Dallas Cowboys once again beat themselves versus the Packers

Amari Cooper, Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys. (Photo by Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images)
Amari Cooper, Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys. (Photo by Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images) /

The Dallas Cowboys came into this game with redemption on their minds after their loss to the Saints. The Packers had other plans for the Cowboys on Sunday.

Dallas, we have a problem! The Dallas Cowboys for a second straight week didn’t start this game off the right way, allowing the Green Bay Packers offense led by quarterback Aaron Rodgers jumped out to an early 7-0 lead. The Packers used their ground game with running back Aaron Jones to build on that lead making it 14-0 at the end of the first quarter.

Nothing seemed to go right for the Cowboys in this first half even though they were able to get into Packer territory. This offense once again shot themselves in the foot with two early turnovers off of two Dak Prescott interceptions and drive-killing penalties. That led to the Cowboys having to lean more on their passing attack to get back in the game.

Once that happened the Packers defensive line was able to consistently get pressure on Prescott. The offensive line just wasn’t able to hold up against the twists and stunts the Packers threw at them.  Many would say after that start that the Cowboys were lucky to go into the locker at the half down 17-0 to the Packers.

When the Dallas Cowboys took the field to start the second half they continued to let the Packers dominate the offensive and defensive lines of the Cowboys. Allowing the Packers to score again making it 24-0 in the third quarter.

The Cowboys late in the third quarter tried to mount a comeback but a Prescott interception and a Brett Maher missed field goal sealed their fate and put the game out of reach. The Cowboys would go on to lose this game to the Packers 34-24, and while the Packers played a good game it was the Cowboys that beat themselves.

The Dallas Cowboys must figure out a way to stop beating themselves with dumb penalties and turnovers. Many would like to blame the officials for bad calls but until this team deals with their issues they are going to continue to struggle against talented teams.

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Here’s a shortlist of the Cowboys issues.

  1. Stopping the run – Gave up 237 yards on the ground over the last two games
  2. Offensive line – pass blocking and run blocking
  3. Offensive turnovers – six over the last two games
  4. Penalties – committed 20 for 204 yards over two games
  5. The kicker – missed two kicks

Next up the Dallas Cowboys (3-2) will take on the New York Jets (0-4).