Mac Engel

Dallas Cowboys offense digs a new humiliating hole in Seattle

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) is sacked by Seattle Seahawks defensive end Dion Jordan, top, and defensive tackle Jarran Reed, bottom, during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018, in Seattle.
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) is sacked by Seattle Seahawks defensive end Dion Jordan, top, and defensive tackle Jarran Reed, bottom, during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018, in Seattle. AP

The Dallas Cowboys should trade for Earl Thomas on the condition that he not only play safety but wide receiver and quarterback, too.

The grumpy Seattle Seahawks safety wants to be a Cowboy, and at this point he should re-consider his position; the team he wants to play for is not the group that exists.

The Dallas Cowboys of 2016, when the team featured the NFL’s hottest young couple, is dead.

Or center Travis Frederick was the key to whole thing all along and we just didn’t know it.

The Cowboys’ 24-13 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday was as disheartening as any regular-season defeat since quarterback Dak Prescott took over. That includes their loss to the Seahawks on Christmas Eve last year.

They at least moved the ball in that game.

All of that RPO (run-pass option) that worked so well against the New York Giants in Week 2 was deleted from the playbook, despite the preference to see more of Dak’s running from Hall of Fame Cowboys GM Jerry Jones.

“I really don’t stand here questioning our play call,” Jerry said. “We tried everything our preparation was about. ... We will get on the right track offensively I’m sure.”

If that doesn’t sell tickets for next week’s Cowboys/Lions showdown nothing will.

With 12:50 remaining in the game on Sunday, the Cowboys trailed by 18 points. They had 154 yards of total offense, and seven first downs.

You don’t want to know the passing numbers. Start with terrible, and let your imagination to run wild.

“That’s it, we have to do a better job in the passing game,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. “It starts upfront with our ability to protect. You also have to make great decisions, throws and catches. We have not done a good enough job of that.”

For Garrett to say that about his quarterback is like Mother Teresa complaining about free food.

Garrett seldom toes the line of ripping a specific player in public, but on this he has no choice: For whatever reason, his quarterback is not making enough plays.

Any offensive superlative the Cowboys gained after they fell behind by 18 points is a giant bag of #FakeStats.

The Cowboys offensive stats gained in Seattle were no different than the hallow bag of numbers they accumulated in their Week 1 loss in Carolina. They moved the ball only when the Seahawks played soft in their attempt to kill the clock.

By that point on Sunday, Dak had not run the ball once. He hadn’t thrown for much, either.

Running back Ezekiel Elliott, who would go on to run for more than 100 yards, had his own first-half touchdown reception erased because he stepped out of bounds before he ran his route.

“I had no idea; that’s on me. I had terrible awareness of the sidelines. I gotta be better than that,” he said. “It’s poor execution. That’s all it is. We’re getting good looks.”

With under 11 minutes remaining in the game, when we thought the Cowboys could not possibly be any more inept on offense, Zeke ripped off his longest run of the season for 26 yards only to fumble it away.

That was the team’s second turnover of the afternoon. Whatever faint prayer they had of making this a game died with that play deep in Seahawks’ territory.

Their first turnover was a Dak interception that required a brilliant play from a brilliant player, Earl Thomas, who caught the ball near the ground against his shin.

Just for fun, Dak added one more interception late in the fourth quarter.

The Cowboys’ defense, which was going to maul an inferior Seahawks’ offensive line, was outplayed by a Seattle group that is closer to the Legion of Finished than the Legion of Boom.

Dak was sacked five times. He’s been sacked 11 times already this season.

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson went down twice, and completely outplayed his counterpart at the position.

“We’re not doing what winning teams do: We’re not protecting the quarterback,” guard Zack Martin said. “We’re turning it over. We’re getting in a hole, and that starts up front. We have to take a look in the mirror and be our biggest critics. Our biggest issue is protecting the quarterback.”

Another issue for the Cowboys, at least on Sunday, was running back Chris Carson. Does anyone know who Chris Carson is? It says here he plays for the Seahawks. He ran for more than 100 yards against the Hot Boyz.

On the bright side, Cowboys kicker Brett Maher nailed a 50-yard field goal and made another kick. So ... that’s kinda like winning.

The ugly is the ugly: The team’s receivers aren’t getting open, Dak is getting sacked and it’s effecting his play, and twice in three games the offense has moved the ball only after the game was done.

Earl Thomas would be an obvious upgrade for the Cowboys, but this team has serious holes on offense that not even a Hall of Fame safety can fill. Not unless he can play wide receiver, or quarterback, too.

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