Numbers Don’t Lie: Dallas Cowboys Resemble Actual NFL Team

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A lot happens over the course of a football game.  Here are some numbers from the Dallas Cowboys games you may have missed.

Ever since Dak Prescott was injured, the Dallas Cowboys have struggled to show up mentally and physically.  They have statistically become the worst defense and the worst offense in the league and some have questioned whether or not Mike McCarthy should even get a second year as coach.  But on Sunday night the Dallas Cowboys pushed the only undefeated team in the NFL to its limit, and looked fairly decent doing it too.

70 – The number of seconds it took Pittsburgh to turn a Dallas Cowboys 13-point lead into only a 4-point lead at half.

Pittsburgh scored a touchdown on what looked would be their last possession of the first half (and missed the extra point).  Then the Dallas Cowboys offense took the field to try and put some more points on the board before the half.

Garrett Gilbert immediately hits Dalton Schultz for a 20-yard gain, but Terrence Steele lined up in the backfield, so instead of 1st and 10 near midfield, Dallas faces 1st and 15 from their own 20.  On the very next play CeeDee Lamb fumbles the ball and Pittsburgh recovers at the Dallas 39.  Pittsburgh didn’t even need a first down to be in field goal range.

59 – The franchise record field goal for the Pittsburgh Steelers set by Chris Boswell at the end of the first half.  What is so maddening about this is Boswell missed 2 extra points during the game and missed a 54-yard field goal immediately before this.

Pittsburgh was called for a false start therefore the play in which the field goal was missed never should have happened.  Boswell backs up 5 more yards, lines up for a career long field goal moments after seeing his previous kick miss badly, and drills a 59-yard field goal.

Remember, the Dallas Cowboys lost by 5 points and were on the Pittsburgh 30-yard line at the end of the game.  Dallas could have been staring at a game-winning field goal there, but it’s 2020 so that didn’t happen.