I can’t remember the last time I’ve been this deflated after an actual Cowboys win. And a last minute win, too, where the team drove the length of the field to hit a game winning field goal as time expired.
That was Sunday for me and millions of Cowboy fans.
Dak Prescott is officially out for the remainder of the 2020 season, and that succckkkkkkks.
But after a day of rest, my brain has reset and I once again have some hope.
The truth is, there aren’t many teams that have as capable of a backup that the Dallas Cowboys have. I’ve cursed the moves that the Jones made this offseason, but from the very beginning this move was brilliant. A backup who is a very very serviceable starter. And the failings of the red rifle in Cincy are not ones we’re likely to see here in Dallas (Marvin Lewis *cough cough*).
After Dak went down, Andy went 9 for 11 for 111 yards. He made some throws that for sure “passed the eye test” to Gallup, Ceedee AND Amari Cooper.
Just as important is that Andy Dalton led the team to 13 points in the final 20:03 of the game. That would project to over 30 points a game, and that should be enough to keep them in the playoff race the rest of the season.
The offense looks like it’s going to be in decent shape and maybe this team will get back to owning time of possession and covering up for this god forsaken defense.
Speaking of the defense, it’s gotten better! Jaylon Smith was flying around and sniffing out plays left and right, Anthony Brown was well needed to have back and thankfully, thankfully they get LVE back this week which will make a HUGE difference as well.
So there is a reasonable chance given all of this information, that this team can STILL win the division. If the Cowboys can go even 8-8 and win this division that will be a win for a team that is looking for ANYTHING to feel good about.
As for Dak, he’s out of the hospital and recovering. Todd Archer says it will take him 4-6 months to fully heal.
He’s receiving all the well wishes you’d expect, even from Giants LB Logan Ryan, whose tackle (no fault of his own) resulted in Dak’s injury.
Jerry chimed in as well:
"We are all heartbroken for Dak and this very disappointing injury. The outpouring of messages that I have received regarding his setback speaks volumes to the respect and admiration that he has earned from his teammates, former Cowboys players, and Cowboys supporters everywhere."
I’m sure there will be a lot of chatter about Dak, his recovery, and his status (contract and otherwise) going forward. But we’ll leave that for the off season. For now, let’s just all hope for a speedy and successful recovery for a dude that, from all accounts, is a great guy.
Get better soon, Dak. Stay Positive.
You can watch an edited version of the final two minutes of yesterday’s game (Two Minute Warning on Two Minute Delay) in the video below. And go buy a CeeDee t-shirt, because despite this horrific injury, I’m confident the Cowboys are still going to the playoffs.