EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — A year ago, the Dallas Cowboys had been in a a lot additional complicated spot than they are now following Sunday’s 24-22 loss to the previously winless New York Jets.
The Cowboys in 2018 had been three-five following eight games, needing a game to get issues with each other following trading for wide receiver Amari Cooper prior to turning issues about to finish 10-six, win the NFC East and win a playoff game.
The Cowboys’ three-three begin to this season, on the other hand, appears distinctive since of how excellent they looked in their 3-game winning streak to begin 2019 –granted, these wins came against teams that are a combined three-14 — and how poor they have looked in their 3-game losing streak.
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“Yeah, it is frustrating,” Cowboys operating back Ezekiel Elliott stated. “It really is a extended season. We’ve got a lot of football left. A lot can occur in these 10, 11 weeks. We just got to maintain grinding and get back to function. We cannot get discouraged. We have to be optimistic.”
Elliott and numerous Cowboys most likely stated some thing equivalent final season following their significantly less-than-scintillating begin.
But, guess who did not want to speak about final season? Dak Prescott.
“Final year is final year,” the quarterback stated. “It really is a distinctive group, distinctive persons. We know the guys that we have. We know the character that we have. We know what we can do. We’re not going to appear back at least year and say, ‘Oh, if we do this.’ We know what we have to do. … Our struggles final year that got us into that spot are entirely distinctive than the struggles that got us into this spot.
“We’re moving forward. This is a entire distinctive group. It really is three-three, but we have a enormous game subsequent week.”
Do you know what jump-began the Cowboys’ turnaround final season? A 27-20 win against the Philadelphia Eagles. Do you know who the Cowboys play subsequent? The similarly three-three Eagles at AT&T Stadium on Sunday at eight:20 p.m. ET (NBC).
Ryan Clark says it showed that the Cowboys did not come ready to face the Jets, and they are not playing like a group anticipated to show up in the playoffs.
The Cowboys’ Week 10 win final season kicked off a 5-game winning streak that carried them into the playoffs.
To beat the Eagles on Sunday, Dallas has to figure out a way to begin games far better. The Cowboys have faced deficits of 28 and 18 points in their previous two games.
Offensively, the Cowboys have gone 3 straight games without the need of a touchdown in the initial half. Defensively, they have provided up 11 runs of 10 yards or additional and 11 passes of 20 yards or additional in the 3-game losing streak. On unique teams, Brett Maher became the third spot-kicker in NFL history with a number of field objectives of at least 60 yards with a 62-yarder Sunday, but he missed a 40-yarder in the third quarter, providing him 4 misses on the season.
“It really is not the preparation,” linebacker Jaylon Smith stated. “It really is about coming out and performing it on game day. The coaches prepare us the correct way. For us, it is about going out on game day and placing it to function. We require to have a sense of urgency.”
There really should be no higher sense of urgency than against Philadelphia this week.
“I never know if I can say it is a season-defining game,” Elliott stated. “We are nevertheless tied for the lead in the division. We have to go out there and get a win. Subsequent week is a need to-win.”
Jerry Jones nevertheless has the highest of hopes for his group, but the loss to the Jets, additional than the losses to the New Orleans Saints and Green Bay Packers, has the Cowboys’ owner and common manager seeing the path to playoff results is additional about winning the division than gaining any type of dwelling-field benefit or initial-round bye.
“I believe it is all about exactly where you are in your division and that entire competitors against every single other and that competitors in the division,” Jones stated. “I believe that is exactly where it all is. Eventually, if you are a single of the definitely major teams, which we are not — we are not — I hope that some day this season we could be a single of the major teams. … I hope we can do far better than just win our division, despite the fact that I will take that correct right here in this circumstance. I would hope we could get up there and get a small unique positioning in the playoffs.”