Teams that let early opportunities slip away may regret it later on. Football is just 16 games, so more so than most sports, each and every game counts. Losing a single game can be devastating for a team and can make the difference between playing in January and being at home to watch the bowl games.

Some NFL teams that were expected to do well this season had losses this past weekend that may come back to bite them big-time later on. Both the Jets and Cowboys lost games that many felt they should have won.

Let's start with Dallas first. The team has had a ton of distractions and injuries. They have lost Adam "Pacman" Jones to an off-the-field incident, and Tony Romo is relegated to the backup role with a broken finger. Roy Williams broke his leg yesterday, and T.O. has not been getting the kind of touches that will make him happy. All this spelled a 34-14 drubbing by the lowly Rams, a team that is likely going to be in the sweepstakes for the top pick in the draft next season.

Out in Oakland, the Jets fell to my former team, the silver and black. The Raiders, under a new head coach, fought hard and kept the Jets in check until the final minutes in regulation, when the Jets managed to kick a game-tying field goal with just seconds left. The Raiders intercepted Favre in the end zone earlier in the game and held him to less than 200 yards passing and no touchdowns. In all, they picked him off twice -- the second coming late in the fourth quarter.

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