However in actuality, it’s over. And perhaps it has been over for weeks now. Possibly it ended when the Cowboys misplaced quarterback Dak Prescott for the season in October.
The Cowboys continued to hold on the notion that something was potential contemplating the lackluster play of the NFC East, that all the pieces was nonetheless in entrance of them they usually simply wanted to place all of it collectively.
They’ll proceed to say that if they need — they’re simply two video games out of first place — however it can ring hole. It is a dangerous staff that does dangerous issues and might be a top-five decide in subsequent spring’s NFL draft.
The Cowboys have misplaced six of their previous seven video games and are assured their first dropping file since 2015. In his previous 40 video games, Mike McCarthy’s groups are 14-25-1.
After a 12-day break due to the Ravens’ COVID-19 outbreak, the Cowboys’ protection appeared like a unit that had not practiced in any respect. How else to elucidate giving up three rushes of a minimum of 30 yards within the first half? The Cowboys allowed greater than 200 yards on the bottom for the fourth time this season, essentially the most within the NFL. There have been 24 different 200-yard speeding video games allowed this season.
It wasn’t as dangerous as permitting a franchise-record 307 yards speeding to the Cleveland Browns in Week 4, however it was shut. Baltimore completed with 294 yards on the bottom, led Gus Edwards’ 101 yards. He wanted seven carries. Lamar Jackson had 94 yards on 13 carries. J.Ok. Dobbins had 71 yards on 11 carries.
Alas, it’s not as dangerous as 2000, when the Cowboys had 5 video games during which they allowed a minimum of 200 yards speeding. However they do have 4 video games left.
The Cowboys’ offense was practical, however nonetheless not explosive. The struggles within the pink zone continued (2-of-4). Andy Dalton was sacked simply as soon as however he didn’t have a completion of greater than 19 yards till the ultimate minute of the sport. He was additionally intercepted within the second quarter, which the Ravens was a one-play landing drive. If that sounds acquainted, it’s as a result of the Cowboys have been outscored 120-28 in factors off turnovers. Their minus-92 level margin is the biggest within the league.
Some marvel if the Cowboys ought to tank the remainder of their video games. How would anyone know in the event that they had been?
Largest gap within the sport plan: This won’t be the most important gap in a sport that was such a catastrophe, however why didn’t Ezekiel Elliott get the ball extra? He had extra yards within the first quarter than he had in all the Thanksgiving loss to Washington. Within the third quarter he opened the collection with runs of 14 and three yards and was pulled in favor of Tony Pollard. Whereas Pollard has carried out a pleasant job of filling in at instances for Elliott, Tuesday was not a type of nights. Elliott was decisive in his runs and was capable of break some tackles.
Troubling pattern: Greg Zuerlein entered Tuesday having made eight straight area objectives and hit a 31-yarder within the first quarter. He missed a 40-yarder within the second quarter (after a delay of sport penalty), a 53-yarder within the third quarter and a 52-yarder within the fourth quarter. He entered the sport with three misses on the season. As soon as referred to as “Greg the Leg,” Zuerlein is 1-of-6 on area objective makes an attempt of 50 yards or extra this season. His 5 misses from 50-plus are tied for essentially the most within the NFL. When a staff has no margin for error, the kicker simply can’t miss.