Two plays cost the Cowboys 14 points

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  1. Reality

    Reality Administrator Staff Member

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    Well, actually, it was two players.

    Anthony Spencer jumping offsides on 4th down giving the Saints a first down in the red zone. It should be in the Football 101 instructional guide .. never ever ever risk jumping offsides on defense if a team has 4th down with 5 or less yards needed for a first down.

    The other play was the Murray fumble. Again, the Football 101 instructional guide should stress that when running the ball inside your own 10 yard line, you should always hold on to the ball with two hands.

    I like both of those players and I am not in any way saying they should be benched, cut, traded or whatever knee-jerk action that comes to mind. The bottom line though is that those two plays cost the Cowboys 14 points. You can talk about the poor defensive play, the dropped balls, missed opportunities, etc. but those two plays hurt the most.

  2. CATCH17

    CATCH17 1st Round Pick

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    I'd also say the non holding call on the 1st play of the game cost us 7.
  3. danielofthesaints

    danielofthesaints Well-Known Member

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    I also remember two plays that cost the Saints 14 points. (See: Dez Bryant) It's football. Mistakes happen. You just try and limit those week by week.
  4. Muhast

    Muhast Newo

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    You mean when Hatcher is literally tackled by the OT while trying to grab Brees? lol
  5. Picksix

    Picksix A Work in Progress

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    Couldn't beleive that wasn't called. The guy practically tackled Hatcher. If they call that, it's first and 20. Might have converted and still gone down and scored on us, but much less likely.
  6. Everson24

    Everson24 Well-Known Member

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    After the penalty we gave up the TD and that led to the game time mismanagement that gave them another FG right before the half. Just too many dumb mistakes to overcome against an offense like the Saints.
  7. mgcowboy

    mgcowboy Well-Known Member

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    Both of Spencer and Murray will come BIG next week and make up for these mistakes...

  8. CATCH17

    CATCH17 1st Round Pick

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    Yeah.. Because there was actually something they could do about it.
  9. speedkilz88

    speedkilz88 Well-Known Member

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    Those two were not mistakes, the saints got Dez'd
  10. BAT

    BAT Mr. Fixit

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    The field goal at the end of the first half should have never happened. Saints should not have been given a chance to get the ball back with just under a minute left in the half. Cowboys threw 3 straight times and consumed only 15 seconds of clock. The playcalling was completely inept in that situation.

    Cowboys should have run the clock out in that situation and go into the half with a 14-14 tie.
  11. Nav22

    Nav22 Well-Known Member

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    In the 1st half, on a 3rd and 14, the Saints picked up a 1st down with a screen pass to Sproles. They scored a TD on the drive.
  12. Hook'em#11

    Hook'em#11 Well-Known Member

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    Agreed, but, there was more than one...
  13. cajuncocoa

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    :D ...
  14. nake

    nake Well-Known Member Zone Supporter

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    Harris misplaying the punt started the chain reaction that ended up giving the Aints a free touchdown. If he catches the ball, we don't end up back at the three, the Aints don't have 8 on the line, and we aren't forced to make the decision to run into the wall or make a dangerous throw out of our end zone.

    Murray gets the fumble, but Harris gets an assist.
  15. Zman5

    Zman5 Well-Known Member

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    Murray needs to be told to protect the ball when he's near the endzone(ours and the opponents). This is two weeks in a row where he cost us.

    Just like almost every game this season, next weeks game is going to be a very close game. Turnovers are going to play a major factor in who wins.
  16. EPL0c0

    EPL0c0 The Funcooker

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    3 plays that hurt Dallas; 4th QTR.

    The 98 yard drive.

    3rd & 2 @NO 10 - 6yd gain
    3rd & 7 @NO 19 - 16yd gain
    3rd & 8 @NO 37 - 60yd gain

    Results in a TD.

    3 opportunities on one drive to either get off the field. What a difference getting a stop on any of those 3 would have made.
  17. SlimBig

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    Here are the plays to me that helped them get 14.

    1. Spencer's facemask on Brees from the missed sack causes 1st and goal.
    2. Spencer's missed tackle on Sproles (very hard to do) on 3rd and 16.
    3. Spencer jumping offsides on 4th and 1.
  18. CanadianCowboysFan

    CanadianCowboysFan Lightning Rod

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    it wasn't holding because it was a Saint player and his arm was only wrapped around our DL's neck, that isn't holding unless we do it
  19. tyke1doe

    tyke1doe Well-Known Member

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    I'm sorry, but when your leg gets twisted like Murray's did, ball security is the last thing on your mind.

    We saw that with Mario Manningham in the Seattle game. I've seen other players simply drop the ball when their legs give out on some freak twist.

    I don't blame Murray at all for that fumble. Things just happen.
  20. AbeBeta

    AbeBeta Well-Known Member

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    Inept? Had they done that people here would be screaming about being too conservative

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