Failure to launch: Early mistakes sink Cowboys



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Posted on October 29, 2012 at 12:47 AM

Updated Monday, Oct 29 at 12:08 PM

ARLINGTON — Don't let the Cowboys' dramatic, failed comeback attempt distract you... they lost Sunday's game to the New York Giants because of a failure to launch.

"You just have to make the plays when they're there," said Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, "you have to do the little things right.  In the beginning of the game we did not do the little things right."

Early mistakes kept recurring. They were the result of the Cowboys not being ready to play... and now even ultra-optimistic owner Jerry Jones is ready to admit his team has serious issues in the turnover department.

"Its the mistakes that will lose the ballgame," he said. "the big plays don't win games as much as the mistakes lose the ballgame."

The mistakes were mental — like Tony Romo and Dez Bryant not being on the same page for the first interception.

There were physical miscues, too. Romo's failed swing pass attempt — intercepted and returned for a touchdown by Jason Pierre-Paul — put the home team in a 23-0 hole that must have felt like a grave.

"You know, its just execution," said Romo, "Each play is going to have its own reason.  Its going to be one guy here, one guy there."

With four picks on the afternoon, Romo has now thrown 13 interceptions in seven games this season. That's three more than all off last year.

And he completely understands the fans' reaction to his third early pick. "I would have booed us, too," said the Cowboys' quarterback.

Head coach Jason Garrett predictably talked about his team's fight. But if they wouldn't make so many mistakes early, maybe it wouldn't take so much fight to win.

"It's to that point in the year where you don't have time, you know.  Nobody cares about battling; they don't," said tight end Jason Witten. "They want to see you win."

Turnovers tell the story again, and on the season, the Cowboys have now turned the ball over 19 times.

They've scored 14 touchdowns.

So, here's a scary thought with Halloween just around the corner — maybe that's just who they are.