Dallas chokes in Detroit, NFC East up for grabs

Dallas chokes in Detroit, NFC East up for grabs
October 27, 2013, 4:45 pm
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RG3: 'Our division is still wide open'

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) looks to the sidelines during the first quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field.

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Dallas continues to find new ways to suffer demoralizing losses. Today's came in Detroit and at the hands of quarterback Matt Stafford.

Detroit got the ball with about a minute left and trailing 30-24. The Lions marched down the field with good work from Stafford and a deep pass to receiver Calvin Johnson, who was tackled at the one-yard line. Stafford faked a spike to stop the clock and then simply reached the ball into the end zone. Stafford's score came with less than 20 seconds remaining. 

Stafford scored the game winner, but Johnson dominated the game, grabbing 14 catches for 329 yards and a touchdown. He simply could not be stopped.

Dallas receiver Dez Bryant also had a big day, with three catches for 72 yards and a pair of touchdowns. But with the Cowboys penchant for drama, Bryant delivered in that department too, highlighted by a screaming rant on the sideline directed at his quarterback Tony Romo, as well as coaches, other teammates and anyone else within ear shot. 

The Detroit loss follows a trend for Dallas. The nation saw Romo throw a late interception in a shootout with Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos, which lead to a brutal Cowboys loss earlier in October. 

The loss drops the Cowboys to 4-4 on the season, and while that is good enough to lead the NFC East, it is not a strong record. The Philadelphia Eagles sit in second in the division, but with Michael Vick out, the Eagles look anything but dangerous. By starting the season 0-6, the Giants may have too deep a hole to contend, even with two straight wins.

In short, the Redskins can still compete for the NFC East if they can put together a stretch of winning football.

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