Penalties haunt Cowboys in loss

October, 6, 2013
10/06/13
10:51
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ARLINGTON, Texas – Penalties have not been a big problem this year for the Dallas Cowboys, as they had been in previous seasons, but they were an issue Sunday.

The Cowboys were penalized a season-high nine times for 81 yards in their 51-48 loss to the Denver Broncos. In the first four games of the season, they didn't have more than six penalties or 72 penalty yards in a game.

Left tackle Tyron Smith had a false start in the second quarter at the Denver 3 that eventually forced the Cowboys to kick a field goal for a 17-7 lead. An unnecessary roughness penalty on linebacker Ernie Sims contributed to the Broncos’ first touchdown drive. George Selvie's face-mask penalty led to Peyton Manning’s second touchdown pass of the game. Sean Lee's pass interference penalty led to Manning’s 1-yard keeper in the second quarter.

“Penalties are certainly important in a game like this,” coach Jason Garrett said. “Really, in any game, but particularly in a game like this. You’re trying to limit their opportunities as much as [you] can. You don’t want to give them easy chances, and we knew our penalties, we’re helping them. They don’t need any help on offense. They’re pretty damn good.”

Todd Archer

ESPN Dallas Cowboys reporter

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