February 1, 2023

Dallas QB Dak Prescott and the Cowboys fail out of the playoffs again

QB Dak Prescott couldn’t get it done for Dallas.

QB Dak Prescott couldn’t get it accomplished for Dallas.
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One more NFL period ends in disappointment for the Dallas Cowboys soon after slipping to the San Francisco 49ers, 19-12, in the divisional round. Following massive losses, we normally want to know who will get the most blame. You surely cannot blame Dallas’ defense, as they held a scorching Niners offense under 20 details. This activity was there for the Cowboys to choose control, but it came down to Dak Prescott and the offense’s inability to occur as a result of in the clutch.

This match was restricted all the way through, but Dallas in the long run bumped their head from that ceiling they continuously strike. The Cowboys unsuccessful to reside up to the hype the moment once more, no matter whether it’s the quarterback, coaching staff members, or the owner’s fault. There was so much excitement very last 7 days after Dallas demolished a hardly-standing Tampa Bay team in the wild card round. Sunday in opposition to the Niners, the Cowboys’ offense seemed like a fully distinct group.

Hits and mostly misses

Getting rid of operating again Tony Pollard in the second quarter to a fractured fibula certainly hampered Dallas for the second fifty percent, making them much more predictable. With out Pollard in the backfield, the Cowboys deficiency that major playmaker who presents the offense that explosiveness that Ezekiel Elliot has not been in a position to provide in decades. In the times main up to this playoff sport, a athletics radio individuality on 105.3 The Admirer in Dallas wished for an personal injury to befall Christian McCaffrey. He probably won’t be executing that in the future.

When Pollard was dominated out for the remainder of the video game, the 49ers and all people else understood it was all on the shoulders of one Rayne Dakota Prescott. Even when plays have been there for Dak, he couldn’t hit targets regularly. Dallas was the No. 4 scoring offense in the standard year averaging 27.5 points for each recreation. They scored 6 factors in each and every 50 % from San Francisco. The Niners gave up 16ppg this calendar year, and Prescott and the offense couldn’t get there. Nonetheless, for some purpose, a lot of proceed to purchase into the hoopla about Dallas each and every year. Prescott is excellent, not great, and he’s much from the elite of the NFL. It’s previous time to deal with that fact.

San Francisco’s offense was not significantly to create household about either, but that’s because Dallas’ defense performed its ass off but got really minor from the other side of the ball. Speak about no enable by any means this Cowboys defense, led by Micah Parsons, only gave up 19 points to a Niners offense averaging 30 ppg throughout an 11-game successful streak moving into this matchup. Dallas bottled up Christian McCaffrey for most of the match, holding him to 57 overall yards, while he scored a landing.

Enable required in Dallas

If you are the Cowboys, your offense have to uncover a way to win a activity like this. Your $160 million-greenback QB has to do a superior career converting on 3rd down. The Cowboys ended up 5 of 15 on 3rd down in the activity, and way too a lot of were being 3rd and extended cases. Individuals acquired upset when Jerry Jones claimed he “overpaid” for Prescott in the push convention adhering to Dak’s tremendous extension signing a couple of decades back. Jones downplayed his text and remodeled that into a halfhearted compliment, but with every playoff failure next that offer, individuals terms will certainly cross his brain. And after Jones learns that Prescott is the to start with Cowboys QB to throw several interceptions in a playoff match because Troy Aikman in 1998 he’ll possibly reduce his lunch. But at the very least Dak’s in fantastic organization. Tony Romo simply cannot even say that.

One more great case in point of art imitating existence. We spend so a great deal consideration to what’s flashy however has no compound, like the Cowboys for approximately 30 yrs, and neglect a staff like the Cincinnati Bengals, who will participate in in their second straight AFC championship video game. Joe Burrow is even overshadowed by Josh Allen, whom he outplayed in their divisional round game Sunday. We regularly hear far more about Dallas in a day than we do about Cincy in two weeks. Burrow has achieved far more in three yrs in the NFL than Prescott has in 7. Two AFC title game titles and a Tremendous Bowl overall look for Burrow. Prescott has none of the higher than.

It is long past time that Cowboys followers understand this is who they are. All this staff does is tease and make you believe they are finally all set to make a operate to the Tremendous Bowl. In the same way lovers experienced to experience points about Romo and his potential to get huge games, it is time to encounter that truth with Dak. It is not probable to materialize at any time quickly.

Now the Cowboys head into yet another offseason questioning what took place. Apart from currently being stuck with Prescott, Mike McCarthy has possible overstayed his welcome. Sean Payton ain’t strolling into that locker home. A head coaching swap may well be the best way to boost this workforce past that psychological roadblock. But, knowing Jones, that probably won’t transpire immediately after again-to-again 12-gain seasons. Dallas is trapped in the mud with no apparent way out.