After the Dallas Cowboys were ‘outbid’ and ‘outmatched’, they must move fast – Dallas Cowboys blog

November 8, 2021

ARLINGTON, Texas – Standing on the podium after the Dallas Cowboys’ miserable 30-16 loss to the Denver Broncos on Sunday, linebacker / defensive end Micah Parsons tried to dodge a giant hornet.

He took a few steps to his left, then flicked his arms away to make sure the wasp was out of reach before answering a few more questions.

It was a fitting setting for the Cowboys’ worst performance of the season.

“It’s just not my day,” Parsons said after walking to the microphone. “But I just had a new puppy and I’m going home with him and we’re going to cuddle.”

Waiting for Parsons at her home was her boerboel puppy named Sace, short for Versace. Waiting for the Cowboys on Monday at The Star will be an unflattering review of what could have been the worst loss in coach Mike McCarthy’s two years.

Last year he had some upsets with back-to-back losses to the Washington Football Team and the Philadelphia Eagles without scoring a touchdown or a 28-point beating by the Arizona Cardinals and a 25-point loss on Thanksgiving to Washington.

But quarterback Dak Prescott was absent for either of them due to a compound fracture and dislocation of his right ankle. The Cowboys defense was a mess and the offensive line was constantly changing.

Yet just seven days ago, the Cowboys were seen as perhaps the best team in the NFL after winning without Prescott against the Minnesota Vikings. The Cowboys had won six in a row. They had an envious offense and a defense that made timely stops and showed the ability to take the ball from him.

All of that disappeared Sunday against the Broncos even with Prescott’s return from a calf strain.

“I had concerns on Wednesday, as to how we’ve had a few successful weeks and the message was ‘Don’t take the cheese’ and frankly, we were outbid, we were outmatched every time,” McCarthy said. “This is the first time I have clearly felt that our energy did not exceed our opponent, and that is disappointing.”

Prescott could only say, “Maybe,” when asked if the Cowboys were too full of themselves after six straight wins.

“You win as a team, you lose as a team, and I think it starts with the leaders,” said the quarterback. “We don’t look and ask coaches to do something different. We have to be more physical. We have to take responsibility for this loss and make sure that we enter [Monday] and make sure you go through with this, learn from it, and then come on Wednesday and have a great day of practice and make sure this is something we learn from. This feeling sucks and make sure we don’t feel it again. “

The Cowboys avoided the franchise’s first home shutout in 30 years with two touchdown passes in the final 4 minutes and 8 seconds. By then, however, Denver had a 30-0 lead, stoned the Cowboys’ offense and exposed the warts of their running defense.

The Cowboys converted just 5 of 13 third-down chances and all but three came in the fourth quarter. They were stopped on the fourth down time twice in the first quarter and twice more in the final three quarters, tying the most turnovers in a team’s losses in a game in the past 20 seasons.

“We’ve been fighting fourth-one all year, so that didn’t surprise me,” owner and general manager Jerry Jones said. “It shouldn’t surprise anyone. We have been challenged on the fourth chance. “

With the offense babbling, the defense did not have the benefit of playing ahead, which affected their ability to stop the run. The Broncos finished with 190 yards rushing, 70 yards more than the Cowboys have allowed in one game this season. For the second game in a row, they failed to generate a goal.

“Nobody likes to lose like this,” linebacker Leighton Vander Esch said. “That’s what it is. So, let’s go inside [Monday] and correct it. Being a competitor eats you up. “

The Cowboys’ focus now is to make sure what happened on Sunday doesn’t become a trend.

McCarthy has been around long enough to know if a team shows they are susceptible to something, the next opponent will look to exploit it as well, so he expects opponents to play harder man-to-man against the Cowboys.

Of course, in Week 2, the Los Angeles Chargers used a similar scheme and the Cowboys gained 419 yards, including 198 on the ground, in their first win of the season.

“I hope teams will play us like this for the rest of the year, to be honest,” Prescott said. “This was not a great game for us. This is not who we normally are … I think the coach said it very well in the locker room: ‘This is not a tape that you just throw away. We learn a lot from him and we move on ”. We have to be held accountable for our mistakes and not meeting our standard and our expectations. We will make sure to clean and improve it. “

Defensively, the Cowboys were defeated by running backs Javonte Williams and Melvin Gordon III in a performance that closely resembled last year’s rushing defense. McCarthy regretted that the Broncos were better “late in the play.” The Cowboys had four sacks by quarterback Teddy Bridgewater with Parsons’ 2.5, but the defense allowed completions of 25, 40 and 44 yards.

Does Parsons think other teams will emulate Denver’s attack?

“Maybe,” he said. “Bring him. We will improve. We will be ready.”

Sunday couldn’t have been much worse.