By Martin Rogers
FOX Sports activities Columnist
The Dallas Cowboys are not any strangers to dropping Week 1 video games in latest instances, and surrendering one other one on Sunday evening wasn’t such an almighty shock, given the opposition.
But it surely was the whole lot else that was misplaced on a dismal evening in Arlington that added as much as a calamity – dropping a quarterback for an indeterminate time frame, dropping religion within the offensive unit, sustaining the one defeat by an NFC East staff to slide to the underside of the division – that added as much as a painful risk.
That already, with professional soccer solely simply cranked into life as soon as once more, their season is vulnerable to being misplaced, too.
“The Cowboys aren’t officially eliminated but they are unofficially eliminated,” FS1’s Shannon Sharpe mentioned, on “Undisputed,” following the staff’s 19-3 defeat to Tom Brady’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers. “The offense isn’t talented enough, and defensively Micah Parsons is the only guy to worry about.”
Dak Prescott, Cowboys fall to Bucs 19-3 in Week 1 opener
Shannon Sharpe reacts to Cowboys’ loss to Brady, Bucs in Week 1.
Issues did not look good earlier than Dak Prescott sustained a fourth-quarter joint harm to his proper thumb, and so they bought decidedly worse afterward. Their $40-million-a-year QB wants surgical procedure – and a minimum of six weeks on the sidelines.
And, identical to that, the air went out of the Cowboys season. All of the optimism spawned from final 12 months’s 12-5 effort, full with a division title — poof.
All of the hopes that Prescott may take an extra step ahead, that he and CeeDee Lamb may type a worthwhile connection, and that even with the departure of Amari Cooper and a pair of linemen, Dallas had the soundness and expertise to prosper.
Now, all of it simply seems like summer season chatter, sizzling takes for the recent months that imply nothing as soon as precise play begins.
“There must be worse ways to start a season,” wrote David Moore within the Dallas Morning Information. “Excuse the Cowboys if they can’t come up with any examples at the moment.”
Why does it all the time appear to go that approach? Lengthy-suffering Dallas followers know that nobody goes to really feel sorry for them, however it’s perplexing as to why the staff can not seem to get out of the blocks to start a marketing campaign. Coincidence? A curse?
Prescott is simply 2-5 in Week 1 video games, belying his profession regular-season file of 53-33, but not all losses are created equal. Twelve months in the past it was the Bucs once more to get issues began, however a minimum of there have been loads of positives to return out of a slim defeat that appeared to bode properly.
Not this time. The Dallas offense was flat and with out sparkle. Prescott threw for 14-of-29 and 134 yards, with an interception. It wasn’t a lot of a sport, frankly. Brady and Tampa ticked off a victory with out ever approaching full throttle.
It’s an everlasting puzzle why issues so often appear to show bitter for the Cowboys – and so rapidly. Who’d have thought it will appear to be this earlier than the complete slate of Week 1 video games was even finished?
The most recent collapse results in the gnawing undeniable fact that the largest franchise in American sports activities, with a military of nationwide followers and an proprietor unafraid to spend lavishly, has not been to a Tremendous Bowl for almost three many years.
Sure, we’re just one sport in and that is the time when overreactions are all the time at their most vehement. However even the gloomiest changes for the Cowboys appear proper on level.
“This is game one,” Prescott informed reporters. “Let’s not hit the panic [button] as if we just can’t do anything on offense. We have a great coaching staff. They’ll get back in there and they’ll find the things that we did well.”
Cooper Rush is projected to step in under center, though there must be at least some consideration being given to acquiring an upgraded stopgap, like Pittsburgh Steelers No. 3 Mason Rudolph or former San Francisco 49ers starter Jimmy Garoppolo.
Replacement QBs don’t exactly elicit fond memories in Cowboy Nation at present. Remember Ben DiNucci? Cowboys fans don’t want to.
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It is hard to say what the most difficult part of Sunday was for those devoted to Dallas, either the realization that Prescott is now out of the picture until possibly the midway point of the season, or that they didn’t look any good before the injury.
With the next five weeks comprised of three division games and matchups with both of last year’s Super Bowl teams – the Cincinnati Bengals and the Los Angeles Rams – things could get away from the Cowboys in a hurry.
Even in mid-September, few would have expected the team to be looking up at the Washington Commanders, New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles.
Prescott says there is no reason to panic, which is the sort of thing he should say, must say and that you’d completely expect him to say.
But if not now, with hope eroding, then when?
Martin Rogers is a columnist for FOX Sports and the author of the FOX Sports Insider newsletter. Follow him on Twitter at @MRogersFOX and subscribe to the every day publication.
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