Cowboys Lose 28-17 to 49ers

In a game marred by uneven play and silly officiating the Dallas Cowboys gave away the ball and their chances to win against the 49ers. The final score was 28-17 but in truth the game was over with San Francisco leading 21-3 at the end of the first quarter.

A DeMarco Murray fumble on the first drive that was recovered and run back for a touchdown, followed by an ugly Romo interception that was returned to the 1 yard line to kill the third drive did most of the work in ruining the Cowboys day.  In between the Cowboys defense gave up 80 yards on 3 plays in just a minute twenty eight seconds capped with a Vernon Davis touchdown catch.

From there the Cowboys defense settled in a bit. In truth the offense was directly responsible for giving up 14 of the 28 points. The much talked about linebacking group played much better than expected as the three starting backers finished 1,2,3 on the team in tackles. The defense only allowed 3 plays of 20 or more yards, including 2 back to back on the horrible first defensive series. A case could be made that the 49ers were trying to control the clock, but they lost the time of possession and rushing yard battles.

It was the Cowboys offense that failed them in this game. Really, that means Tony Romo failed them. With the game still available to them, Romo threw bad picks on three straight drives. One in the end zone trying to force a ball into Jason Witten. The really puzzling thing is that on two of the interceptions Romo had receivers running free elsewhere. Tony was bad, Twitter was calling for Brandon Weeden, and we where wondering allowed whether Jason Garrett would be able to out play Romo. The Romo mistakes costs the Cowboys their first half chances and by the time the Cowboys offense got back on track midway through the third quarter, it was too little too late. If you look at the games stat comparison from, you’ll see the only real difference in this game was the turnovers. Romo cost this team the game. And while it would be a shock to see this bad a Tony Romo all year, if we do, the results will be similar.


Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs 19 26
Passing 1st downs
11 14
Rushing 1st downs
6 8
1st downs from penalties
2 4
3rd down efficiency
7-12 5-9
4th down efficiency
0-0 1-1
Total Plays 54 63
Total Yards 319 382
Yards per play 5.9 6.1
Total Drives 9 10
Passing 192 255
16-23 23-37
Yards per pass
8.0 6.4
Interceptions thrown
0 3
Sacks-Yards Lost
1-9 3-26
Rushing 127 127
Rushing Attempts
30 23
Yards per rush
4.2 5.5
Red Zone (Made-Att) 2-3 2-4
Penalties 11-80 10-72
Turnovers 0 4
Fumbles lost
0 1
Interceptions thrown
0 3
Defensive / Special Teams TDs 1 0
Possession 28:36 31:24




Strained Hammy Podcast: #72

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On this week’s edition of the show:

VMA quick-hit: I can’t walk up my apartment’s stairs without being out of breath; why do we expect singers to sing perfectly while dancing?

Cowboys’ Dress Rehearsal Talk

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Talk that somehow morphs into talk about bad husband habits

Mark’s recent experiences with three different companies’ Customer Service telephone lines, and how to easily cancel service without the service provider putting up a fight.

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Strained Hammy Podcast: #71

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Topics discussed on this week’s podcast:

Travis poses a hypothetical that catches Mark off guard:

The Cowboys and Ravens played a game that didn’t count – what were our impressions?

FC Dallas’ biggest margin of victory in an away game behind an Akindele hat trick and a brace from Castillo.

Sports gear talk – which team has the best threads in D/FW

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On this week’s show:

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How the Cowboys looked vs. San Diego (or at least the Cowboys that played),

Travis’ live reaction to the news of Orlando Scandrick’s suspension.

FC Dallas’ hot streak, Landon Donovan’s retirement, and our Everton-heavy Premier League preview.

Our reaction to the news of Robin Williams’ death and Tony Stewart’s culpability in the death of Kevin Ward, Jr.


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Strained Hammy Podcast: Episode 69

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Topics discussed on the show:

Grandmas using Redbox

What we were able to see of the Cowboys Blue and White Scrimmage

Tyron Smith’s deal, Dan Bailey’s deal, and what a deal for Dez should look like.

Why Matt Novak was wrong but ultimately right about Idiocracy.

The most enjoyable movie of the summer of 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy.


Tyron Smith’s 110 Million is a Steal

Jerry Jones may have finally signed a contract that makes some sense.  23 year old Pro Bowl left tackle Tyron Smith may briefly be able to claim he is the highest paid tackle in football, but the truth is that Dallas got a hell of a bargain here.

In Todd Archers breakdown of the contract on ESPN.COM it is explained that all 40 million dollars of Smith’s guaranteed money will be paid by the end of the 2017 season. Meaning the Cowboys can cut Smith at anytime in the last 7 years of the deal with no negative cap ramifications.  Choosing to sign Smith now, 2 years before his contract was up, allows Dallas to set the market on tackles before the salary cap goes up each of the next two seasons, and the length of the deal secures Tyron at what looks like it will be a non elite salary number until age 32.

Basically, if Tyron Smith’s play falls off at any time after his 26th birthday, the Cowboys can get out of the deal, but Smith is committed to the team through his prime at a number that should be out of the top 5 paid tackles in football in less than 3 years time. By the time Smith would normally be up for another deal in 2018 or 19 with Smith still in his 20’s, it is conceivable that top end tackles are signing for upwards of 15 million dollars per year.

If Smith does as Stephen Jones said he thinks he will and plays out the contract for the Cowboys, Dallas saves between 16 and 20 million dollars.

Former Cowboy Jesse Holley’s take on the deal

Just for perspective,, put up a mostly CBA but also Cowboys and Tyron Smith’s agent blasting piece about how big a bargain this deal is for Dallas.

For my money, or more for Jerry Jones’ money, Tyron Smith made the choice to give him self long term security with 40 million dollars guaranteed, and in making that choice allowed the Cowboys his services at a premium discount. Smith gets rich and the Jones’ get richer.

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Things mentioned on today’s podcast: Gabriel Agbonlahor, a guy with a Foldger’s can head, trading Yu Darvish, Dez’s Bryant situational awareness, every local sports radio show talk host of note, Gerry Fraley, and finally, afternoon sex with cartoons.

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