The Dallas Cowboys offense is off to a familiar frustrating start against the LA Chargers on Monday Night Football. Of course, any and all offensive struggles in this game are amplified with Kellen Moore calling plays for LA on the other sideline.
Mike McCarthy admittedly called a pretty read option for Dak Prescott on 4th down that opened the scoring for Dallas, but the offense has been stuck in neutral ever since. How bad is it? Enough that the ESPN broadcast helmed by Joe Buck and Cowboys legend Troy Aikman made note of it going to commercial in the first quarter.
After (another) Cowboys three and out, Aikman was beside himself that Prescott didn't look in the direction of a wide open CeeDee Lamb. It's clear Lamb wasn't the QB's first read -- Michael Gallup was -- which is the problem Aikman alluded to.
By the end of the clip, Aikman was left speechless by McCarthy's offense.
Troy Aikman calls out Cowboys offense against Kellen Moore's Chargers.
Aikman's harsh criticism only magnifies the Kellen Moore narrative. While the Cowboys defense has held Moore's high-flying offense in check after an awful start, the discourse will only go stronger the longer Dallas' offensive struggles continue.
While Prescott and Co. are moving the ball, some familiar issues have reared their ugly head. The downfield shots are nowhere to be found, Michael Gallup continues to see more targets than Brandin Cooks. Speaking of Cooks, he's still running short routes.
How many highlights during training camp showed Prescott and Cooks connecting on deep balls? We're in Week 6 and Cooks is still running curls and slants as a distant No. 3 option in the passing game behind Lamb and Gallup.
The calls for Cooks will only grow louder after Gallup dropped a surefire touchdown on a perfect throw from Prescott.
It isn't just the target distribution and decision-making. It's the fact that Dallas' passing game only looks threatening when Lamb is involved. No. 88 is up to five catches for 84 yards and counting before halftime. No other Cowboys pass-catcher has more than 23 receiving yards.
That boils down to the scheme and game plan, but Cowboys fans already knew that. Aikman's defeated analysis just hammered that home.