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Dak Prescott Just Lost a Critical Piece to His Protection

The Dallas Cowboys have fallen to a sluggish start to begin the 2020 season. It has seen them falter significantly defensively, contributing substantially to their shortcomings through the first month of games. The Cowboys offense just took another notable hit that makes things that much more difficult for Dak Prescott to guide the team forward.

Cowboys struggle to start the 2020 season

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The Cowboys came out crawling to begin the 2020 season after dropping three out of their first four games.

That has primarily occurred due to their defensive woes as they have allowed at least 38 points in their last three straight contests. It made them just the second team in league history to reach that disappointing mark, which further underlines their porous play defensively.

Dallas put that terrible play on display in the 49-38 home loss to the Cleveland Browns in Week 4, allowing 508 total offensive yards behind a season-worst 307 rushing yards. Cleveland controlled the game’s pace even with the Cowboys’ comeback attempt led by Dak Prescott’s career-high 502 passing yards and four touchdown passes.

Things have taken another disappointing turn as Dallas’ offense has been hit with the injury bug to a key contributor.

Joe Looney could be placed on IR

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Beyond the Cowboys’ inconsistent play through the first month of the 2020 season, the team has been hit hard with injuries.

That is once again the case as Dallas has taken another hit to their offensive line. Center Joe Looney has suffered a sprained MCL in his right knee that could land him on the three-week IR, according to Calvin Watkins of the Dallas Morning News.

Looney has played a significant part along their offensive line as he took over the starting spot after All-Pro center Travis Frederick retired last offseason. With him out of the lineup, rookie Tyler Biadasz will start with left guard Connor Williams as the backup. Biadasz has played in the last two games since Looney suffered an ankle injury in the Week 3 loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

The Cowboys have already lost right tackle La’el Collins for the season as he’s undergoing hip surgery. Pro Bowl left tackle Tyron Smith has missed two games this season with a neck injury but returned for Week 4 action against the Browns. It’s another massive hit that Dak Prescott will to work through to push the Cowboys forward in 2020.

Cowboys, Dak Prescott hoping to get back on track in Week 5

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There’s no way around it as the Cowboys have had an atrocious start to the season.

It has centered on their utter lack of defensive effectiveness that has guided them toward their 1-3 record. Dak Prescott is providing some sense of optimism behind his play as he became the first player to record at least 450 passing yards in three straight games.

The offense has looked explosive with their passing game leading the charge. Rookie wideout CeeDee Lamb has looked every bit a star talent. It has been their defensive woes that have put them in a tough spot. However, the Cowboys have the extreme benefit of playing in the worst division in the NFL as the Philadelphia Eagles lead the NFC East with a 1-2-1 record.

Dallas will have the opportunity to turn it around in Week 5 against the winless New York Giants, who many have pinned as one of the worst teams this season. The chance is there for the Cowboys to finally get back on the right to make a real push toward the playoffs.