The Dallas Cowboys went out and played what felt like their most complete game of the year in their 49-17 destruction of the New York Giants. It marked the fifth time this season the Cowboys had beaten their opponent by 20 or more points. The team is 6-3, and over the past month Dak Prescott and the offense have been on a tear. Prescott and CeeDee Lamb are playing like two of the best offensive players in the league, and they always have Micah Parsons on defense, plus DaRon Bland continues his excellence at cornerback.
All of that should instill some confidence in the direction of the franchise. We wanted to test that by asking the Cowboys fanbase if they are confident in the direction of the franchise. The results are surprisingly lower than you would think. Only 73% of fans are confident.
To be fair, that number is creeping back up. And beating up on a bad team like the Giants with Tommy DeVito at quarterback isn’t exactly like beating the ‘72 Dolphins. Still, over a quarter of fans are not feeling it yet.
We’ve been asking this question since the beginning of the season on a weekly basis. After the opening blowouts of the New York teams, confidence was at an all-time high of 97%. Then came the Arizona Cardinals game which dropped it to 46%, but a rout of New England sent it back up to 80%.
Then came the real drop. The Week 5 humiliation by the San Francisco 49ers tanked the confidence level, sending it down to 8%. It’s been a slow climb back up since then to the current point of 73%. That probably says more about the Cowboys and their post-season prospects than it does about the current moment. The 49ers represent a quality team, the kind the Cowboys will need to beat in the playoffs, and they once again showed they weren't ready in that Week 5 defeat.
The Cowboys are beating up on bad and mediocre teams, but have yet to top teams like the Eagles and 49ers. Until they do that, there will be some lingering doubts.
Hit the comments and let us know why you are, or are not, confident in the direction for the team.