Look, I'm a NY Giants fan so the idea that the Cowboys are in disarray doesn't make me weep. My team is so much worse so there is no sympathy there, and the fact that they are division rivals for decades helps fuel the fire. But...the Dallas Cowboys being good is good for the NFL. They were a glamour team through the late 60's and 70's when they were known as "America's Team" and then regained their prominence in the 90's with Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith, Michael Irvin, and Jimmy Johnson. But they have been horrid for 20+ years now. It's time for the coach to be fired. They aren't taking advantage of the talent they have now, and they are boring to watch. There is a power vacuum in the East of the NFC and I'm hoping that they rebound soon.
ARLINGTON, Texas -- On the second play from scrimmage, Amari Cooper caught his first pass with the Dallas Cowboys for an 11-yard gain, leading the fans to yell, “Coooooop.” By the end of the third quarter, the "Coooop" had turned to boos.
The Cowboys are only at the midway point of the season, but Monday's 28-14 loss to the Tennessee Titans seemed crushing.
The Cowboys felt energized by the trade with the Oakland Raiders for Cooper as well as the change from Paul Alexander to Marc Colombo at offensive line coach. Coming off the bye week, they felt like they had a solid week of preparation with quarterback Dak Prescott calling it "chippy," but in a good way.
"When you've played eight games and only won three, that's a cause for concern," said owner and general manager Jerry Jones, who added there is no scenario in which he would make an in-season head coaching change with Jason Garrett.
On the Cowboys' third possession, Prescott forced a pass to a double-covered Cooper in the end zone from the Tennessee 6-yard line on second down. Instead of another chance on third down or a chip-shot field goal, Prescott went to his new weapon haphazardly and was intercepted.
The Titans answered with a 15-play, 80-yard drive to tie the game.
"That was the difference, simple as that," Prescott said. "Our defense gets us a turnover there. We're up seven points. We go down there and I try to force the ball and give it right back to them. That's a 14-point swing. They go back down the other end and get a touchdown and tie it up. It's 14-0 if we convert on that. So I mean that's the difference right there, 14 points."
On the Cowboys' first possession of the second half, Prescott was sacked by Jayon Brown and fumbled. Wesley Woodyard recovered, and like the Titans did after Prescott's first turnover, they turned it into a touchdown for a 21-14 lead.