The Dallas Cowboys are 5-5 with six games to go starting with the Thanksgiving game against the Los Angeles Chargers.
However, the past two losses, at Atlanta and at home against Philadelphia, sting. Not just the losses, but how they lost.
Their strength — offense — has become a weakness, and that’s a surprise.
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“We haven’t been good enough,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said after the latest loss, to the Eagles on Sunday. “We haven’t been able to be consistent running the football, consistent throwing the football. I don’t think our pass protection has been as good as it needs to be.
“We just haven’t been able to attack defenses different ways like we’re capable of doing and like we have been doing at different points this year.”
RUN OFFENSE: B Alfred Morris had 17 carries for 91 yards. The Cowboys had 27 carries for 112 yards as a team. But in the end, it wasn’t good enough. It didn’t help the Cowboys convert third downs or get in the end zone.
PASS OFFENSE: F This was easily the worst performance of Dak Prescott’s career. He completed 18 of 31 passes for 145 yards with three interceptions. Two of the interceptions were on Prescott for forcing the ball. One interception was off Terrance Williams’ hands. Prescott was bad. But he didn’t get any help. Dez Bryant also had a dropped pass. The Cowboys have no playmakers on the outside.
RUN DEFENSE: F The Cowboys didn’t allow a 100-yard rusher. But Jay Ajayi gutted them for 91 yards on seven carries, including a 71-yard scamper. LaGarrett Blount had 57 yards on 13 carries, including a 30-yard run. The Cowboys also gave up another 17-yard run. The run defense without Sean Lee is abysmal, at best.
PASS DEFENSE: D Carson Wentz passed for 168 yards, but he tossed two touchdowns and was not sacked. Suddenly, DeMarcus Lawrence and David Irving can’t get to the quarterback and get him on the ground. Cornerback Anthony Brown dropped a potential game-changing interception and gave up a touchdown pass to Torrey Smith.
SPECIAL TEAMS: B Mike Nugent kicked three field goals. Chris Jones averaged 46.8 yards on five punts. Ryan Switzer set up the first score with a 61-yard kickoff return. He still has shown nothing on punt returns.
COACHING: F The Cowboys continued a seasonlong trend of failing to make halftime adjustments while watching the opposing team take control of the game in the third quarter. It has happened in four of the five losses. It was again a theme Sunday as the Eagles scored 30 unanswered points in the second half.