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
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.
Bledsoe Must Turn It Around
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