I swear it’s Groundhog Day each Monday being a Dallas Cowboys fan.
Every sport the Cowboys have principally self-destructed both on offence or on defence. This weekend in opposition to Cleveland it was each.
As the saying goes, don’t get beat by what you realize, and each soccer fan, analyst and media persona is aware of that the Browns are a run-first soccer workforce. With Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt they clearly have the perfect one-two punch within the NFL, and the Cowboys, to place it merely, have been an absolute shame on the defensive aspect of the ball.
After the trick play during which Jarvis Landry threw a landing move to Odell Beckham to place the Browns up by seven early within the first quarter, Dak Prescott and the Cowboys offence was cooking. Prescott was spraying the ball everywhere in the subject and the Browns couldn’t cease them. Going up 14-7 within the first quarter, you would have been forgiven for pondering that the Cowboys have been on monitor to blow out Cleveland.
They have been effectively on their manner till the standard damaging performs occurred. The Browns have been confronted with a primary and 20 after a holding penalty. Baker Mayfield threw a brief move for not more than 5 yards, which might have put them in a second and 15 and behind the chains however for a foolish facemask penalty from Jaylon Smith. It saved the drive alive and the Browns marched all the best way all the way down to the tip zone to make it 14-14.
Still, it was a very good place for Dallas, with loads of time and the offence buzzing. Confidence was excessive. Then got here the Prescott fumble from Myles Garrett, and with the ensuing turnover Cleveland punched it in to go up 21-14.
At this stage there was nonetheless no cause to panic, because the Cowboys received the ball once more and the primary play was an enormous 24 yard run from Ezekiel Elliott all the best way as much as the Dallas 49-yard line they usually have been again, or so we thought. Elliott fumbled the ball on midway and Cleveland recovered. As with the earlier turnover, Mayfield took benefit, discovering the tip zone once more to go up 28-14. The sport had began to have a remarkably acquainted really feel to it.
With the subsequent possession Dallas was pressured to punt because the offence misplaced its rhythm. Cleveland went 71 yards in 13 performs to kick a subject aim on the stroke of halftime to take a 31-14 lead into the principle break, and they’d get the ball to start out the half too. The second quarter was ugly, Dallas outscored 24-Zero by the Browns.
Coming out after halftime Dallas wanted a cease, however they have been an absolute shambles, permitting the Browns to go 65 yards in seven performs as they discovered the tip zone to go up 38-14. For all cash the sport was successfully over. Well, it ought to have been.
After that Dallas needed to get transferring. Prescott has been on this place in each sport and he needed to throw his aspect out of a tricky spot but once more. Boy did he do it. Back-to-back touchdowns with two-point conversions received Dallas again to a three-point deficit. With a small over 4 minutes remaining and a timeout nonetheless of their pocket, the Cowboys have been on monitor for an additional exceptional comeback.
However, the downfall for Dallas all yr has been their defence and after they wanted to make a stand one final time, as that they had pressured Cleveland to punt on their final two possessions, they laid an egg, permitting Odell Beckham to go on a 50-yard operating landing run to ice the sport with the primary play of the drive.
To rub salt into the injuries, Dallas blocked the ensuing additional level just for Jaylon Smith to muff the restoration. The Browns collected the ball ultimately zone for a two-point play to completely sum up how unhealthy of a day the defence had.
To sum up how unhealthy the Dallas defence was, they gave up a monster 307 dashing yards – 95 yards to D’Ernest Johnson, 73 to Odell Beckham, 71 to Kareem Hunt and 43 to Nick Chubb as they pressured it down the throat of the Cowboys horrible defence.
As regular Dallas had extra move yards and extra complete yards than their opponents however once more got here up quick to go to 1-Three on their season. Prescott threw for a mammoth 502 yards and 4 touchdowns with one intercept, however he was taking part in catch up from midway via the second quarter.
Rob Marinelli and Kris Richard would have been sitting again chuckling at what they have been witnessing, as would have your complete NFL. It was embarrassing. After one other efficiency love this, modifications are going to need to be made, whether or not they be on the sideline with coaches or, as many have advised, some much-needed defensive assist, with Earl Thomas nonetheless sitting on the sofa as a free agent.
At this level Dallas should chew the bullet and go for the protection. Some school groups would have the ability to run over this defence. It wants fixing and fast. Luckily they’re in a horrible division, and if the Eagles lose to the 49ers later immediately, they may nonetheless be in first-placed within the NFC East, so all shouldn’t be misplaced.
Dallas has hit a brand new low immediately, and absolutely Jerry Jones can not sit on his fingers any longer. He is losing nice quarterback play by Prescott just because his defence can’t cease a toddler after immediately’s effort. They must get some defensive assist, in any other case their season might be over earlier than it even has an opportunity to get going.
At this stage of the season and after a efficiency love that, including Earl Thomas to the roster is solely the minimal requirement to any extent further because the workforce can not go on love this anymore. Step up, Jerry, and make the powerful selections.