The Dallas Cowboys can grow from the humiliating 42-17 defeat they suffered at the hands of the Denver Broncos, if they use it as a learning tool.
The Dallas Cowboys were thoroughly defeated by the Denver Broncos on Sunday 42-17. The Cowboys can grow from the humiliating defeat if they use it as a tool.
Other than a few key individual performances there isn’t many players that are going to get praise this week in Dallas. The team got destroyed in every aspect of the game and likely humbled in the process.
Fans and media can debate if the Cowboy’s players have let last year’s success go to their heads. None of that matters now. If the players let their past achievements get in the way of this year’s goals the team will falter.
There is something about going to a tough road environment and getting beaten soundly that can awaken a team – if they are good. Assuming that the team is as good as everybody thinks, this should have been a good wake-up-call.
It should serve the coaching staff a good reminder that this is a power-run team first and foremost. You have to give your team a chance with more than 9 carries in a game. That just wont cut it the way this team is constructed. Get the fullback out there and run the ball.
The defense will be immediately humbled following their praises from the week one victory over the New York Giants.
One could say the defense was putrid at best. They couldn’t stop the run, they couldn’t stop the pass, and they couldn’t get out of their own way literally and figuratively.
Defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence was one of the very few bright spots on the defense registering two sacks and generating the only spark of the day for the Cowboys.
The vaunted offensive line of America’s Team should be humbled to say the least following this performance. Since drafting Zack Martin in 2014 this was the unit’s worst game by a large margin during that span.
Tyron Smith had the best game of the group, but the rest of them all lost their individual match-ups repeatedly. The strength of the Cowboys lies within these 5 players and they know it. This should be a tool for them to study and improve their overall game.
Quarterback Dak Prescott and running back Ezekiel Elliott both had their worst games as professionals. The problem was that it happened during the same game. Dak threw two interceptions – half of his total amount of last year – and Elliott was only able to rush for 8 yards.
To say the offense was dismal is an understatement.
America’s Team has a tough challenge ahead and they have to get back to their brand of football. If this humiliation didn’t humble them it could be a very long season.