Dallas Cowboys continue to embarrass themselves

ARLINGTON, TEXAS - OCTOBER 04: Dak Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TEXAS - OCTOBER 04: Dak Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) /

Across-the-board miscues by the Dallas Cowboys yield another humiliating effort.

Where does one begin to unpack what happened to the Dallas Cowboys yesterday? Do we start with the fact that they gave up over three-hundred rushing yards to the Cleveland Browns? Do we begin with the cottage industry that has become the offense’s alarming negative turnover ratio? Should we include the defense that looks like an overmatched freshman B-team unit?

We could begin with any one of those topics, but the bottom line is that these Dallas Cowboys are 1-3 to begin this bizarre season. And in keeping with the continuity of the strangeness of this particular era, we keep getting what appears to be the representative effort from this bunch. Somewhere, former head coach Jason Garrett has to be chuckling at his old team’s fortunes.

The product on the field looks like some second-tier, late-night Pac-12 manure. The Cowboys came into the game averaging 22 first-half points allowed. Of course, they surely wouldn’t be undone against the Browns, right? If you made that assumption, you’d be wrong. A 31-14 halftime deficit would tell you all you need to know about this abomination.

There is nothing good about the start of the Mike McCarthy area. This team is on pace for a 4-12 record, and I’m not entirely sure this franchise doesn’t deserve their lot in life at this moment. For significant stretches of every game they’ve played thus far, this team looks unfocused on offense and completely bumbling and incompetent on defense.

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Look, save for a miracle onside kick recovery against Atlanta, this Cowboys’ team should be 0-4. They’ve shown absolutely nothing to anyone in regards to their ability to get out of their own way. We can try and spin it any way we want. Sure, Dak Prescott and company put up some Madden-like numbers in their valiant comeback, but the fact remains that this team keeps putting up loss after infuriating loss. In all honesty, Jason Garrett would’ve never let this happen. That might be a bit unfair to McCarthy, given his short tenure as head coach, but what the heck was he doing with the failed special teams kick that followed the touchdown that brought the Cowboys to within 41-38?

They would’ve had the two-minute warning, a timeout, and a scenario in which Cleveland would’ve been trying to run the clock so the Dallas defense could get the ball back. Kick the freaking ball away! It never mattered. Instead, an end-around to Odell Beckam–who posted a fantastic fantasy game for my team, no less–got free for a 50-yard touchdown to seal the deal. At that point, all I could do was laugh. What else can you do when your football team is so horribly awful at playing football?

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We are in for a long and excruciating campaign here, folks. At this juncture, there really isn’t another way around it. The Dallas Cowboys continue to play us for the fools that we are. They are the disjointed and unorganized mess that we’ve been used to around these parts for the last twenty-five years. Don’t be surprised if the New York Giants add to the embarrassment next week.

  • Published on 10/05/2020 at 11:01 AM
  • Last updated at 10/05/2020 at 09:26 AM