The Dallas Cowboys are now in their bye week. After dealing with much drama, frustration, and disappointment over the past four weeks, Dallas’ bye week comes at a very opportune time. In addition, Dallas goes into their bye after snapping a three-game losing streak. Their season is at stake.
What was once a promising start to the season now has everyone puzzled. After three games, Dallas was 3-0 for the first time since 2008. However, they went on a three-game losing streak, thus bringing the team back to its disappointing and mediocre form. But thanks to a hard-fought and decisive win against the Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas goes into their bye week with their head up.
Their losses to the New Orleans Saints, Green Bay Packers, and the New York Jets are tough pills to swallow. What went terribly wrong shifts from horrible play-calling to injuries, as well as the lack of concentration and resilience. Most of all, Dallas came into those games unprepared. To say it was a disaster is an understatement.
All of Dallas’ miscues in those losses speak for themselves. Head Coach Jason Garrett has been largely blamed for Dallas’ misfortunes. The horrible offensive play-calling is a source of friction and puts both Garrett and offensive coordinator Kellen Moore in a bad position. Same thing on the defensive side of the ball with defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli. In addition, the lack of production by the players adds insult to injury. Long story short, it’s been a team failure and not an individual failure.
In Dallas’ case, the finger cannot be pointed at just one person. Football is a team sport and when teamwork is not utilized then everyone must take responsibility. That’s been the case for Dallas during the team’s three-game losing streak; everyone making poor decisions.
Everything changed in Dallas’ 37-10 win against Philadelphia. The coaching staff and players were all on the same page. Dallas won in comfortable fashion through the use of being at least two steps ahead of Philadelphia. The Cowboys played through a different mindset; concentration. It ultimately led to a victory. Now it’s up to them to build on that victory.
Dallas is now in control of the NFC East. The Cowboys are 3-0 in NFC East play this season. Furthermore, Dallas is 13-2 in their last 15 NFC East matches. At this point, winning the NFC East is Dallas’ only way to securely book a spot in the playoffs. Not winning the division will make it very difficult to near impossible.
Their next game is against the New York Giants on November 4th. In addition, it’ll be the first time since 2003 where Dallas faces New York with a different quarterback leading the Giants offense. Despite Daniel Jones‘ struggles, Giants Head Coach Pat Shurmur confirmed that he’s not going back to Manning.
Dallas now has some more injuries to heal. Robert Quinn and Leighton Vander Esch both left the game against Philadelphia early but they’re expected to be fine. Furthermore, Tyron Smith and La’el Collins can further heal although they did play against the Eagles. Same with Amari Cooper although he didn’t appear to suffer any ill effects despite a quadriceps injury he suffered against the Jets.
The biggest goal of the bye week is to make sure everyone is healthy. A fully healthy team is Dallas’ only secure path into the playoffs. Aside from healthy, the team needs to be ready to go when they return to the field. The rest of their schedule is difficult.
At this point, there’s no more room for errors and losses. It’s up to them to save their season.