We are officially out the other end of the Thanksgiving tunnel and the Dallas Cowboys have six losses to their name. Dallas only lost six games through all of last season so odds are they add to that total this year with four games left. You never know, but optimism is certainly low.
All of this had us thinking, which is the worst loss of the season? There are a lot of ways to “value” a loss and so here is a rank of them in order of most disappointing to least.
We’ll go in ascending order. So this will actually be from least disappointing to most. Vamonos.
6 - Green Bay Packers
It’s never great losing to the Packers and while the Cowboys seem to have a complex with Aaron Rodgers, the reality is that losing to a team of that quality is hardly disappointing.
Sure you want to win, but it’s the Packers. And Aaron Rodgers. It’s far more understandable if you lose to a team of that caliber and what’s more is that the Cowboys fell down 31-3 to Green Bay at one point. Expecting to win when that’s the case is unrealistic and therefore makes this loss the least disappointing.
5 - New Orleans Saints
Losing to a team that doesn’t score a single touchdown is hardly an easy pill to swallow, but the Saints are one of the best teams in the NFL. What’s more is that they have one of the best coaches in the league in Sean Payton and he was masterful against the Cowboys.
This was also the first loss of the season. Not too bad.
4 - Buffalo Bills
This wound is fresh which might have people putting it a bit higher on their own lists, but this game is kind of like the Packers one in my opinion. While the Cowboys did get off to a “fast start” they were never really in this game as Buffalo routed them.
It’s hard to win games that you’re not in. Buffalo was far better than the Cowboys which is why losing to them isn’t this “ugh” sort of thing.
3 - New England Patriots
You’d think that losing to the Patriots would be an easier pill to swallow than anything given who they are, but the Cowboys were very much in this game.
They had New England. They had them. Failing to score a touchdown while entering the game as the league’s top offense was unacceptable and if they’d been able to do so they likely would have won the game.
It would have also helped if they had prepared for the weather. Maybe.
2 - New York Jets
We tweeted about this whole conversation over on the BTB account and got a lot of people responding that this loss was number one for them. While I totally understand that (it’s the Jets) for me this has some of the elements that the Packers game did as well.
The Cowboys trailed 21-3. It’s hard to come back from that. While I can acknowledge who the opponent was, the reality was that this game became very difficult for them to win after it started.
It doesn’t make it any less embarrassing, unfortunately.
1 - Minnesota Vikings
This is the worst one of the season for me. The Cowboys had it down near the end and only lost because of their own shortcomings. You simply cannot afford to do that in the NFL.
What’s more is that this game had a little bit of everything that summarizes these Cowboys. They took the ball out of their most dominant player’s hands in Dak Prescott and had an unbelievable coaching blunder on communication with the Tavon Austin fair catch. It’s amazing that these things happened at the NFL level.
What’s the most disappointing loss of the season in your opinion?
This poll is closed
New Orleans Saints
Green Bay Packers
New York Jets
New England Patriots