Dallas Cowboys dim the playoff lights on themselves
The Dallas Cowboys undo themselves on primetime television. Embarrassing. Sitting at 3-5 with a difficult slate of upcoming games, is 2018 all but over?
When it mattered most on Monday Night Football, Dak Prescott lost himself in the big lights in Big D. Say what you’d like about the Dallas Cowboys quarterback, but the proof is in his play: He threw duds when the team needed him most.
Yes, ESPN was keen on reminding everyone what was at stake last night. The loser falls to 3-5, furthering themselves into purgatory while the other squad keeps their nose above choppy waters.
Early on, the Dallas Cowboys positioned themselves to steal the game early. Coming off a bye week, the Cowboys looked crisp and hot early on against the Titans. Instead of whipping the Titans for their mistakes, the ‘Boys wrapped up their own gifts and handed it back in the most embarrassing fashion.
Overall, Prescott finished the night 21 for 31, 243 passing yards, two touchdown passes, and one interception. His final rating was 99.2, but the number that stole the show was his five sacks. It’s hard to see some light in 2018 when your best feature, the offensive line, is committing error and sin.
On the bright side, if there is one, Amari Cooper showed why the Raiders spent the fourth overall pick on him in 2015. Wow. This receiver can move. Though the Titans spoiled his debut game, finishing the Cowboys 28-14, Cooper did provide fans a highlight segment and an appetizer look into what he can do.
Cooper was targeted eight times, which was probably not enough considering the investment the Cowboys spent on him to get the receiver in Big D. Still, he finished the night with five grabs, 58 yards, and one touchdown. He led the Cowboys in receptions.
At 3-5, the Cowboys have a huge uphill battle. Here is what the team is looking at for the next five games:
• at Philadelphia Eagles
• at Atlanta Falcons
• Washington Redskins
• New Orleans Saints
• Philadelphia Eagles
Okay, before you reach for some tissues, let’s ponder on how 2018 can still unfold. The Dallas Cowboys, led by the same old Jason Garrett, could turn this around and leap into the NFC East mix again.
But, then again, the Cowboys had a golden opportunity last night with a home game. And, let’s not forget, Dallas had two weeks to prep for the Titans. The next five contests don’t look fun. For some coaches, it might be worth updating their resumes online. Things in Big D could get really ugly soon, and Monday night might be the film trailer nobody in Dallas wanted to see.