Frustration growing in Dallas ahead of annual Thanksgiving game

Swing State 3 plays epitomized Cowboys rough loss to Patriots

Swing State 3 plays epitomized Cowboys rough loss to Patriots

"So just as I should and do expect our fans to want to ask in a situation like that questions regarding how we perform, it's very much within my realm, purview if you will, to basically not only be standing there as owner but be standing there as a general manager who put the staff together to begin with".

The penalty occurred with just under 2 minutes to play.

The first was called on LT Tyron Smith, derailing a drive that ended in a blocked punt.

With Garrett readying the Cowboys for Thursday's Thanksgiving showdown against the 8-3 Bills, the coach said Monday there is always room for improvement.

The game itself wasn't even that great, with the Patriots winning 13-9 thanks to good defense, bad weather and some questionable game management by Jason Garrett.

Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman, a three-time Super Bowl victor for Cowboys, didn't hesitate to question it as the Fox television analyst.

Jones did not hide his frustration at how the Sunday game turned out for his team, noting that they needed the W more than the Patriots do.

When combining records, those teams have a few more wins than losses, and none of them are now projected to make the playoffs in their respective conferences. The point is, it should have never come to that. Missed calls are becoming a weekly topic across National Football League cities. With Jones having made his thoughts clear about Dallas' championship-level roster, a playoff victory isn't likely to save the head coach, either. This season, it will be the Buffalo Bills coming to Texas to take on the Cowboys in a big game for both teams.

In Boston, the game drew a 42.6 household rating and 67 market share in Boston, which gave it the Patriots' highest local rating since the Patriots-Broncos matchup in Week 12 of the 2015 season. With so many people watching this game between division leaders that are two of the most recognizable franchises in North American sports shouldn't have an outcome of a game influenced by poor officiating. Yes, the coaching could have been better throughout.

The Cowboys beat themselves, make no mistake, but when they had an opportunity to overcome their self-inflicted deficit, the officials denied them the chance.

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