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Cowboys can run but not hide

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Before the Cowboys suffered their epic collapse on Sunday against the Packers they had shown great balance and effectiveness.  In the first half Dallas ran for 93 yards on just 11 plays, each a carry by DeMarco Murray. The Packers' defense had no answer and the effective mix of run and pass allowed Tony Romo to have a spectacular first half and allowed the Cowboys to build a 26-3 lead.

But in the second half, the play-calling led to just seven runs while Tony Romo threw the ball 21 times.  That's more than Matt Flynn threw in the second half when the Packers were trying to come back when trailing by more than three touchdowns.  Romo eventually threw two late interceptions that allowed Green Bay to score the winning touchdown and then seal the Packers 37-36 win.

The television commentators were surprised by the play calling and the Packers themselves said after the game they were surprised, but many said if the Cowboys wanted to give it to them, they'd take it.

While team owner and general manager Jerry Jones remained a staunch supporter of Romo and his team's "aggressive" play calling, head coach Jason Garrett finally admitted what most people were asking him about.  If the team had to do it again, it would probably run the ball more.

It will be interesting to see what, if anything the Cowboys have learned when they play in Washington on Sunday.  If Dallas wins Sunday then the Cowboys will play for the division title and a playoff berth a week later at home against the Eagles.

 

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