The Dallas Cowboys may have let their winning streak and pride get them stomped by the Denver Broncos.
This was similar to the 23-0 loss to the Indianapolis Colts in 2018 which humbled them
Many fans were disappointed how the Cowboys could not get in a rhythm offensively until late in the 4th quarter.
Even though it is not the results people wanted to see, but let’s discuss three observations from the 30-16 loss at home.
Dak Prescott cannot take weeks off
Dak Prescott probably had his worst game as a pro as he was pressured and off-target on at least 75 percent of his throws.
All-Pro left tackle Tyron Smith was not there to protect Prescott as he was very much needed.
Prescott finished the game 19-39, 232 yards, and 2 TD’s, in which the stats were misleading as the game was pretty much over after they were down 30-0.
Not sure if Prescott and the coaching staff were underplaying the calf injury, but his throws were erratic and too many times overthrew the receiver.
Prescott said in his press conference that the Broncos came out and whopped them in every aspect.
Dak Prescott: “I’m definitely shocked. They whooped us in every aspect. It’s something we’ll learn from. We just have to be better.”— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) November 7, 2021
Hopefully, Dak can learn from this disappointing loss and learn not to downplay a team no matter what their record says.
The offense lack of preparation showed the entire game
As we spoke about Prescott’s horrific performance, the receivers did not help the case.
They had numerous drops, which kept them behind the chains and killed drives.
Randy Gregory visibly upset on the sideline.— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) November 7, 2021
Broncos lead the Cowboys, 27-0. pic.twitter.com/1jVztKTObt
Amari Cooper, Ceedee Lamb, and Tony Pollard had key drops that could have given the offense a bit of life.
When everything else is going wrong, your playmakers cannot lack focus when you need big plays.
Cooper and Lamb have been making plays downfield and extending drives, but that was not the case today.
Both players are nursing injuries but the entire offense was not in sync starting on the first drive.
If they want to remain as a top team in the NFC, they need to play their style much like they did the last six games.
Run defense is still a major issue
In two out of the past three games, the defense has given up over 100 yards rushing.
Cowboys are without Neville Gallimore, Brent Urban, and Demarcus Lawrence who could help shore up the running game.
While they are still weeks away from returning, teams are imposing their will at running.
Denver’s running attack nearly rushed for 200 yards as they won the time of possession 41:12 to 18:48, which has been the lowest ever since opening AT&T Stadium.
The Cowboys did not make any moves before the trade deadline, instead will depend on the returns of those three.
Hopefully, Dan Quinn and his staff can get back in the film room to put players in better positions.