Earlier this season the Dallas Cowboys offensive lines showed signs of cracking. It has now officially been cracked.
The Dallas Cowboys offensive line has been decimated with injuries and is now a liability for the team. Fans of America’s Team have long been spoiled with a strong offensive line that opens up holes for the run game while giving quarterbacks ample time to make good decisions. That has not been the case this season.
The Cowboys offensive line has lost both of its starting tackles to season-ending injuries. The team is also missing its starting center, Joe Looney after he suffered a leg injury against the Cleveland Browns.
In Monday night’s loss against the Arizona Cardinals, the guard Zack Martin left the game early with a concussion. That forced the team to trot out an offensive line in which third-year guard Connor Williams was the most experienced player in the unit.
Martin will hopefully be able to come back for next week’s matchup against the Washington Football Team. However, with both left tackle Tyron Smith and right tackle La’el Collins out for the season, fans of America’s Team will be forced to get used to the bleak reality of a porous offensive line.
Last year, Dallas’s offensive line gave up the second-fewest sacks in the league with 23. Through six games this season, the unit has already given up 14.
Now injured Cowboys’ quarterback Dak Prescott was able to keep this team in games despite the poor offensive line play and bad defense. Their backup quarterback Andy Dalton was not able to do that this week against the Cardinals.
Hopefully, the team’s rookie center, Tyler Biadasz, will continue to develop as the season progresses. However, even if Biadasz can develop into a solid center, the team will still needs more help in the trenches.
The Dallas Cowboys are going to need to reinvest in an offensive line that helped them dominate the ground game for the past five years. This team was built on a strong O-Line that allowed the team to control the tempo of games. If they choose not to address this glaring need through trades or free agency acquisitions soon, it will likely be a long, disappointing season for fans of America’s Team.