Well, it happened. The Cowboys are 1-4 after a 24-21 loss in Minnesota.
Again this week the offense played well, however, penalties and special teams cost the Cowboys big in another game that was very winnable that they couldn’t win as a team. More often than not the penalties against them are unnecessary. The Michael Jenkins flag on 3rd and 5 late in the game where he grabbed the back of Greg Lewis’ jersey was just bad play. The ball was uncatchable, which by rule should make the play not a penalty, but by grabbing the jersey unnecessarily the drive continued when the Cowboys needed the ball the most. The team had 10 penalties in total for 91 yards in the game, and it was in each aspect of the game with penalties on offense, defense, and special teams. This is getting beyond what it should be, with this teams lack of focus. Phillips needs to pull Jenkins, and the entire team for that matter, aside and start enforcing discipline for these kind of penalties that can be the deciding factor in games.
Who is mentoring Dez Bryant I wonder? Bryant’s return late in the game was just another mental error that put the team in another bad position to start their last drive. He not only backed the team up, but he lost the team time at the most crucial point in the game because he wanted to be a hero.
In a game where the team with the least amount of mistakes wins the game, Dallas is proving that being extraordinarily talented won’t cut it if you can’t execute properly on a consistent basis throughout a game and especially the season. With this issue not fading, you can’t help but look at the rest of the season a bleak manner. Which is a bit unfair to fans to see a team that had so much hope in their ability to really make the Super Bowl this year, and have them in this position so early in the season without it being due to some injury to a major player on the team.
Realistically, the team is not out of contention completely, but people probably should be tempering expectations and hope to just make the playoffs. Even if the team were to make run and achieve what would likely be a wild card spot, there won’t be much expectation for a Super Bowl run.
It’s not a completely dismal scene for the Cowboys with Roy Williams again showing consistency and Dallas again showing faith one running back having a majority of carries. What’s best, is it seemed to help the offense too, but in the end 1-4 leaves a very bleak outlook and what was a team with very high hopes this season.
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Written by David Willow
My name is David Willow. Your NFL and Fantasy Jedi. I have lived in Dallas, TX most of my life. I have been following both football and basketball since I was a child. I love being able to research and analyze different players and teams. I've been a fantasy sports enthusiast for around 8 years with some titles to back that. I have a Bachelors degree in History with a minor in English. Other hobbies include me being part of an acting workshop for five years, playing guitar, and working out. Hit me up with any comments, questions or opinions.