Dallas Cowboys: Sloths, slugs, snails, and America’s Team
Broken lines, dropped passes, and the $90 million man
Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott was decent, but that isn’t enough from a guy who held out to eventually be paid what he’s making either. He rushed for 62 yards and one touchdown.
The line was tattered coming into the game and became even more so during the game which possibly and likely had an effect, but a supposed elite back like Elliott (which I believe he is) should be able to produce more on the ground. Zeke had that huge 27-yard reception to make up for Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett slam challenge which helps his case a bit for the game, but he too needs to be better.
The receiving corps was pretty good as usual. Everyone made plays and wideout Michael Gallup looked really good coming off a few missed weeks and a knee procedure. Tight end Jason Witten and slot receiver Randall Cobb were steady and great in supplementary roles, making plays when they needed to.
Although Cooper made some amazing plays, posting a career-high 226 receiving yards in this week’s loss, he has his moments as well where he just has to be better. He has too many of these moments where he should be catching the ball but doesn’t.
As mentioned before, if the Cowboys continue to make things hard on themselves by letting games get out of hand with slow starts, they won’t be the team that they aspire to be this season. There is still a ton of time left in the season to be better than they have been though.
It is hard to imagine whether it is a mental thing or if they need to open the playbook up more earlier rather than after falling behind, but they must figure out what is at the root of this issue. They head to MetLife Stadium next Sunday for what should be a win, and I repeat should be, against the New York Jets.
This will be before welcoming the Philadelphia Eagles into Dallas for a divisional matchup the following Sunday night. Hopefully, they’re able to begin to get to the root of their issues starting games off on the right foot. They must do so before Philadelphia has the chance to run away with the division.