Dallas Cowboys Week 6: The good, the bad, and the ugly
By Tyrone Starr
Week 6 of the 2021 NFL season is in the books and it did not disappoint as it pertains to this Dallas Cowboys campaign. Facing the league’s most decorated franchise, on the road, Dallas put on a show in New England in an epic instant classic.
With their 35-29 victory, the Cowboys won their fifth straight game, matching their longest winning streak since November 8-December 9 of 2018. The 35 points also set a team record of most games in a row scoring 35 or more. When thinking of all of the history and offensive talent this franchise has had through the year, that’s one impressive feat.
Making this week even better, all of the other teams within the NFC East took a loss. Dallas now sits three games ahead of the next closest team in the division, something no other team can currently say. Now, as this inferno hot team heads into their bye week, let’s take one last look at Week 6 and assess the good, bad, and ugly from an overtime win over the Patriots.
Dallas Cowboys: The good
Some days you just have it going on and other days are a struggle. For the majority of the game, the Cowboys just could not get out of their own way. The Cowboys were penalized 12 times for 115 yards, including the very first play of the game.
Dallas turned the ball over twice, including a fumble on the goal line, erasing an opportunity to score. Yet another score was erased with a dropped pass. One play after returning a pick-six interception to the house, they gave up a 75-yard touchdown right back.
All in all, the Cowboys probably played a B- minus game at best and still walked out with a win. Those are always the most impressive wins in my book. This team is obviously talented. Scoring 18 points in the final quarter and overtime shows their explosiveness.
To fight through the plethora of mistakes and self-inflicted setbacks meant more to me, however. There were a few extra cherries on this Sunday sundae though. Before this game, the Bill Belichick-led Patriots were 109-3 at home when leading at halftime. Make that 109-4 now. Also, the 567 yards that Dallas gained in this game was the most any Belichick-coached defense had ever allowed. Let those sink in.