Well, that was embarrassing.
For the first two weeks of the season, Cowboys fans were on top of the world. Dallas destroyed the New York Giants in Week 1, and then stomped all over the New York Jets in Week 2. After outscoring their opponents by 60 points, the Cowboys looked like the most dominant team in the NFL.
With the highest-scoring offense (70 points) and stingiest defense (10 points) in the league, Dallas fans were already starting to dream about a Super Bowl parade next February. They certainly weren't thinking about a potential loss in Week 3, especially with the lowly Arizona Cardinals on tap.
Instead, the Cowboys were absolutely embarrassed by the Cardinals on Sunday, proving they were the most overrated team in the NFL with a 28-16 loss to a far inferior opponent.
Cowboys Week 3 Loss
On the road in Arizona, Dallas came out flat and never recovered. The Cowboys quickly fell behind in the first quarter and trailed 21-10 at halftime, proving that they were simply not prepared for the start of this game.
They didn't make the necessary adjustments at halftime, either, getting outscored 7-6 in the second half and ultimately losing by double digits in a game they were heavily favored to win.
If Dallas was a legit Super Bowl contender, it would have blown Arizona out of the water. There is no excuse for getting crushed by a much weaker team, especially so early in the season when pretty much everyone is healthy.
The Cowboys were embarrassed in all three phases of the game. Dak Prescott once again looked pretty mediocre, completing just 62.5% of his passes and throwing only 1 touchdown. He also got picked off in the red zone with about three minutes left in the fourth quarter, sealing Dallas' fate with a terrible throw at the worst possible time.
Our vaunted defense also failed to show up, getting torched by Josh Dobbs (17-for-21, 189 yards) and giving up over 200 yards on the ground. If our defense was truly elite, it wouldn't have completely collapsed against such a pedestrian attack.
Mike McCarthy looked like the same old Mike McCarthy, not having us ready to play and not getting us back on track in the second half.
So yeah, maybe Cowboys fans got too excited about their strong performances against a pair of terrible teams that are a combined 2-4. We still haven't faced a true challenge yet, and it was alarming to see Dallas crumble at the first sign of adversity this week. A good team would've at least put up a fight, right?
The New England Patriots are coming to town next week, and beating Bill Belichick is never easy. If the Cowboys play like this again, that will tell us everything we need to know.
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