Monday, January 7, 2013
What Went Wrong, No. 5: Poor starts
By Todd Archer
IRVING, Texas -- The Cowboys showed a remarkable ability to come back from double-digit deficits throughout the course of the season.
The Cowboys' three disastrous opening drives in Week 2 at Seattle included a blocked punt, and Dallas found itself down 10-0 early on.
Unfortunately, they were mostly caused by their poor starts. Whatever Jason Garrett was selling before the game, the Cowboys were not buying at the beginning, especially early in the season.
In Week 2 at Seattle, the Cowboys fumbled the opening kickoff, allowed a blocked punt return for a touchdown and had an interception on their first three drives, which led to a 10-0 deficit and 27-7 loss.
In Week 4 against Chicago, the Cowboys found themselves down 24-10 thanks to interception returns for touchdowns by Charles Tillman and Lance Briggs.