Well where do we start in regards to Sunday’s performance against the Carolina Panthers? It was obvious that we saw some good, some bad, and some ugly. More ugly and bad but still some good. Here are some of my takeaways from the game.
First and foremost it was key for Dallas to establish a few things initially in the game. One of which was a running game which they didn’t do until the 4th quarter. Sorry Charlie (I just wanted to use this here) but this will not cut it. Second, the Cowboys didn’t really contain Cam that well. Finally, our special teams and offense just flat out stink (nicest word I could think of right here).
Alright, let’s get down to the nitty gritty.
The Bad and Ugly:
- Dak Prescott looked horrendous. My goodness, Prescott not only couldn’t throw beyond five yards, but he also couldn’t hit a receiver in stride. Dak looked shaken, confused, and basically like Sam Bradford (yep, I went there). Not only was it upsetting that he couldn’t hit a receiver, what made things worse is that he didn’t even try to run when he had open lanes for easy first downs. This is not going to win you games, and this certainly does not bode well for a guy whose looking to lead America’s team.
- Bill, Bob, Brett, Brent Maher? Actually it’s Brett Maher and sorry dude but you sure did mess up your only shot on Sunday. Not only did this allow for more fuel to the fire, but it didn’t even look like you had confidence stepping up to that kick. Maybe its jitters but it sure was not fun to watch.
- Oh Line. Yep, our offense is going to be the weak spot this season because our offensive line is in shambles. Not only did our rookie look like a rookie, but the rest of the line just didn’t seem in sync. This could be chalked up to the fact that we’ve had several players in and out. I’m hoping this is the case.
- Creativity was non-existent. The Cowboys seemed to play bland football until the fourth quarter. Heck, in the first half it was very confusing to me as to what they were trying to do going three and out so fast. Adjustments were also hard to come by. Garrett and Linehan better shape up or ship out.
- Our defense not only looked stout but they didn’t give up. What is surprising is that the time of possession was actually close to even (+/-30 minutes for both teams). They sacked Cam three times and they forced a fumble. Also, they kept the Panthers at a respectable 33% conversion rate on 3rd
- Dallas did fairly well in keeping Newton in check for most of the game. He did have opportunities early and he did capitalize on them. But the defense actually made adjustments and tightened up in the second half. The Panthers were 2/5 in the redzone which shows how tough it was for them to score.
Now with a big time NFC East matchup right around the corner the team is under the gun to right the ship.