Coming off a bye week for the past three seasons, the Dallas Cowboys have won their next game and then have gone on to put together some type of winning streak. With the Super Bowl being played in Dallas this year, the Cowboys were picked by some as a favorite to reach the Super Bowl in their own stadium.
Halt. Not so fast there Cowboy. Back home facing the Tennessee Titans and 2,000 yard rusher Chris Johnson, Dallas was in for a test. A test that they were more than confident going into. Sadly enough, the Cowboys didn't do their studying.
While Chris Johnson didn't go for 200 yards, he did go for 131 yards and scored two touchdowns. The key for Johnson's touchdowns was the fact that each came from only 1-yard out, and they both occurred after Dallas had turned the ball over.
Speaking of turnovers, Dallas had three, all coming off interceptions thrown by Tony Romo. While Tennessee did not turn the ball over a single time. As much as the interceptions hurt Dallas, so did the penalties. Dallas was flagged 12 times for 133 yards.
Whether the offense was rusty coming off a bye week or Tennessee simply outplayed them, Dallas must know that there is no more room for error. Big offensive numbers look very impressive when you win, but when you shoot yourself in the foot and cause your team to lose, teams take mental notes.
The Titans have now won their 11th straight game against a NFC team and improve their record to 3-2, while Dallas holds a record of 1-3. Being placed in the NFC East is something that hurts the Cowboys. Any 1-3 team is in trouble, but while playing in the East division, Dallas has no more room to lose.
Many people had Dallas going to the Super Bowl, whether they are fans or "experts" they recognized Dallas had tools. With that being said, Tennessee simply outplayed the Cowboys who need to turn their season around quickly. If they don't turn it around, the only bowl they might see, is the toilet.