Dallas Cowboys lose on Thanksgiving: Time to tank

Montez Sweat, Washington Football Team, (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
Montez Sweat, Washington Football Team, (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images) /

After the Dallas Cowboys’ latest loss on Thanksgiving, it’s time to tank

The Dallas Cowboys lost to the Washington Football Team for the second time this season. The team has now lost five of its past six games. The loss should provide the final dagger of the year for Dallas.

The fact that the Cowboys were defeated by Washington does not merit this conclusion on its own. However, the fact that they were blown out 41-16 at home, on Thanksgiving while suffering several significant injuries should.

The organization saw their four-time All-Pro offensive lineman Zack Martin suffer a seemingly serious injury in the first quarter. Martin was unable to return for the remainder of the game. The team also saw their starting left tackle Cameron Erving leave the game on the same drive.

Dallas’s offensive line has already been decimated by injuries this season. The team lost both of its starting tackles, Tyron Smith and La’el Collins, to season-ending injuries among other losses in the unit. The offensive line, which was once a great strength of the Cowboys, is now one of its biggest liabilities.

Washington was able to accrue four sacks and an astounding seven quarterback hits during the course of the matchup. Starting quarterback Andy Dalton played admirably for most of the game despite being under duress.

However, the team was once again plagued with the turnover bug. America’s Team finished the game with two turnovers, including a costly fumble by running back Ezekiel Elliott.

Despite the fact that the Cowboys are still amazingly in the hunt for the NFC East title it appears time for fans of America’s Team to simply admit that this is not their year. The team has been decimated with significant injuries and sloppy play throughout most of the season.

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The Dallas Cowboys will bounce back and it is hard to imagine them having another season this miserable in the foreseeable future. The team has some genuinely terrific players and should be able to compete for a playoff position as soon as next year. However, after yet another gut-wrenching loss it might be productive for fans of America’s Team to start studying this year’s draft class.