Monday, September 28, 2020

McCarthy, Cowboys lament mistakes in loss: 'We're not a clean football team right now'

The fear coming into Sunday’s game in Seattle was that Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson would continue his early MVP campaign with a lights-out air assault on a shaky Dallas secondary.


Although Wilson did notch five touchdown throws- and missed out on a sixth only because of a boneheaded gaffe by his young wide receiver- Cowboys players and coaches chose instead to pin the 38-31 loss squarely on themselves. There were some big numbers in the Week 3 contest, to be sure, but it was the little things that doomed Dallas at CenturyLink Field.

It was a day that saw one quarterback toss five touchdowns and the other rack up 472 yards. It was a day that featured four 100-yard receivers: one team’s steady-handed star found the end zone three times; the other team had a two-score surprise performance from one of its benchwarmers. A defensive end who was out of football for five years had three sacks. Those kinds of highlight-reel narratives normally tell the story of a game.

But the moments that stick in the collective craw of Cowboys fans this week will be not the big body blows, but the barrage of paper cuts. The missed extra point. The blocked PAT. The muffed kick return (after a Seattle touchdown) that put the offense on its own one-yard line and promptly turned into a safety.

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