Following an embarrassing 42-17 defeat at the hands of the Denver Broncos on Sunday, here are five Dallas Cowboys players whose stock is falling in Big “D”.
After the Dallas Cowboys big win over their NFC East rivals, the New York Giants in Week One, it appear that America’s Team was back on the winning track that allowed them to go 13-3 last season.
But on Sunday, the Denver Broncos gave the Cowboys a reality check via a 42-17 thrashing. Shutting down Dallas’ running game, the Broncos have now given every other NFL team a blueprint on how to defeat them. And that’s bad news for the Cowboys.
Offensively, Denver’s defense was able to limit last year’s league leader in rushing yardage, running back Ezekiel Elliott, to only eight yards on the ground on nine carries. It was the worst performance in Zeke’s young career.
The Bronco’s ability to stop the Cowboys’ rushing attack placed the onus of the offense on the shoulders of second-year quarterback Dak Prescott, the NFL’s reigning Offensive Rookie of the Year. But Denver’s defense showed their versatility by being able stuff the run and put pressure on Prescott.
Under constant attack, Prescott was forced to make mostly short throws for minimal gains or to take risks looking long. Those risky throws resulted in two interceptions for Dak, who threw just four picks all last season.
The Cowboys defensive performance was even worse. The unit that was able to limit the Giants to a single field goal in Week One, couldn’t stop the Broncos through the air or on the ground. Denver ended up 380 yards of total offense and scoring six total touchdowns.
All-in-all, it was one of Cowboys’ worst performances in recent memory. And as a result, there are several players who stock is dropping in Dallas today. Here are our choices for the top five…