Even with their win on Sunday, the Dallas Cowboys cannot let the blowout victory over the winless San Francisco 49ers cloud their sense of reality.
Going into Sunday’s matchup against the San Francisco 49ers the Dallas Cowboys seemed to be facing more questions than answers. They had just lost consecutive games at home while scoring 30+ points in each contest and were coming out of a bye week that would seem counter-productive for any other team in the National Football League not named the Dallas Cowboys.
During their off week, they lost two bodies on the defensive side of the ball in cornerback Nolan Carroll and defensive tackle Stephen Paea (both starters one one point this season), the suspension drama of running back Ezekiel Elliott continued to gain momentum, and owner Jerry Jones provided some controversial statements regarding player conduct during the national anthem. Just another week for America’s Team.
Even with all that happened over their bye week, the Cowboys also had two weeks to prepare for a team that does not have much going in their favor in regards to this season. The 49ers were 0-6 going into the game and could not point to many bright spots on their roster. The end result would end up being exactly what you would think it should be when looking at these teams on paper; a convincing 40-10 win for the Cowboys where they controlled just about every aspect of the game.
But just how convincing of a win was this? Sure 40-10 looks great on Monday morning and the stat sheet is loaded from top to bottom, but this game cannot mask the true weaknesses of this team. The Cowboys are still a very flawed team and one that will be truly tested in their next four games.
The next four contests consist of a divisional road game against the Washington Redskins, at home against the Kansas City Chiefs, on the road against the Atlanta Falcons, and coming back home to face the Philadelphia Eagles. How the Cowboys come out looking from this upcoming four game stretch could determine the fate of their season.
You do have to commend the Dallas Cowboys for coming out and handling the 49ers the way they were supposed to. However, this game cannot get in the way of the Cowboys looking themselves in the mirror and being completely honest with each other. They remain a .500 team that has resembled their record so far this season and will need to continue to improve in big ways if they want to get back among the NFC’s best come January.