The Dallas Cowboys must get a win against the Arizona Cardinals to avoid their season starting off in absolute crisis mode.
It seems like a lifetime ago that the Dallas Cowboys were hosting the NFC Divisional Playoffs.
After two weeks into the 2017 NFL season, the Cowboys seem to have an identity crisis. It’s very early to be raising a red flag, but yet every game can count for so much.
When the Cowboys face off against the Arizona Cardinals on Monday, fans will start to get an idea of what this team will be about this season. After starting 1-1 in 2016, Dallas was able to come out in week 3 and destroy the Chicago Bears.
A win like that again in 2017 could go a long way towards building momentum for the season. After all, a demoralizing defeat like they suffered against the Denver Broncos can often have a lasting impact.
NFL seasons have lots of ups and downs and it is hard to call a game in September a must-win. With the upcoming schedule and a potential suspension for running back Ezekiel Elliott, this is as close to a must-win as you can get this early in the year.
The upcoming schedule is too tough to get too far down in the standings. The Cowboys need to build a cushion and prove they are the Super Bowl contender many were claiming them to be.
A defeat in Denver likely wouldn’t have raised too much concern surrounding the Cowboys. But a thrashing like they endured is a different story.
Not in recent memory can I remember such polarizing start to a season. Week one Dallas looked like the best team they’ve fielded in a decade. Week two they looked like a perennial loser.
The coaching staff and players hopefully know the importance of a hot-start.
It’s not often that a team with this much talent can stay together for long-stretches of time. If the Cowboys hope to win a Super Bowl with this squad, they will have to start winning again this week.
The world will be watching on Monday Night Football.