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Far from perfect; Cowboys fall to Saints 12-10

Far from perfect; Cowboys fall to Saints 12-10

The world is falling apart as the Dallas Cowboys did the unthinkable this season. They lost a football game.  Yes, the Cowboys lose on the road to the New Orleans Saints 12-10 Sunday night. The Cowboys fall to 3-1 on the season but also looked like they might have more problems on the injury front. Multiple Cowboys defenders went down on their last series and tackle Tyron Smith looked to have a serious injury on the final Cowboys drive.

Dak Prescott was pedestrian the entire game and outside his one drive in the third quarter, he wasn’t that impressive. He went 22 for 33, throwing for 223 yards and one pick thrown on the final Hail Mary attempt.

Ezekiel Elliott only had 35 rushing yards on just 18 attempts and had one rushing touchdown.

Here are the top 3 observations:

3.)  The Cowboys’ defense has been a question mark through the first three games of the season. There were good moments but moments that made you cringe.  Tonight, the defense was nothing short of dominant.  Linebackers Leighton Vander Esch and Jaylon Smith helped stuff the run game and defensive end Robert Quinn had two sacks to dominate the trenches. The defense also forced an interception and held the Saints to just 266 yards and no touchdowns.  If any positives can come tonight, the defense can bring you some comfort.

2.)  The offense is in shambles in just one week.  What happened? The Cowboys offense looked like it reverted back to the old Scott Linehan days where it was conservative and ran the ball too much on first down.  Where were the pre-snap movements and the creativity?  This was not the offense the fans have been cheering on the last few weeks. Dallas was held to just 257 total yards of offense, 45 rushing and 212 passing.  They turned it over two times and the offensive line couldn’t handle the pressure the Saints were bringing.  This was simple a bad day for the offense and whiz kid Kellen Moore will need to get back to work to fix it.

3.)  The injuries are the biggest concern for the Cowboys.  While you can recover from a loss and get better playing on the offensive side of the ball, the injuries can hurt you.  On the final drives, it looked like Demarcus Lawrence, Leighton Vander Esch,  Xavier Woods were all dinged up and forced off the field.  The biggest concern was the injury to tackle Tyron Smith. Smith was rolled up on the first play of the final drive and looked badly injured.  He needed assistance off the field and that is something the Cowboys hope isn’t too serious going forward.

Look Cowboys fans shouldn’t worry too much, it is just one game.  You just hope this team wasn’t exposed as team that might not be as dominant as we thought.

Staff writer covering the Dallas Cowboys | A DFW native, EA has grown to love his local teams with a fury. His passion for sports led him to get a degree in Journalism from the University of North Texas. He has aspirations to be a sports writer and radio host. He has articles in multiple publications online, including The Dallas Morning News. He also is a part-time host on 103.3 FM ESPN Dallas' "Game Night" and a co-host on the Internet Radio Show "Best for Business"

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