Following a hot start to the 2019 season, the Dallas Cowboys have quickly headed in the opposite direction, dropping their last three contests. It was capped off by a disappointing loss in Week 6 to the winless New York Jets, which has led team owner Jerry Jones to voice an ardent assessment of his team.
Cowboys’ disappointing tumble south
Dallas rolled through the first three games of the season cruising to the top spot in the NFC East behind an undefeated mark.
Pro Bowl quarterback Dak Prescott put forth some of the best football of his career that created outside momentum around him towards earning a new lucrative extension. Through the first three games, he has passed for 920 yards on a 74.4 percent completion rate with nine touchdown passes to two interceptions, along with 11 rushes for 88 yards and a touchdown.
Their early-season success was shortlived after suffering three straight losses that have pushed them into a virtual tie with the Philadelphia Eagles for the top spot in the division. The Cowboys offense has stumbled during that span, averaging 18.7 points, while Prescott has thrown four interceptions and a passer rating below 90 in each contest.
These shortcomings have led Jones to air out his frustrations concerning the team following Sunday’s loss to the Jets.
Jerry Jones believes Cowboys are not a top team
The previous three weeks for the Cowboys have been a difficult stretch for the franchise, falling entirely out of one of the best records in the league.
This string of losses by Dallas capped off by a narrow loss against the Jets has led Jones to voice that he doesn’t believe his team is one of the top teams in the NFL this season, according to Jeremy Bergman of NFL.com.
“Now, ultimately, if you’re one of the really top teams, which we’re not, we are not… I hope that someday this season we could be one of the top teams. We certainly were not tonight. I hope that we can do better than just win our division, although I’ll take that right now in this circumstance. But I hope that we can get out there and get a little special positioning in the playoffs.”
Dallas is in a thick of a tough stretch of games where they struggled to get any consistent offensive footing. The team has fallen back down to the offensive woes that have prevented them from truly taking off as one of the top teams in the league that also lit the fire once again under head coach Jason Garrett’s seat as the head coach.
Jones has already come out to dismiss that chatter, but the Cowboys’ Jekyll and Hyde performance through the first six games has shown what the team could be capable of offensively.
Cowboys’ outlook for rest of 2019 season
It has been nothing short of a discouraging span of games for the Cowboys, but the team still has plenty of time to get back on track.
That will begin in Week 7 against the Eagles, which will be a game that gives one of the teams a one-game edge for the NFC East division title. Dallas still has several tough opponents left on the schedule with the New England Patriots, Buffalo Bills, Los Angeles Rams, Chicago Bears, and even the Detroit Lions.
The Cowboys are also dealing with an injury to Amari Cooper that could keep him out Week 7 action, but the roster has plenty of talent to get the job done to compete for much more than the playoffs. In essence, the three-game skid is an opportunity for Dallas to make the necessary adjustments to prove that they are a team with legitimate Super Bowl aspirations.