For the second straight week, we’re left scratching our heads at another disappointing performance from the Dallas Cowboys.
Overshadowed on Sunday afternoon was a 463-yard passing day for Dak Prescott and an 11-catch, 226-yard receiving day from Amari Cooper.
Michael Gallup also tossed in another 11 receptions for 113 yards, but the dynamic offensive performances were lost in a deflating 10-point loss at AT&T Stadium.
And, as so many times before, head coach Jason Garrett was left holding the blame for the Cowboys’ inability to execute against a good team.
The ineptitude Dallas has shown in the past two games is not in part to a lack of creativity or redundant playcalling. It’s simply players not taking advantage of the plays that are there.
In the past two games, the Cowboys offense has had the ball 22 times. Eight of those drives have resulted in a turnover or a missed field goal (two fumbles, four interceptions, two missed Fgs) – both losses.
Excluding turnovers and Brett Maher’s continued inadequate kicking, Dallas has scored on seven of their 14 possessions (in the past two weeks) – not to mention two of their non-scoring drives ended with a Randall Cobb drop and a 10-yard sack that knocked them out of field goal range.
In the Cowboys first three games, the offense had 25 possessions (excluding end of game kneels). They scored on 12 of those drives. In the 13 drives that didn’t end in points, the Cowboys only turned the ball over three times – won all three.
Yet, the narrative continues to remain focused on Garrett’s faults as a head coach. In comparison, as lethal as the Kansas City Chiefs offense is known to be, they have only scored on 12 of their last 25 offensive possessions. During that span, the offense turned the ball over twice. They are 2-1 over that stretch.
The Baltimore Ravens, the third-leading offense in the league in total offense, have scored on 10 of their last 23 offensive possessions. The 13 times the offense didn’t score six of those drives ended in turnovers – the Ravens went 1-1 over that stretch.
As simplistic and cliché as it may be the Cowboys losses bolis down to the offense not taking care of the ball. Over the past two games, Dallas is losing the turnover battle 6-1.
When reviewing turnover ratio, giveaways to takeaways, Dallas is accompanied by the Miami Dolphins, Arizona Cardinals, Jacksonville Jaguars and Denver Broncos – who are a combined 3-15-1.
The best teams include the New England Patriots, Green Bay Packers, San Francisco 49ers and Philadelphia Eagles – who are a combined 13-3.
You cannot understate how vital it is, for this team especially, to take care of the ball. With a defense who has failed to generate turnovers for years, Dallas cannot afford to get in their own way on offense.
Yes, it’s tiresome to watch this team display inconsistent performances each week. But a boycott for Garrett’s job when you’re still ahead in the division is premature at this point.
Especially, when the cause for their two straight losses is as simple as taking care of the football.
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