Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys Must Learn from Ugly Loss to Seahawks

Michael SaenzContributor IIISeptember 17, 2012

SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 16: Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys sits on the bench during a game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on September 16, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)
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Overreaction Monday is always a sight to see, but when it comes to the Cowboys, it is taken to a whole new level. 

Yes, it way ugly. Pathetic even, according to some fans. Maybe one of the worst games that we've seen Dallas play in a few years, but ultimately the 'Boys need to be able to look back at the 27-7 throttling at the hands of Seattle as being "the game". The game that changed everything. The game that helped Dallas turn the corner. 

Everything that could've gone wrong for them did. Heck, the first play of the game was a turnover. They also had a punt blocked and Tony Romo had his usual "why are you throwing that" moment. Dez Bryant and Jason Witten were dropping everything that touched their hands, and the defense was manhandled during the second half. Bad. Bad. Bad. 

But just like 15 seconds into yesterday's game, it's over. Time to move on. 

Bryant and Witten will be fine, probably just a glitch in their careers. I highly doubt that the special teams is going to fumble and allow a blocked punt in the same game again, so that will solve itself. We also shouldn't overlook the fact that Dallas was coming off the high of beating the Super Bowl champs. Not to mention that the Seahawks are pretty good defensively. 

It's really time for this Cowboys team to grow up and do things they haven't—to win while being considered a serious contender. In order to do that they need to learn from games like these. The only question is whether they can. They have yet to show that they can with this core group.

But ultimately, I believe that this loss is far more humbling than any that the Cowboys have experienced in years and that it will help them more than hurt. Coming into the season, as the hype grew after knocking off the Giants with some ease, you would expect at team like the Cowboys to experience a letdown at some point during the season.

But when the Seahawks dominate you in that manner, it has an even greater effect, one that can change the course of a season.

Going forward is where it gets real interesting, though. Next week we'll really see where the Cowboys stand and what they're made of. After a loss like Sunday's, teams can either fall into a never ending spiral that leads to a top-10 pick in the 2013 NFL Draft or look back and say...yeah, that was the game.