Cowboys in a heap of trouble

MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:51 AM ET

Two games in and maybe it's time to re-jig those preseason predictions. At least rip up the old ones.

Two games in and it's hard to figure out which top-ranked team has stunk it up the worst, the Dallas Cowboys or the Minnesota Vikings?

But they are not alone. Other teams that failed to pass the sniff test in Week 2 are the Baltimore Ravens and Tennessee Titans.

While we're at it, perhaps they should start planning the victory route for the Houston Texans, who followed up their emotional victory over the Colts in the first week by downing the Redskins on their home field in overtime.

Does Houston QB Matt Schaub look line a winner or what?

The Ravens, meanwhile, earned some kudos for downing the Jets in their opener. Overlooked in the pile-on of the Jets loss was the fact that the Ravens scored just 10 points and on Sunday against the Bengals in Cincinnati, quarterback Joe Flacco was beyond pathetic.

Down in Nashville, the Titans were anything but and followed up their opening-week mugging of Oakland by coming up with perhaps one the most embarrassing days of coach Jeff Fisher's career as Tennessee committed seven turnovers in a 19-11 loss to the quarterback- vacant Steelers.

But of all the losses yesterday, the most enjoyable to a career Cowboyshater was the one inflicted by the Jay Cutler-led Bears.

The 'Boys are now 0-2 and the dreams of owners Jerry Jones to have his team play at his $1-billion palace come February in the 45th Super Bowl are quickly turning to dust.

Cutler, Chicago's rifle-armed quarterback, had a great day (21- for-29 for 277 yards and three touchdowns) against the Dallas secondary which took a hit when Mike Jenkins, its best cornerback, left the game with a knee injury. If he's gone for any period of time, look out.

On the other side, Tony Romo had a second consecutive less-than- stellar game. On the day, he was 34-for-51 for 374 yards with one touchdown. But he also threw two interceptions and, unlike Cutler, couldn't make the big play when he needed it most.

"It's frustrating. We've got to do things better and figure it out in a hurry," said Romo following the loss.

So now it's regroup time in Dallas, which travels to Houston for an interstate game next Sunday. It may prove to be a tough place to get things turned around.

Now, just how bitter would Jones be if Houston made it to the Super Bowl? That's a thought worth savouring.

NO CRASH LANDING

In his second season after the second week, New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez may indeed be the second coming.

Coach Rex Ryan and the Jets organization pushed a lot of chips on the youthful Sanchez and his ability to lead the Jets, not only into the playoffs but into the Super Bowl.

Following a disappointing loss last week in their opener against Baltimore, more their reliance on Sanchez looked to be like so much surrounding the Jets this season-- a lot of hot air.

The Jets did a great job of cranking up the hype leading into this season, most of it coming from the mouth of Ryan, and a lot of media bought the package.

In their loss to Baltimore, the Jets plan regarding Sanchez was to keep him totally under wraps, not throw down the field, not make any mistakes. The end result was that Sanchez went 10-for-21 for an embarrassing 74 yards.

But then came Sunday's game against the Patriots and Sanchez looked nothing like the deer in the headlights player of a week earlier.

This game coach Ryan let him play and the kid came through.

JUST A THOUGHT

Is it any wonder that the Jets would be a team that is accused of juvenile, boorish and sexist behaviour regarding a knockout blonde wearing ultra-tight clothing when their owner's name is Woody?

mike.rutsey@sunmedia.ca


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