Tuesday, June 5, 2012

APR's top 25 regular season upsets: #11

#11: 2008 Week 7: Cowboys 14, Rams 34 (ρ=1.3152)
Cowboys' season: finished 9-7, and out of the playoffs.
Rams' season: finished 2-14. Head coach Scott Linehan was fired 4 games into the season.
What happened: little, if anything went right for the Cowboys in this game. QB Tony Romo had an injured finger, so backup Brad Johnson started for the Cowboys. In spite of facing an epically bad defense (only the 0-16 Lions gave up more points than the Rams in 2008), Johnson had a miserable game. He complete just 50% of his passes, threw 3 interceptions, and was sacked 3 times.
Johnson and the offense didn't get any help from their defense, either. In spite of facing one of the league's worst offenses (only the 4-11-1 Bengals scored fewer points in 2008), the Cowboys couldn't find a way to stop them.
Also of note: the Cowboys are the second losing team on this list (along with the 2000 Steelers at #22) not to make the playoffs. This is also the game with the widest point margin, and the only one more than +13 points.
I also wrote about this game in the 2008 Week 7 pick results, as well as 2008's top 10 Upsets.

Next week: the Rams again, with their only appearance on the losing side of an upset (for this list, anyway).