For the past week, I’ve been telling you just how bad the St. Louis Rams are as a football team. I’ve told you that they were a team without a heart. For the better part of a month I’ve told you not to worry about the final week of the season, because the Cowboys would easily handle the Rams. I was wrong.
No, I don’t believe I was wrong with my assessment of the Rams. I was wrong with my assessment of the Cowboys.
If you are a Dallas Cowboy, shame on you. Yes, you had nothing to play for but neither did the Rams. Last week I wrote about the Rams having no heart. I was wrong. After watching the game, I think it is fairly clear which team had no heart.
If you are a Cowboy fan you can be truly embarrassed. The Cowboys showed no energy, no spark and no desire. And they were playing against a team that had given up 8 weeks ago and was just trying to finish out the season. Horrendous! Simply horrendous!
This club sucked tonight and should be ashamed of itself. The performance against the Rams was simply unacceptable. The Rams are not a good football team. But the Cowboys made the Rams look unbeatable.
The Rams beat the Cowboys by 10 points and it could have been worse…much worse. One Rams field goal attempt hits the upright, another falls short after the most bogus intentional grounding call I’ve ever seen. The Cowboys were simply never in this game.
And, I’m not buying the “…we were deflated because Washington and Carolina wrapped up the final two playoff berths” excuse. That excuse is the leavings of a large farm animal.
If anything, the Cowboys should have been motivated to finish out strong and prove that they were a worthy playoff contender. Instead they proved that they belonged with the also-rans. They proved that they were no better than any other team in the middle of the pack.
The Cowboys offensive line made the Rams defense look like the ’85 Bears or the 2000 Ravens. Julius Jones gains 35 yards on 15 carries and he had a 28 yarder. Think about that. In his other 14 carries Jones went 7 yards. That’s ½ a yard per carry.
Drew Bledsoe completes 18 of 39 for 242 yards. He throws for 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions. He also gets sacked 5 times and loses a fumble.
As Bill Parcells always says, “…you are what you are…” Well, the Cowboys are now a 9-7 team that couldn’t beat what I believe is one of the worst teams in the league.