This Weekend in NFL Stupid highlights the dumbest moments and decisions in football throughout the season. Coming out of Week 5, we’re focusing on the shockingly bad and cowardly decision the Dallas Cowboys made in overtime Sunday night in Houston.

The stupidest of the stupid

You probably already know what happened. And you know it was stupid. Fourth-and-1 at the Houston 42-yard line, midway through overtime, game still tied at 16. And Jason Garrett decides to punt.

It was cowardly because Garrett was essentially playing for the tie, stupid because he’s got a tremendous offensive line, the league’s most productive running back and there was little risk associated with going for it under those circumstances.

Ryan Wilson of CBS Sports notes that Dallas’ win probability dropped from 51.7 percent to 47.7 percent the moment the ball was punted.

But the truly stupid aspect of this whole thing was Garrett’s justification.

The obvious criticism is that Garrett displayed a lack of confidence in his offense. His defense, essentially, was that he was actually displaying confidence in his defense.

“The way our defense was playing,” he said afterwards, “the idea was to pin them down there.”

That still suggests he was playing for the tie, not the win, which is shameful. But more importantly, if Garrett truly was confident his defense could make a quick stop on the ensuing possession, why wouldn’t he just go for it? Instead, Garrett sacrificed a chance to extend a potential game-winning drive in order to buy that defense 32 yards.

At that point, the Cowboys deserved to lose. And they did.

It was one of the stupidest decisions and rationalizations of the 2018 NFL season.

Lightning round

They’d end up turning it over on downs inside the Tennessee red zone. The sneak gained just one yard, and the challenge wouldn’t have been successful.

Why, Ben? Why?

Why, Marcus? Why?

Roughing the passer still ain’t right.

Final stupid word

Locked in a low-scoring battle with the Cleveland Browns, the Baltimore Ravens panicked and completely ditched the running game. Alex Collins rushed four times for 42 yards in the first 18 minutes but received just eight carries the rest of the day while quarterback Joe Flacco dropped back to throw a ridiculous 60 times.

Gotta be calmer — and smarter — than that, Marty Mornhinweg. And that’s something that happens all too often in this league.

Relax, guys!

About Brad Gagnon

Brad Gagnon has been passionate about both sports and mass media since he was in diapers -- a passion that won't die until he's in them again. Based in Toronto, he's worked as a national NFL blog editor at, a producer and writer at theScore Television Network and a host, reporter and play-by-play voice at Rogers TV. His work has also appeared at, Deadspin,, The Guardian, The Hockey News and elsewhere at Comeback Media, but his day gig has him covering the NFL nationally for Bleacher Report.