The Dallas Cowboys are experiencing some serious lows on offense.
Dak Prescott has failed to eclipse 200 yards passing in five straight games. The last instance of this was Quincy Carter in 2003 to give you a feel for where we’re at. As further evidence, the Cowboys are one of three teams (Titans and Cardinals) to not score a touchdown in either the second or third quarter this season. Understandably, morale is low.
Just how low is morale, though? We have a nifty tool here at BTB as part of the SB Nation family, a tool called FanPulse. Many of you participate in the FanPulse surveys and the intent of them is to do just that, gauge a pulse of the fans from the most intelligent pool of people possible.
FanPulse results are in and to no surprise they are not particularly glowing for Dallas. Cowboys fans dropped 43% in confidence from Week 3 to Week 4 (the seventh-largest dip) and now sit at a season-low 6%. Only Arizona Cardinals fans feel less confident in their team (5%).
The rest of the NFC East is feeling a lot better about their teams
We’re only in Week 4, but the Cowboys sit in third-place within the most storied division in the NFL. Things can change quickly in this league as they were in first place last week, but with Philadelphia and Washington sitting a game above Dallas and New York you would imagine things wouldn’t be too far apart in terms of confidence. You’d be wrong.
Consider the confidence level of our division rivals and think about the disparity. Is this truly an accurate representation, or are Cowboys fans just more fickle and overreactive than the rest? FanPulse has proven before that our group’s pendulum swings further than anyone’s on a weekly basis.
- Eagles fans are 97% confident in their team.
- Redskins fans are 74% confident in their team.
- Giants fans are 54% confident in their team.
All three division rivals sit above 50% while the Cowboys can’t even crack a lucky seven. While it certainly is possible that this is simply an overreaction the possibility does it exist that this lack of confidence is warranted.
SB Nation recently polled all fans as to who the worst team in the NFL is. The options were the Arizona Cardinals, Oakland Raiders, Dallas Cowboys, and Houston Texans. They finished in that order, so the house isn’t totally on fire at least from an outside perspective.
While Cardinals fans do have a lower level of confidence in their team than us it seems as if Raiders and Texans fans are at the very least more optimistic in their squads than anything. Oakland and Houston have 32% and 12% confidence in their teams respectively, and both of them are still winless on the season. Perhaps it’s even blind optimism, but it is more optimism than Cowboys fans nonetheless.
A Cowboys win will (obviously) do a lot for confidence
If history is any indicator then a win on Sunday for Dallas would help boost things in the positive direction. Lions fans are 66% confident in their team, but to be fair they did just beat the New England Patriots on Sunday Night Football. That’ll make anybody feel invincible.
Detroit fans swung 48% upwardly this week so they may be as reactive as we are. Here’s to hoping they swing back the other direction on Sunday afternoon.