The Dallas Cowboys played one of their best games of the 2012 NFL regular season against the Atlanta Falcons and still lost. It's a familiar script for Cowboys fans, watching an offense splutter for a good three-and-a-half quarters until finally moving the ball against a defense that went into full-on prevent mode late in the fourth quarter.
Head coach Jason Garrett and quarterback Tony Romo have taken turns being punching bags for the media and fans alike when it comes to the pronounced struggles Dallas has had on the offensive side of the ball, and for good reason.
Rob Ryan's defense is much improved over the 2011 version thanks in large part to the additions of cornerbacks Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne. The man responsible for making those additions, owner and general manager Jerry Jones, still thinks this team can compete for a championship, and with only one team with a winning record remaining on the Cowboys' schedule, there's every chance the Cowboys could claw their way back into playoff contention over the course of the second half of the season.
But the fact remains that this team remains wildly inconsistent and seemingly incapable of closing games out or of beating the better teams it has to face.
In the video above, my colleagues Josh Zekle, Matt Miller and I give our two cents on who we think bears the most responsibility for the Cowboys' struggles. Let us know in the comments below if you agree or disagree with our takes or if there's someone we've failed to mention.