Heavy is the head that wears the crown? Apparently, because the Dallas Cowboys' coronation as the NFL's best team lasted all of one week.
In Sunday's loss to the Cardinals, the Cowboys committed 13 penalties, including 11 in an unwatchable first half, allowed Arizona to run all over them, and looked the part of a high school offense once it crossed the red zone.
From a distance, it looked like Dallas didn't get off the bus. They seemingly rolled into Arizona thinking they could show up and win. That's a fatal mistake in the NFL, and yet it comes to fruition multiple times per season.
It's also a familiar trap-game loss for the Cowboys under Mike McCarthy. Losing to a team that's widely projected to finish with the No. 1 pick (the Cardinals might be too competitive for that to happen), will draw overreactions from fans and the media.
Here are three that fans shouldn't waste their breath on.
3. Mike McCarthy shouldn't call red zone plays
It's crazy how fast the narrative changes in the NFL. Mike McCarthy was lauded for his play-calling approach in Weeks 1 and 2. He smartly called conservative games that allowed Dallas to control the ever-important time of possession battle.
Sunday was a different story.
For whatever reason, McCarthy was hell-bent on establishing the running game. He started the game with back-to-back runs on first and second and long and deferred to the run way too much in the red zone. The head coach was even running the ball down two scores late in the fourth quarter with Arizona in drop coverage.
McCarthy's red zone offense was especially frustrating and arguably the biggest reason Dallas dropped this game. The Cowboys' red zone offense was among the best in the NFL during Kellen Moore's reign as offensive coordinator. Like clockwork, fans were quick to point this out on social media.
McCarthy has a lot to clean up in the red zone. Fans brushed it off as a concern given Dallas dominated the first two games, but it's inescapable now. But pining for Kellen Moore's return or advocating for someone else to call the shots inside the 20-yard line is crazy talk.
McCarthy's earned the benefit of the doubt. Let's not turn on him after one loss.