Week before playoffs, the Dallas Cowboys look their worst

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In a game the Dallas Cowboys should have started resting starters by the 3rd quarter at the latest, they sweat out a full four quarters to a final result of 26-6 and instead rested their starters while down 20. Dak threw another interception and the offense came out incredibly sluggish. Sound familiar?

The Dallas Cowboys might not be ready for the playoffs.

This is not the trend you want to be known for as a team sitting at 12-5/13-4. You all hear the media each week, the Cowboys are frauds and even LeSean McCoy had some choice words about us.

It’s always something different and despite the results of the game something new comes up. On Sunday, they were all correct. This was Dak Prescott’s worst game of the season where he completed 38% of his passes. He came into the game completing 69.2% of his passes he proved everyone right.

It certainly didn’t help that the running game totally vanished with Tony Pollard and Ezekiel Elliott combining for 29 yards on 15 attempts. It’s clear they’re missing Tyler Biadasz dearly but hopefully he will make his return next week.

This team has come out incredibly flat against teams that frankly should have been squashed under their feet. If they approached every game like they did when Cooper Rush was under center I feel that they could be in contention for best record in the NFL. There is no urgency is these games which feel like filler. They win all these games so there’s really no reason to change their approach. If it ain’t broke don’t fix it right?

Compare the energy and what you see on the field when the Dallas Cowboys played the Eagles in Week 16 or the Vikings in Week 11. Or when Cooper Rush was in for those five games. They went into SoFi Stadium and beat the former Super Bowl champs the Rams and a 3 weeks prior they took care of business at home against the Bengals.

I feel like they need to be viewed as more of an underdog to really lock in. A team sitting at 12-5 should know they’re better and then let that confidence translate to the field. I mean the Commanders started Sam Howell today. The Dallas Cowboys need to start flexing their muscles and now time is finally up.

You lose next week and you can’t correct your mistakes for next Sunday. They’re going to have to deal with that all the way into September for the second year in a row and a lot of these guys have been through it already. Tom Brady is not one to miss out on capitalizing upon offensive blunders and if the game is within a score and two minutes to go Brady will punish you.

Fortunately, the stakes can’t get much higher than the playoffs and it won’t take much to motivate any team in the NFL. This team has so much talent on both sides of the ball, and there is no reason they can’t make a deep playoff run. But it starts in the locker room and recognizing what they’ve got. This Sunday was not a reflection of who they truly were.

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