The Dallas Cowboys entered the 2020 season with plenty of hype directed toward more than a playoff berth. However, it hasn’t played out anywhere near a promising start despite Dak Prescott‘s continued stellar play. Prescott has added another historic feat to this year, but it just further underlined the Cowboys’ biggest flaw.
Cowboys fall to the Browns
The Cowboys headed into Week 4 action against the Browns with the hopes of steering things back in the right direction.
However, it turned out to be much of the same, with them struggling to gather any command of the game against Cleveland. 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.
It was a contest that saw Dak Prescott nearly orchestrate 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. However, Prescott’s outing underlined something much more concerning about Dallas moving forward in 2020.
Dak Prescott makes NFL history that outlines the Cowboys’ biggest issue
The Cowboys entered Sunday hoping to get back on track but fell in the same patterns of all their early-season struggles.
Dak Prescott put forth another impressive performance with a career-high 502 passing yards with four touchdown passes in the loss. The outing made Prescott the first player in NFL history to have three consecutive games with at least 450 passing yards, according to Andrew Siciliano of The NFL Network.
Prescott has been nothing short than spectacular passing the ball as he’s guided the Cowboys toward being one of the NFL’s most productive offenses. It’s also seen stellar rookie CeeDee Lamb excel as he became just the fourth wideout in league history begin their career with four consecutive games of five-plus receptions.
The telling part of Prescott’s performances is the Cowboys’ defensive woes that have put them in this challenging spot to begin the 2020 season. According to NFL Research, Dallas became the second team in league history to allow at least 38 points in three straight games. The team is dealing with an injury to star linebacker Leighton Vander Esch, but it’s been much more than his absence.
Their secondary has been atrocious, leading to the continued outside push to sign former Pro Bowl safety Earl Thomas.
It has put tremendous pressure on Prescott to guide their offense forward to strong outings to allow the Cowboys an opportunity to secure wins. If that trend continues this season, it’s hard to envision them making a strong push to snag a playoff spot, let alone a deep postseason run.
Defensive woes could see another disastrous season in Dallas
The conversation around the Cowboys heading into the 2020 season centered on Dak Prescott’s contract situation.
However, Prescott has already proven that he’s worth a lucrative deal to keep him in Dallas for the next several years. It has been their underwhelming play defensively that should draw the most significant worry for the franchise.
Dallas has shown the inability to defend any opponent effectively, and their schedule doesn’t get any easier moving forward in 2020. The Cowboys still have to face the San Francisco 49ers, Pittsburgh Steelers, Baltimore Ravens, and Minnesota Vikings. If they don’t turn it around defensively, it could become a very long and disappointing campaign.