Sunday, November 7, 2010
Rapid Reaction: Packers 45, Cowboys 7
By Calvin Watkins
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Dallas Cowboys have hit rock bottom. In a performance that probably surpasses their 44-6 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles to close the 2008 season, the Cowboys were blown away by the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night, 45-7, at Lambeau Field.
OK, officially the Cowboys are still in the playoff chase, but at 1-7 it appears doubtful the team will play in the middle of January. The Cowboys have lost five consecutive games, the first time they have lost five straight since 1997, when they finished 6-10. The Cowboys have been outscored 80-24 the last two games.
Wade Phillips' job status: Jerry Jones said on his weekly radio show that Phillips would return to coach the rest of the season. But now after this blowout loss, the Cowboys owner might not have a choice but to fire Phillips because it appears the team is not listening to him.
The offense is lacking: On the night, the Cowboys got one touchdown thanks to Jon Kitna's 2-yard touchdown pass to Dez Bryant with 16 seconds to play in the first half. The Cowboys finished with just 87 total offensive yards after three quarters. The Packers had 390 yards. When the game was over, the Packers compiled 415 yards of total offense compared to 215 for the Cowboys.
Injuries a concern: Cornerback Terence Newman played with a bad rib, which seemed to bother him most of the game. He couldn't wrap up and at times he looked like he couldn't run. But Newman did finish the game. Defensive end Marcus Spears left the game with a left calf injury and he didn't finish. Wide receiver Roy E. Williams was hit in the back of the helmet, he left the game briefly, but later returned. Bryan McCann hurt his left leg when he was pushed out of bounds on a kick return. but he returned. Outside linebacker Anthony Spencer hurt his left shoulder with 4:39 to play in the game.
A second quarter to forget: The game turned in the second quarter, but more importantly a decision by Phillips cost the Cowboys a possible challenge. The Packers went ahead, 21-0, and on the ensuing kickoff, McCann was stopped and it appeared his knee was on the ground, but he was stripped of the ball by Jarrett Bush. Nick Collins picked up the loose ball and returns it for a score, 26-yards with 2:04 to play to make it 28-0. The Cowboys had no timeouts left, they used their last one with 2:16 left, so they couldn't challenge the play. And with it not being under 2:00 the replay official couldn't ask for a review.
What's next: The Cowboys might make major changes to the personnel and to the coaching staff. Next week they visit the New York Giants, who might be the best team in the NFC East.