10. Oh ye of little faith. If you listened to me or read me last week I toldja this was coming. Negate some penalties, some missed field goals and some turnovers – tweak things – and the Cowboys would be fine. Way I remember it, I called for more Dez Bryant (check), more blitzing (check) and an aggressive tenor that eschewed long field goals for go-for-it fourth downs (check). I’m reminded of blind pigs and acorns and such. Don’t worry, I’ll be wrong again soon enough.
9. Before the game on Fox, Jimmy Johnson predicted a Cowboys’ win if they could simply “cut down their penalties.” During the broadcast on 105.3 The Fan, Brad Sham said the Cowboys would win if they could “stop slipping on their own drool.” Three takeaways and no turnovers oughta do the trick every time. How good does 1-2 feel compared to 0-3? Bye week = Sigh week.
8. From goat to hero: Keith Brooking. One play he’s called for pass interference in the end zone, seemingly setting up a Texans’ first-and-goal-at-the-1 touchdown to make it 17-10. Thanks to a holding call on Houston his penalty is neutralized and, two plays later, he sacks Matt Schaub on a blitz to force a field goal. Four plays later Tony Romo hits Roy Williams for 63 yards and a three-possession lead.
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