What Went Wrong, No. 5: Poor starts
Stephen Brashear/Getty ImagesThe Cowboys' three disastrous opening drives in Week 2 at Seattle included a blocked punt, and Dallas found itself down 10-0 early on.
In Week 2 at Seattle, the Cowboys fumbled the opening kickoff, allowed a blocked punt return for a touchdown and had an interception on their first three drives, which led to a 10-0 deficit and 27-7 loss.
In Week 4 against Chicago, the Cowboys found themselves down 24-10 thanks to interception returns for touchdowns by Charles Tillman and Lance Briggs.
In Week 8 against the New York Giants, they trailed 23-0 thanks in part to two interceptions, including a 28-yard pick-six by Jason Pierre-Paul.
On Thanksgiving, the Cowboys allowed 28 second-quarter points, falling behind by 25 at halftime against Washington.
For a team that had little margin for error, the poor starts were too much to overcome and played a big part in why the Cowboys finished 8-8 for the second straight year.
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