The Dallas Cowboys opened their 2014 NFL preseason schedule with a devastating 27-7 loss last Thursday night to the San Diego Chargers. But Cowboys fans can take solace in knowing a large number of starters were held out of the game. And the ultimate outcome most likely had little in common with the team Dallas intends to field come the regular season. Still, there seems to be some cause for concern.
For instance, the Cowboys defense allowed the Chargers to gain nearly 400 yards of offense Thursday night. Last year’s version of this defense allowed an averaged 415.3 yards per game, the worst in the league. It was not the most auspicious debut for a squad retooled in the offseason with youth. But also plagued by injury and dreadfully lacking in experience.
Offensively, Dallas struggled to put points on the board. This despite ranking 16th in overall offensive yards last season. But that probably has more to do with Dallas sitting their primary offensive weapons, breaking in a new passing game coordinator in Scott Linehan, and the vanilla play-calling than anything else.
Again, this is only the preseason. And only the first game. But would you attribute Thursday’s loss as being more of a fluke or a reality check about the immediate future of this team? Please place your vote and feel free to add to the discussion by expounding on your answer in our comments section below.