Cowboys Blown out by Rams, Fall to 4-3

Phillip SchmitzContributor IOctober 20, 2008

First came the lost to the Arizona Cardinals. Then Tony Romo was out for four weeks with a broken pinkie, and the NFL suspended Adam "Pacman" Jones for at least four weeks. The only good news for the Cowboys this week was trading to get Roy E. Williams from the Lions.

In a week when the Cowboys' stock was up and down like the Wall Street stock, the Rams added another drop in their market. Could Monday be the beginning of a black week?


The Cowboys looked good in their first drive, but then the St. Louis Rams scored 34 unanswered points and led 34-7 before Dallas scored on their final drive of the game. The Rams scored on big plays and by cashing in on Cowboys turnovers.

Cowboys backup QB Brad Johnson threw three interceptions, and Marion Barber III fumbled once. The Rams scored 10 points off of Dallas turnovers. The Rams also took apart the Cowboys' defense. The Rams were able to move the ball by passing in the Dallas secondary, and Steven Jackson ran for 160 yards and three TDs.

On offense, Dallas struggled after their first drive. Marion Barber rushed for 100 yards, but fumbled once. Brad Johnson threw for 234 yards and a TD score, but threw three costly interceptions. Roy Williams, who Dallas traded three draft picks for, didn't have a catch. Terrell Owens had only two catches for 31 yards. Owens hasn't had a 100-yard game since week 14 of last year.

Wade Phillips looked like a coach whose dog just got run over. He was dejected, and at times speechless on how the Cowboys were able to play this bad. The Cowboys haven't played up to their potential since week three against the Packers.

Since week three, the Cowboys are 1-3, and their only win was against the Bengals, who they barely had to hold off. Phillips could very well be playing for his job very soon if he doesn't get this team in the right direction. The Cowboys have the talent, but they haven't had execution on both offense and defense. That is the coach's fault.

So where does Dallas go from here? They are a 4-3 team but easily could be 2-5. They now go to tough stretch of games against the Buccaneers, Giants, and then the Redskins with a bye week between the Giants and the Redskins. The three teams have a combined record of 15-5.

In my mind, these next three games could decide their season. If they can win at least two of these games, then they are sitting pretty good. However, if they lose two or even all three games, then go ahead and burn your playoff tickets. There is no way they will make the playoffs by just making it to .500. 

"I'm angry, disappointed, and embarrassed," said Phillips, talking to the media in a post-game news conference.