Tailback Ezekiel Elliott lost two fumbles. Broad receiver Michael Gallup dropped a possible touchdown pass. Dalton threw one interception on a hugely missed passport interference call from officers and another with no such apology. Coach Mike McCarthy vented the officers from the sidelines. The injuries continued to mount along the line of scrimmage.
And the Cowboys lost convincingly to the Arizona Cardinals (38-10) in Arlington, Tex.
“We passed it on to them,” Dalton said afterwards. “And the same from the second half. There are some good things that we can take away, but there are many areas that we need to improve. I think it’s one of those things that everyone has to take care of themselves. I have to be better I have to do a better job out there to give our guys a chance. We’ll take a look at this one and move on. “
It was so ugly that it doesn’t even come as a great consolation to come first on the pathetic NFC East. The cowboys are just not good at the moment.
Their record is 2: 4, and the victories were achieved thanks to a miraculous comeback against the Atlanta Falcons, who were fascinated by an onside kick recovered from the cowboys and after time ran out against the then winless New York Giants . The Cowboys have allowed 218 points, most from an NFL team in six games a season in 66 years (or 59 years, teams then count in the AFL).
Dalton was the longtime starter for the Cincinnati Bengals, a three-time Pro Bowl selection with five playoff seasons. He is one of the most successful backup quarterbacks in the league. Some NFL watchers had suggested that without Prescott, the Cowboys would become a run-first team again with Elliott, while Dalton might contribute just enough in the passing game to get by in such a weak league.
It didn’t go like this on Monday. Far from it.
Guard Zack Martin left the field to be examined for a possible concussion and did not return. The offensive line of the cowboys was once celebrated. Now it’s in ruins. Center Travis Frederick retired in the off-season. The left Tyron Smith device was operated on on the neck at the end of the season. Real tackle La’el Collins has not played all season and has undergone hip surgery.
Elliott has never been a fiddler. At the beginning of this season he had never lost more than two mistakes in one season. In the first half of Monday he lost two mistakes, each leading to a touchdown in Arizona. He’s lost four fiddles this season.
“I want to say I’m sorry,” Elliott told reporters after the game. “This one is on me.”
Gallup let the soccer ball ricochet off his hands in what could have been a touchdown catch in the final moments of the first half. The Cowboys opted for a field goal and were 21-3 behind at halftime. Dalton was intercepted by Cardinal cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick on first possession of the second half when Kirkpatrick nearly attacked Cowboys rookie wide receiver CeeDee Lamb on Lamb’s route. The officers inexplicably did not raise a flag. That also triggered a Cardinals touchdown.
“We hurt ourselves with sales,” said Dalton in a video press conference after the game. “We have to fix this. It was a trend this year, especially at the beginning of the Games. We have to fix that. The ball is the most important thing and we cannot pass it on to the other team. “
The Cowboys were on the wrong end of several controversial calls on Monday, and McCarthy expressed his displeasure during the game. But most of their ailments were inherent. Dalton was also intercepted by Arizona Safety Budda Baker in a 34-for-54, 266-yard passing performance. He had a cosmetic late touchdown pass for Amari Cooper before rookie quarterback Ben DiNucci got down.
McCarthy won a Super Bowl coaching the Green Bay Packers and was hired by owner Jerry Jones after Jason Garrett was fired after last season’s 8-8 disappointment. At this point, another 500s season seems too ambitious a goal.