The Cowboys are hitting the tough stretch of their schedule
Although the Cowboys are talented and look like a team that can contend, there are still some questions looming. Questions that need to be addressed before hitting their rough four game stretch that includes, the best-record Eagles, the never-know Bills, dynamic Dolphins and the streaky Lions. Talk about a gauntlet of games. Lets dive in to some issues that the Cowboys may run into.
The first cause of concern is in fact from the usually-stout Cowboys defense. To give up 35 points at home (where they have won 14 straight) to the Seahawks, that is not a good sign given the offenses they will face down the line. The Seahawks are no-pushover and they play tough as always, especially as they fight for a playoff spot. But, they are also not as talented as some of the teams Dallas will face and the defense cannot have similar outing like they did last Thursday night.
Yes, DaRon Bland was effective and the Dallas front seven got pressure on Geno Smith in some moments. But they struggled covering the under-neath crossing routes and that showed on the second drive of the game as D.K Metcalf zoomed over the middle and burst up-field for a 73-yard score and crowd mood-killer.
Metcalf was effective in that fashion the whole game in route to a season-high game in multiple categories for him.
Dallas is facing another group of very good over-the-middle pass catcher(s) in each of the next four games. Amon-Ra St. Brown, AJ Brown, DeVonta Smith, Stefon Diggs, Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle. With every one of these guys being dangerous as a deep-threats as well.
Some of those names are in the ranks of the leagues best wide receivers and Dallas has to try and handle each of them week after week over the next month. Sheesh.
You cannot escape these wide-receivers, they are going to be effective in some sort of way. The key is just limiting their production to an extent. To help, Dallas will need to get pressure on opposing quarterbacks to make it difficult to get the ball to these superstars. Dallas must force every single one of these teams to win by their run game production. That will not be an easy task either as each of the four teams are loaded at that position too.
When you really think of it, Dallas might be hitting the hardest four-game stretch of any team in the league and possibly in their own team history.
Now, looking toward this stretch of games, we will find out who the Cowboys are. They have two at home and two on the road. They are off to a good start to this stretch after narrowly beating Seattle (nonetheless they handful of struggles in that game), but the gauntlet is just beginning.
Next up, the Cowboys set to face the slightly favored Philadelphia Eagles in a rematch of their week nine nail-biter that nearly saw Dallas come up with the upset. Despite the Eagles loss on Sunday, they are still an elite-team and this divisional battle will be exciting. On primetime on Sunday night, the Cowboys will get their chance at redemption and this team knows they have what it takes to win. Not just against the Eagles but their remaining games this year.
If they can go 3-1 against all all four of their next games at sit at 12-4 going into the season finale cake-walk with the Commanders, people will really start believing that this team has a shot. Heck, even going 2-2 in this stretch and possibly finish the year at 12-5, Dallas should be happy with that and people should respect what they have done.
This 2023 Cowboys team is different, they know it, the fans know it, now they just have to show it. Oh wow, that rhymed right there. Eminem who?