Even the most hopeful fans cannot ignore the fact that all things ends here for the Dallas Cowboys after a very disheartening defeat Saturday night. The players found themselves in a rough situation as they tried to outstrip the Jets but unfortunately, they failed to hold a lead which resulted to an upsetting 19-16 loss.
Dropping to a record of 4-10, the Cowboys are now officially out of the playoff picture. As a result, there are no more reasons for the club to keep Tony Romo off the IR list.
Quarterback Matt Cassel made the start but Jason Garrett realized that he was not efficient enough to handle the task and so, they called on Kellen Moore to replace him in the second quarter. Cassel played for four series and completed just 3 of his 8 passes for 37 yards. During the game, the veteran quarterback was sacked once and also recorded his seventh interception of the season.
Backup QB Kellen Moore impressed the fans in his NFL debut. Despite his lack of experience, Moore did some moves that ignited the Cowboys offense toward a half-time lead. He threw a 10-yard TD pass to Dez Bryant late in the second quarter. The former Boise State star quarterback finished with 158 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions on 15-of-25 passing.
Aside from Moore, some other players are also worth a mention including RB Darren McFadden. He produced his fifth 100-plus-yards rushing game of the season as he carried the ball 16 times for 100 yards with 33 yards as the longest.
Dallas Cowboys’ defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence did a good job too, after attaining his seventh sack for the year and his sixth in the last six games. Dez Bryant turned out excellent as well, leading the wide receiver corps with 50 yards on four catches and a touchdown.
The offensive attack lit up the field for quite a while with Kellen Moore behind center and Dallas defense played well for most of the night. However, the D-line failed to get a stop in the last quarter that could have helped the team close out the game. Jet’s wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins caught a 43-yard pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick and successfully escaped from Cowboys’ cornerback Byron Jones’ coverage. Randy Bullock had an easy opportunity to strike a game-winning field goal that led the New York Jets to their ninth victory this season.