There are still 11 games left in the NFL season, but the Cowboys won’t be a part of them. The focus at Valley Ranch now shifts to the 2014 season.
Before the preparation for free agency and the NFL draft begin, however, let’s take a look back at 2013. The Cowboys submitted their third consecutive 8-8 record, but that didn’t come without some fireworks and a few forgettable moments.
The staff of DallasCowboys.com – Nick Eatman, Bryan Broaddus, Rowan Kavner and David Helman – was on hand for all 16 games. Through another up-and-down season, let’s see what we learned between Sept. 8 and Dec. 29.
Game 5 – Denver:
Man, what didn’t we learn about this game? Ok well, we learned this offense CAN open it up and score some points with anyone. Of course, that became the benchmark for the entire season. Any time the offense struggled, it was always something like, ‘well, open it up like the Denver game.” ... Against the Broncos we learned
Romo’s greatest game, can still end with an unfortunate interception … And we also learned that late-game picks in 2013 will be behind the receiver. Romo’s pass was behind
Game 6 – Washington:
I wasn’t even sure if
Game 7 – at Philadelphia:
We thought we’d found out Nick Foles wasn’t a consistent or stunning quarterback, but what we really found out was as poor as the Cowboys’ defense had been all season, it still pestered the Eagles’ offense, which struggled against the Dallas front. The Cowboys held the Eagles to just three points in a 17-3 win, marking the only time all year Philadelphia failed to score a touchdown and the first time since 2009 the Cowboys kept a team out of the end zone. Those performances would be few and far between for this
defense. The Cowboys also learned they lost some dynamism in the backfield with Murray out.
Game 8 – at Detroit Lions
This is where I felt like that
scared and instead of battling Johnson like he battled Pierre Garcon, he allowed Johnson to take the fight to him down after down. It didn’t matter what route Johnson ran that afternoon in Detroit, Carr wasn’t even in the same area code. What was so disappointing to me after the game was how upset Carr was after the final Lions touchdown coming off the field and yelling at the coaches where is if had just played with that type of fire the entire game, the outcome could have been different. Corners need to play with a short memory and for Brandon Carr that was a game that affected him the remainder of the season, which was a shame. – Bryan Broaddus