It has been nothing short of a disappointing start out of the gate to the 2020 season for the Dallas Cowboys. They have dropped three out of their first four games with much coming in the way of their defensive woes. That continued against the Cleveland Browns, who put forth a stellar offensive outing that left the Cowboys reeling defensively. Following the game, star quarterback Dak Prescott made a strong statement about his commitment to the franchise.
Dallas’ abysmal display against the Browns
The Cowboys had the prime opportunity to return to the .500 mark on the season in Week 4 action against the Cleveland Browns.
Instead, Dallas’s defensive woes piled up that saw Cleveland take advantage of those shortcomings. The Browns held firm control with their balanced offensive attack guiding them forward with 508 total offensive yards, behind a season-high 307 rushing yards in the 49-38 road win.
Star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. continued his dominance against the Cowboys as he had 154 total yards that included five catches for 81 receiving yards and two touchdowns. He capped off his stellar outing with a 50-yard touchdown run on a reverse to seal the win.
All that came after Dak Prescott nearly orchestrated a comeback with the Cowboys scoring 24 points in the fourth quarter to pull within 41-38 with under four minutes left in the period. Following the game, Prescott made his most telling remarks so far during the 2020 season.
Dak Prescott will take wins over passing records
The Cowboys have struggled to find any consistency through the first month of the 2020 season.
However, it has seen Dak Prescott stepped up his game offensively to historical portions. He has become the first player to post three straight games with at least 450 passing yards, but the team has lost each of those contests. With that in mind, Prescott has voiced that he would trade that all in for wins, according to Todd Archer of ESPN.
“Not at all,” said Prescott, when asked if the passing record mattered to him. “I’d give all those yards back for a different record. I care about one stat and that’s to win, so when we don’t do that no other stats matter.”
Prescott has given the Cowboys every chance offensively to succeed; it’s come down to their defensive issues. Dallas has some significant problems defensively that put a ton of pressure on the offense to carry the slack to overcome those shortcomings.
If the Cowboys hope to turn their season around, it must start defensively the rest of the way.
Defensive woes could be a common thread for the 2020 season
It has become crystal clear where the Cowboys must improve to make a playoff push.
Dallas has the massive fortune to be playing in arguably the worst division in the NFL. The Philadelphia Eagles are currently in first place, holding a 1-2-1 record through the first four games. The Cowboys will have every opportunity to secure a playoff berth with other teams in the division having significant flaws.
It has seen their struggles on that side of the ball continue to put them behind the eight ball. According to NFL Research, their porous outing against the Browns made them only the second team in league history to allow at least 38 points in three straight games.
The Cowboys offense led by Prescott will continue to give them opportunities to right the ship after a slow start. It will come down to their defense making the necessary improvements if they hope to have a chance to contend for the playoffs.