Rapid Reaction: Jaguars 35, Cowboys 17
By Matt Mosley ESPN
ARLINGTON, Texas — Let’s recap another shameful performance by the Dallas Cowboys in a 35-17 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars. Someone forgot to send the memo that Jacksonville was capable of this type of dominance.
What it means: If the Cowboys (1-6) aren’t the worst team in the NFL, tell me who is. The Cowboys had hoped to rally around backup quarterback Jon Kitna, but he was undermined by dropped balls that ended up in the arms of Jaguars defensive backs and tackles. The Cowboys might not be mathematically eliminated from playoff contention, but they certainly waved the white flag Sunday.
Pathetic showing by Wade Phillips’ defense: I’m sure Phillips will brag about his players’ “effort” following this game, but his defense was once again an embarrassment. The Cowboys’ secondary did its best to get Jags wide receiver Mike Sims-Walker into the Pro Bowl based on his eight catches for 153 yards and a touchdown. Pro Bowl cornerback Mike Jenkins and his sidekick Orlando Scandrick were no match for Sims-Walker, who turned short catches into big yardage. The demise of Jaguars’ quarterback David Garrard has been greatly exaggerated, to borrow one of Phillips’ favorite Twainisms. Garrard was lethal in completing 17 of 21 passes for 260 yards and four touchdowns.
Where do the Cowboys go from here? Time to warm up the NFL draft talk because the Cowboys might have a top-five pick. The Cowboys had one last chance to climb back into the game late in the first half, but Marion Barber was stoned at the 1-yard line. Left tackle Doug Free was obliterated on the play and tackle-eligible Alex Barron staggered and fell down at the point of attack, which is a decent description of the Cowboys’ 2010 season.
Positives: Strong day for Cowboys punter Mat McBriar.
What’s next? The league will not allow the Cowboys to forfeit their final nine games, so this sad march will continue into Green Bay — on national television, I might add. This team has lost its star quarterback and on Sunday, its pride became the latest victim.The final indignity was seeing Kitna kneel to end the game.