3 games to judge what's going on. The offense caused a lot of the problems against San Diego, but yesterday, we were just watching a truly NFL Great with unlimited weaponry against a team with ZERO pass rush.

    6. For those criticizing the Tampa 2, that wasn't the Tampa 2. Dallas was playing the safeties up close and inside, rather than deep and wide. Not sure it would have made a difference. Peyton simply diagnoses everything you're doing with ease, so blitzes and disguised coverages are pointless. The only way to beat Peyton is with a great pass rush, and Dallas had none.

    7. I was embarassed by the crowd, which was about 40 percent Broncos fans. However, I will say that the Bronco fans did NOT enjoy yesterday. They were arrogant as could be beforehand, and found themselves down 14-0. Then they watched Romo carve them to pieces in a comeback for the ages, and they didn't get the massacre they paid to see. They knew when they walked out that they'd witnessed a draw, and their gloating seemed hollow and unfelt.

    8. Jerry and the ignoramous architect of this stadium......did they not know the sun would shine directly into the eyes of the players? That's why football stadiums are built north-and-south, Jerry. Of course, that might put a glare on your vidja board, I know. A $1.2 billion dollar joke of a mistake.

    9. Remember, Denver has a very good defense. No team has done that to them. Nobody. That wasn't lost on the Broncos fans, trust me.

    10. I was left with this. If Dallas plays that game against the Redskins, they'll win by 30, against the Eagles, they'll win by 20, and against the Saints, they'll win by 10. I know things won't go perfectly, but with that performance by the offensive line repeated, Dallas can play this style. Last year, Romo was running for his life every play, and the run game was non-existent. This year, they can run and protect, so they need to just keep turning Romo loose.

    Meanwhile back at the Ranch, Dallas has to figure out how to play better defense against teams that don't have Peyton Manning. Starting this coming Sunday.
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  2. djmajestik

    djmajestik Well-Known Member

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    Great read as always! Thank you!
  3. iowast8rs

    iowast8rs Well-Known Member

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    I would argue your 10th point. Dallas will play down to those teams, guaranteed.
  4. erod

    erod Well-Known Member

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    That's where the judgment will come. Do they have the fortitude to attack EVERY team like they attacked Denver yesterday. You can play smart and attack at the same time.
  5. tico

    tico Active Member

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    yes my worries exactly..
  6. erod

    erod Well-Known Member

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    This sums up Peyton Manning:

    “We did not want to give them the ball back,” Manning said. “I’ve never been in a situation quite like that in the end where we needed to get the first down but we didn’t need to score. That difference was about half a yard. Knowshon and I were arguing at the end. He basically was asking, ‘How am I supposed to do that. How can I get half a yard but not get a yard and a half?’ I just said, ‘You can’t. You can’t score. You can’t do it. We have to get the first down, kick a field goal and get out of this place.’ We kept it pretty close there at the end.”
  7. iowast8rs

    iowast8rs Well-Known Member

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    I want to believe this, in the worst way, but history tells us otherwise. One of the things that can ease this loss, is by convincingly defeating the Deadskins. A complete lopsided victory.
  8. Doomsday101

    Doomsday101 Well-Known Member

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    8. Jerry and the ignoramous architect of this stadium......did they not know the sun would shine directly into the eyes of the players? That's why football stadiums are built north-and-south, Jerry. Of course, that might put a glare on your vidja board, I know. A $1.2 billion dollar joke of a mistake.


    Texas Stadium was the same way.
  9. erod

    erod Well-Known Member

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    Just win, but yeah, the Redskins coaches had to completely scrap their defensive gameplan and start over this morning. That bye week is now a waste for their defensive staff.
  10. erod

    erod Well-Known Member

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    No, it didn't have end zone windows.
  11. LeonDixson

    LeonDixson Illegitimi non carborundum

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    Great post, erod. I'm glad you got to enjoy the game in person.
  12. Zordon

    Zordon Well-Known Member

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    wow

    when they gave them 1st and 10 from the 11 instead of 1st and goal from the 10, i knew somehow, someway they'd find a way to get the first down w/out scoring a td.
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  13. SkinsandTerps

    SkinsandTerps Redskins Forever

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    Romo had a few plays where he had to escape to make a play. His performance was amazing last night.
    The OL is still not as good as you think.

    Rushing yards and sacks tell you that right ?

    Williams was indeed effective, nice young player to have. Perhaps the replacement to Austin.

    As to your # 6 point...you can beat Manning with an offense that keeps the ball away from him...and a decent secondary. What do you think the Patriots did all those years ?
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  14. Doomsday101

    Doomsday101 Well-Known Member

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    It did have the same direction of the sun with one endzone completely blinded by the sun. I know I have sat in those areas at Texas Stadium.
  15. Doomsday101

    Doomsday101 Well-Known Member

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    I think 2 of the sacks were a bit on Romo for holding the ball so long as he tried to wait on WR to uncover. I felt the OL did a great job in pass protection.
  16. erod

    erod Well-Known Member

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    The Colts never had an offensive weaponry like this, and Peyton wasn't as unbelievably brilliant as he is now back then.

    The Cowboys offensive line has been impressive all season, and especially now with Waters up and running. The three NEW interior lineman are playing great, while last year's were ridiculously bad.
  17. SkinsandTerps

    SkinsandTerps Redskins Forever

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    Very telling about the Broncos D right now with the injuries and the game they played yesterday. You need good safeties (and secondary overall ) to beat them.
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  18. erod

    erod Well-Known Member

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    But in this stadium, the windows go very low, so the sun is directly in the PLAYERS' eyes from a very low angle on the horizon. At Texas Stadium, it only came in the roof, so the shade would block it when the sun got low (except for some of the fans).
  19. SkinsandTerps

    SkinsandTerps Redskins Forever

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    Are you serious ?
  20. Doomsday101

    Doomsday101 Well-Known Member

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    I don't think it has any effect on players. sure as heck did not slow either offense up. Stadium is great and most players including former players have said then same thing.

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