Cowboys turn it over five times in first half against Cardinals

By Sid Saraf,

God, we love the Cowboys. Sure, they haven’t made the playoffs in a few years, but they’re always entertaining.

Take Saturday, for instance. The Cowboys managed to be in midseason form by turning a preseason game against Arizona into a comedy of errors. By the time both teams went into the locker room at halftime, Dallas managed to accumulate five turnovers. That’s right, FIVE. Let’s recap all of them:

1. Dwayne Harris started by fumbling a punt. Stepfan Taylor recovered to give the Cardinals a first down at the Dallas 22-yard line. Five plays later, Jay Feely kicked a field goal.

2. Tony Romo threw a nice pass to Lance Dunbar for a 43-yard gain, but Dunbar coughed it up and Jasper Brinkley fell on it. First down, Arizona! Feely would eventually add another field goal.

3. On the next Cowboys’ possession, Romo connected with Dez Bryant on what should have been a nice gain into Cardinals territory, but Bryant had the ball stripped. Once again, Brinkley recovered.

4. Kyle Orton replaced Tony Romo on the the next drive. Guess what happened? Orton’s second pass was picked off by Jerraud Powers, giving the Cardinals the ball at Dallas’ 30-yard line. The Cowboys got bailed out when Feely pushed a field goal attempt wide right.

5. Orton struck again two possessions later when he was picked off by Tony Jefferson with less than a minute left in the second quarter.

If you’re counting at home, that’s four turnovers in five possessions and five overall. Amazingly, none were Tony Romo’s fault.



Backup QB Alex Tanney would round out the Dallas Turnover Machine with an interception late in the fourth quarter. That makes it six turnovers for the entire game.

It’s just preseason … but good lord, guys.

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