Cowboys vs. Seahawks: Dallas Shows a Familar Side in Blowout Loss

Manik AggarwalCorrespondent ISeptember 16, 2012

SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 16:  Linebacker Malcolm Smith #53 of the Seattle Seahawks upends punter Chris Jones #6 of the Dallas Cowboys after blocking his punt at CenturyLink Field on September 16, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. Jeron Johnson recoverd the fumble and returned it for a touchdown.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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Here we go again.

Sunday's game against the Seattle Seahawks was deemed as a trap game for the Dallas Cowboys. After a huge win in Week 1 against the New York Giants and their home opener scheduled next week, the Cowboys' Week 2 game did not sneak onto the schedule. Seattle is a solid team and is regarded as one of the best home teams in the NFL, but it was assumed that it would not matter as Dallas was supposed to roll in with the momentum and talent to win another road game.

Then, the game started.

Felix Jones, arguably the worst player in recent Cowboys history, fumbled the ball on the opening snap. The following possession ended in a blocked punt that was returned for a touchdown. Dallas' third possession was a microcosm of Romo’s career as the quarterback eluded defenders, made the impossible throws and ultimately capped off the drive with an interception. Regardless of the miscues, Dallas was still within striking distance in the first half.

Much to the dismay of Cowboys fans, the second half showed what this team is capable of doing. The offense sputtered and the defense looked completely out of sync throughout the final two quarters.

The beauty of the NFL is that a big win against a rival holds the same value as an ordinary win against anyone else, just as a heartbreaking loss holds the same value as a blowout loss. Prior to Sunday's game, Dallas knew that the Giants and the Philadelphia Eagles had already secured remarkable comeback wins and that the Washington Redskins were expected to beat the St. Louis Rams. The stage was set for the NFC East to sweep the weekend and to have the Cowboys tied atop the division.

Instead, Dallas simply got beat. The coaches were outcoached, the players were outperformed and the excitement of a huge Week 1 win got to them.

Here we go again, Dallas fans. Only time will tell how the Cowboys respond next week in their home opener against Tampa, but one thing that is certain is that Dallas cannot be trusted. This team needs to move forward with the headstrong mentality that Jason Garrett preaches and be ready for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers next week.