The Dallas Cowboys enter their bye week with a 5-1 record after reeling off five consecutive victories. While the record is great, there has certainly been no shortage of storylines and opinions from national outlets to all of us here in this community. The latter being the reason I wanted to bring up some things as we head into the bye week.
There is the good, the bad, the ugly, and some unknowns across this team. The bye week is downtime and offers the best time to take a step back and evaluate the Cowboys without the thought of an upcoming game.
I will get into some of my thoughts on this team and am extremely curious to hear the other side, some things I didn’t get into, and even learn a few things, which I greatly appreciate from you guys, as I do each comment section. Let’s get into some “bye week bite-sized bullets” in an ode to Zeke eating this season.
Dallas Cowboys special teams are at risk of costing this team a game
Let’s call a spade a spade. Aside from the blocked punt against the Patriots, this unit has been shaky more often than not. I get a pit in my stomach every field goal attempt we take. The misses simply can’t happen at the rate that they are. While Greg Zuerlein’s career average on field goal attempts is 82%, he is sitting at 80% this year, a number that would be 23rd in the league last year.
An even more unnerving number is the extra point trend. Throughout his career, he has been 96% on these. Even after the change in 2015 moving them back, he has still clipped at 96%. At 90% through this year, I worry a missed XP could prove crucial in all the wrong ways come January. This unit is my glaring area that needs to improve quickly. I don’t bring in another kicker… yet. But I would have the phone unlocked and the contact book open.