Consecutive games against last year’s Super Bowl teams, New Orleans on Thanksgiving Day and then at Indianapolis, start a closing six-game stretch against five opponents that won at least 10 games and went to the playoffs last season. The other team in that span is Washington, which has already beaten the Cowboys this season.
Tony Romo was 34 of 51 passing for 374 yards and a touchdown against the Bears, Miles Austin caught 10 passes for 142 yards and rookie Dez Bryant returned a punt 62 yards for a TD.
But the Cowboys sacked turnover-prone Jay Cutler only once, on the second play of the game, and didn’t have an interception. That’s zero forced turnovers in two games, plus David Buehler has missed field goals in both games, hooking a 44-yarder in the fourth quarter Sunday that would tied the game.
“Definitely, I’m shocked. We wanted to be better than that and we’re going to be better, and we’re going to execute better and it’s going to be a lot more fun ahead,” Igor Olshansky said. “We could win every game from now on and none of these games would matter. And we have that ability that we can do that. I think we’re going to win a lot of games. I know we are.”
With many of the same players, Dallas overcame a 2-2 start last season for an 11-5 mark that won the NFC East.
While the Cowboys are the only 0-2 team in the NFC East right now, the other three division teams are all 1-1.
Newman also brought up the possibility of there being a lack of intensity in practice. He said players had to “crack down” and change that, though Phillips said he didn’t consider that a widespread problem.
Phillips acknowledged, however, that he was looking at personnel and evaluating what the Cowboys was doing because they “need to change the track we’re on.” The coach would never get specific about what changes might be made.
“When you’re 0-2, you start looking for all the answers. Rightfully so,” tight end Jason Witten said. “You have to look at each other. You have to find out why you’re not executing, why you’re not playing well enough to win. … I don’t think it can be a wakeup call. It’s bigger than that. We have to play our best football. “