Are the Dallas Cowboys who we thought they were?

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter NFC North, NFC East

By Sonja Greenfield  //@Mom23RN

It’s early in the season, but the Cowboys started off hot, going 3-0.  However, they’ve seemed to come back to Earth these past two games. To be fair, they have faced some pretty good defenses, and we all know that defense wins championships. But at the same time, if they’re the team that they think they are, they should have had a better performance.

Let’s look at the performance of the Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliot.  He’s been pretty average so far this season after signing a huge contract. He’s had over 380 yards rushing, but in the past two games, he’s had only 97 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Again, he was facing some good defenses, though Green Bay’s rush defense got much better this game. Could it be that offensive coordinator Kellen Moore is having a hard time game planning? This is his first season as OC, so it could just be growing pains.

Could the problem lie with quarterback Dak Prescott?  In the past two games, he’s thrown 4 interceptions. Three of those came against the Packers. He’s also only thrown two touchdowns in those games, and both of them in “garbage time” against the Packers, as they were down 31-3 in the third quarter. Again, the Packers secondary has really improved so far this season, and they’re a top tier passing defense.  But, as we can see by the record, the Packers have had the Cowboys number of late.

The bottom line is, Prescott looks great against the bad teams but struggles against the better ones. If the Cowboys are really ready to make a deep run in the playoffs, Prescott needs to look as good as he does against bad teams with good teams.  The good news is, it’s still early-ish. They’re still top in the league offensively.  If Kellen Moore can improve his playcalling, they could be where we thought they would be!

Could it be the defense is letting them down?  Defensively they’re in the top half of the league. Sunday’s game was the most points that they’ve allowed all season, but they couldn’t figure out how to stop RB Aaron Jones. They’re a talented group, but somehow it’s not coming together.

Again, we’re heading into the 2nd quarter of the season, so there’s time left.  But the Cowboys really want to be contenders, now is the time to start to prove it!

 

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