Cowboys allow twice as many 200-yard receivers
Before this month, the Dallas Cowboys had allowed only two
receivers to gain 200 yards in a game in their 50-season history.
That total has doubled in two games.
Philadelphia’s DeSean Jackson and Indianapolis’ Reggie Wayne hit
the 200-yard mark in December.
”There’s no secret, let’s run over here and do this different
or play this different coverage,” cornerback Orlando Scandrick
said Wednesday. ”We just need to play better.”
Along with consecutive 200-yard receivers, the Cowboys have
given up at least 30 points in their last three games – one more
than all of last season.
The Cowboys (4-9), already guaranteed their first losing record
in six seasons, are ranked 27th in the NFL in pass defense, and
25th overall on defense going into the home finale Sunday against
Wayne had 14 catches for 200 yards in the Colts’ 38-35 home loss
to the Cowboys. His longest catch was for 40 yards.
Jackson needed only four receptions to gain 210 yards last week
against Dallas in Philadelphia’s 30-27 victory. He had a 60-yard
catch on the first play of the game, then turned a short pass into
a game-clinching 91-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter Sunday
”You’re behind the eight-ball when you give up a 90- and a
60-yarder,” Scandrick said. ”Stop giving up big plays.”
Before Wayne, it had been 37 years since Dallas allowed a
”We’ve just got to eliminate some critical errors that we had,
that’s it,” safety Gerald Sensabaugh said.
”Obviously, we don’t want a receiver catching 200 yards worth
of passes. We know that,” safety Alan Ball said. ”There’s no
magic to it, we’ve just got to execute.”
Harold Jackson had 238 yards receiving for the Los Angeles Rams
against the Cowboys on Oct. 14, 1973. The other 200-yard receiver
before this month was Chicago’s Johnny Morris with 201 on Nov. 18,
The Redskins feature Santana Moss, who in three of his five road
games against Dallas has at least 121 yards receiving. He did have
only five catches for 38 yards last year in the only one of those
games at Cowboys Stadium.
With most of the same players on the defensive unit that
finished in the top 10 overall last season, and ended the regular
season with consecutive shutouts for the only time in team history,
the Cowboys have already given up 366 points – 116 more than all of
The most points the Cowboys have ever given up in a season was
405 in 2004. This year’s team will have the dubious distinction of
breaking that if they allow 40 points or more over the next three
Six opponents have already scored at least 30 points against
Dallas. That includes Philadelphia, who they play again on the road
in the season finale Jan. 2, though Washington’s 13 points in the
season opener match the fewest against Dallas.
”Just because you have a car and it’s the same as another car,
it doesn’t mean they are both going to ride the same,” Scandrick
said. ”We’re not playing well. It doesn’t matter if it’s the same
names, different names. There’s no way to slice it, we’re not
playing well, not playing smart football.”