Decidedly worse, in reality.
Tailback Ezekiel Elliott lost two fumbles. Wide recipient Michael Gallup fell a prospective touchdown pass. Dalton threw one interception in an egregiously missed pass interference call from the officers and yet another with no excuse. Coach Mike McCarthy plotted in the officials in the sideline. The accidents continued to pile up across the line.
And that the Cowboys dropped in convincing fashion into the Arizona Cardinals, 38-10, in Arlington, Tex.
“We kept handing it to them,” Dalton stated afterward. “And starting the second half, the same thing. There’s some good things that we can take away, but there’s a lot of areas that we need to improve. I think it’s one of those things where everybody has to look at themselves. I’ve got to be better. I’ve got to do a better job out there in giving our guys chances. We’ll look at this one, and we’ll move on from it.”
It was so awful being in first position at the pitiable NFC East does not even look like a great deal of consolation no more. The Cowboys just are no good right now.
Their listing is 2-4, along with the wins have come courtesy of a miraculous comeback against the Atlanta Falcons, who helped out by being blindsided with a turning onside kick recovered from the Cowboys, and onto a field goal as time expired against the then-winless New York Giants. The Cowboys have enabled 218 points, the most by an NFL team through six matches in 66 decades (or 59 years should you include teams in the AFL).
Dalton has been the longtime starter for its Cincinnati Bengals, a three-time Pro Bowl choice with five playoff seasons together. He is one of the league’s most accomplished backup quarterbacks. Some NFL observers had indicated that, without Prescott, that the Cowboys would return to becoming a run-first team comprising Elliott, while Dalton possibly would contribute only enough in the passing game for them to get in this weak division.
That’s how it performed Monday. Far out of it.
Guard Zack Martin left to be assessed for a possible concussion and didn’t return. The Cowboys’ offensive lineup once was highly renowned. Now it’s in shambles. Center Travis Frederick retired from the offseason. Left handle Tyron Smith simply undergone season-ending throat operation. Right handle La’el Collins has not played all year and failed hip surgery.
Elliott hasn’t been a fumbler. Entering this year, he had missing over just two fumbles in a year. He lost two fumbles in the first half Monday, each leading into a Arizona touchdown. He has lost four fumbles this year.
“I want to say I’m sorry,” Elliott told reporters following the match. “This one is on me.”
Gallup had the football bounce off his hands what might have been a touchdown grab in the last minutes of the first half. The Cowboys settled for a field goal and trailed 21-3 in halftime. Dalton was intercepted by Cardinals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick about the opening possession of the second half, on a drama on that Kirkpatrick all but handled Cowboys rookie wide receiver CeeDee Lamb on Lamb’s route. The officials strangely did not throw a flag. That also put a Cardinals touchdown.
“We’re hurting ourselves with turnovers,” Dalton said. “We’ve got to get this fixed. It’s been a trend this year, especially early in games. … We’ve got to get this fixed. The ball is the most important thing, and we can’t be handing it to the other team.”
The Cowboys were on the wrong end of several debatable calls Monday, and McCarthy voiced his displeasure throughout the match. But the majority of the woes have been of their own doing. Dalton was intercepted by Arizona security Budda Baker at a 34-for-54, 266-yard passing performance. He did possess a decorative late touchdown pass to wideout Amari Cooper before rookie quarterback Ben DiNucci completed the match.
McCarthy obtained a Super Bowl training the Green Bay Packers and had been hired by owner Jerry Jones following the dismissal of Jason Garrett following last year’s 8-8 disappointment. At this stage, another. 500 year appears to be an overly ambitious aim.