On the team level, a win is a win. Blowouts and close wins count all the same in the standings. But coaches aren't ignoring poor individual performances just because their team came out with a victory — especially when it wasn't an overly convincing victory.
The Cowboys beating the Chargers came down to a few key moments that you don't want to have to rely on, like the Tony Pollard 60-yard reception on a broken play.
Heading into a bye week is the perfect time for roles to be adjusted within the organization, and that leaves these four Cowboys on thin ice.
Dak Prescott threw nine incompletions on the night. Seven of those nine came when targeting Michael Gallup.
Throwing to non-Gallup players, Dak was 18-of-20 for 248 yards. Throwing to Gallup he was 3-of-10 for 24 yards.
It’s also not like Gallup had been especially good before Monday’s dud either. After averaging a career-low 5.7 yards per target in 2022, he had fallen below that average in three of the first five games of the season. That included having three games with 15 or fewer receiving yards.
The silver lining was that he had produced when he got more opportunities, with 60 yards on 6 targets in Week 4 and 92 yards on 7 targets in Week 3. But that silver lining was erased in Week 6.
Gallup had all the opportunities in the world, leading the team with his 10 targets. But throwing him the ball was one of the least effective things the Cowboys could do last night.