It has been a miserable start to the 2022 NFL season for the Dallas Cowboys. There really is no other way to put it.

Dallas failed to score a touchdown in the opener agains the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The offense looked all out of sorts and left the game with just three points scored in a 16-point loss.

To make matters worse, Dak Prescott is injured and will miss the next few weeks. The Cowboys looked awful even with Prescott behind center, so things will likely be even worse with No. 4 sidelined.

A lot of the trouble that the Dallas Cowboys are facing is self-inflicted. It did not have to be this way, but there is a lot of doom and gloom surrounding America’s Team in the early stages of the season.

Cowboys did this to themselves

Wide receiver play was troublesome on Sunday night, which only made the decisions to trade Amari Cooper and not re-sign Cedrick Wilson look that much worse. Dallas is relying on a wide receiver by committee approach that has already failed once.

The Cowboys, ironically, traded for Amari Cooper after experimenting with the same thing in 2018. Now with only CeeDee Lamb as a proven target, the Cowboys are relying on the likes of Dennis Houston, Simi Fehoko, and Noah Brown out wide.

All because the Cowboys did not want to pay Amari Cooper — who was already under contract anyways.

Furthermore, Terence Steele struggled at right tackle. That re-enforces how questionable the decision to move on from La’el Collins is. Dallas is forced to lean on rookie Tyler Smith at left tackle and Steele at right tackle with several questions surrounding the unit.

Again, it didn’t have to be this way. But the Cowboys made it so.

And that doesn’t even include letting Connor Williams walk in free agency. Williams played well in week one for the Miami Dolphins. Or failing to address the backup quarterback position in a meaningful manner.

The Dallas Cowboys look like a disaster right now — at least offensively. There is not a ton to be excited or optimistic about at this point. Now, the team must overcome a ton in order to even be competitive while Prescott is out.

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