It’s been a rough couple of weeks for the Dallas Cowboys.
They’ve lost back-to-back games after putting up over 30 points, over 400 yards, and to make matters worse they lost to Cal quarterbacks in both instances. I don’t know why this makes it worse, but it does.
2-3 isn’t the fashion statement we all thought the Cowboys would be making entering the bye, yet here we are. The world is going to be talking about America’s Team, saying this or that, and we’re here to tell you what they’re going to be saying. Here are 10 Predictable Headlines that will happen as a result of the Packers loss.
The Cowboys Defense is terrible
This isn’t only a headline for the future, but it’s one from the past. It’s no secret that the Dallas Cowboys don’t have an elite unit on the defensive side of the ball, and that was exposed on Sunday.
With 1:13 left it was a foregone conclusion in most Cowboys fans’ minds that Aaron Rodgers was going to score. Think about that for a second, really think about it. While Aaron Rodgers is Aaron Rodgers, the fact that this was understood by so many speaks volumes about the perception of the defense.
There was no reason for the Cowboys to pass on 2nd and 2
Trailing 24-28 the Cowboys were near the endzone and chose to throw a pass to Dez Bryant on 2nd and 2 (the broadcast labeled it 2nd and 1) from the Green Bay 11-yard line. There was 1:24 on the clock when Dak Prescott hiked the ball and it read 1:18 after the incompletion.
Had the Cowboys chosen to run the ball they obviously could have withered another 40 seconds off the clock, assuming they didn’t score a touchdown. Dak Prescott would score himself off a read option on the next play, so it’s fair to say Dallas might have done so on 2nd down.
There’s no right or wrong answer here, it’s a matter of what you would do. There is legitimate logic to each line of thought, be aggressive or maintain the clock-moving.
Dak Prescott should have taken a knee at the 1-yard line
Piggy-backing off of the previous point, it has been suggested that Dak Prescott should have downed the ball after picking up the first down right after the incomplete pass. The argument being that it allows the Cowboys to milk the clock more.
The only problem with that is that teams aren’t giving away touchdowns. You have to take the touchdown when you can. You can’t risk getting a penalty, turning the ball over or some other calamity after not taking the touchdown.
It may sound good as an ideal scenario, but the real-life situation calls for getting the points when you can.
Jaylon Smith is doing more harm than good
The Cowboys have a great story on their hands in Jaylon Smith, considering all of the medical hurdles he’s faced in his young career.
While it is undoubtedly a great story and one we’re all rooting for to go to the next level, when will that next level be reached? It’s hard to look at what Jaylon Smith, the football player, has done through five games and say that it was worthy of a second-round pick.
It’s obvious that Jaylon Smith is not at a point of health where the Cowboys can rely on him, but the Cowboys aren’t doing great in the health department overall at that position group. Injuries to Anthony Hitchens and Sean Lee haven’t helped, but at some point the Cowboys have to address this issue.
The Dak Prescott and Cole Beasley connection is back
Four games in, many were wondering where Cole Beasley was on the 2017 Dallas Cowboys.
To that point, he had less than half the amount of catches he had through four games last season. Many discussed how Cole was a big key to this offense getting going, and two touchdowns later it appears that claim was correct.
Beasley helps the offense move along. It appears that connection is back to its old form, which is a great thing for the Cowboys as a whole.
The Cowboys Defense is terrible, Part II
1:13. One minute and 13 seconds.
Look, Aaron Rodgers is the greatest quarterback in the NFL currently, and the fact that he marched down the field in less than that amount of time is partly a testament to his greatness, but this isn’t new, not for the Cowboys.
Aaron Rodgers and the Packers are the hump to get over in the NFC, and they’ve been the hump for the Cowboys. Dating all the way back to when Dez caught it at Lambeau Field in January of 2015, that has been the barometer for how good you need to be.
On that fateful day the Cowboys couldn’t even get to a one-legged Rodgers (he was dealing with a calf injury). Since then they have had three waves of offseason team-building periods. That’s three drafts and three opportunities at potential free agents.
We saw the Cowboys try to build a pass rush by hunting in the bargain bin and acquiring players like Greg Hardy and Randy Gregory. This past draft they selected Taco Charlton. All in all they’ve known what their kryptonite is, and when they visit Planet Krypton they seem to make no changes, leading to a defense Rodgers can expose.
Dak Prescott is the heart and soul of the Cowboys
Unfortunately, Dak Prescott quarterbacked Tony Romo’s Cowboys against the Packers. He gave an amazing effort and fell short. It’s a rough way to go about things.
The thing is, so many doubted Dak Prescott this season. People wondered whether a sophomore slump would appear, and the reality is they were all wrong.
Things I'm learning watching the All-22 from Packers-Cowboys: GB defense played OK. It's just that Dak Prescott was absolutely incredible.— Peter Bukowski (@Peter_Bukowski) October 10, 2017
In the NFL if you have a franchise quarterback, you have a chance. Dak gives us one.
Jeff Heath should be replaced
We’ve seen the greatest player of all time, Jeff Heath, really struggle at points this season.
In a lot of ways the Cowboys defense is reminding us of the days of 2013, when the world was first really introduced to Heath. The struggles at safety are apparent, and it’s hard to disagree with them.
Ryan Switzer is getting a little too bold with fielding punts
Switzer infamously muffed a punt against the Los Angeles Rams, a play you could argue lost the game for the Cowboys. He almost did it again late in the fourth quarter against the Green Bay Packers.
I may maintain that this is who Switzer is, a risk taker. It’s that disposition that allows him to make so many of the special plays we know he’s capable of, it just comes with a bold nature that sometimes appears scary.
Terrance Williams will never go up and get a ball
You know the play I’m talking about.
Watch Terrance Williams attack this ball in the air........ pic.twitter.com/KNmNCPkC9v— Marcus Mosher (@Marcus_Mosher) October 10, 2017
Terrance Williams did not have a good game against the Packers. He had the tipped pass that led to the pick-six, and this lack of effort here.
The Cowboys brought Terrance Williams back for a reason. He’s shown an ability to make big plays on more than one occasion, we just haven’t seen it this season.