Bledsoe Must Turn It Around

One reason the Cowboys expected to finish strong down the stretch was because of their quarterback.

While he was a disappointment in Buffalo the last three years, Drew Bledsoe came to Dallas as the best Cowboys quarterback since Troy Aikman.

And coming off last week's NFC Player of the Week performance against the Chiefs, Bledsoe was expected to be an advantage for the Cowboys in their push to the playoffs.

But in Sunday's 35-7 blowout loss to the Redskins, Bledsoe was as much of a problem as his broken-down offensive line.

On the day, he accounted three interceptions and a fumble. All four of the turnovers led directly to Redskins touchdowns.

"I'm not really sure what to tell you," Bledsoe said. "I don't think anybody anticipated the game going that way at all. I expected more from our team, especially with what's on the line."

It's safe to say the Cowboys expected more from Bledsoe with everything that was on the line.

But he looked like former Buffalo quarterback who was too immobile to avoid the rush, who held on the ball too long and who committed turnovers when he tried to do too much instead of throwing the ball away.

Bledsoe's first pass of the day was indicative of the rest of the game: The ball was tipped and intercepted. He finished 16-of-29 for 153 yards, with one touchdown, three interceptions, seven sacks and one fumble.

"It doesn't matter who it is, you don't protect your quarterback, he's not going to be able to make the throws," Cowboys tight end Dan Campbell said.

What is certain is that Bledsoe has gotten worse as the season has gone on instead of the other way around. He has passed for less than 200 yards in five of the last eight games.

Seven of his 14 interceptions have come in the last three games. Now a team that looked a sure bet to make the playoffs at 7-3 has lost three of the last four games and is on the brink of playoff elimination.

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