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    After the Week 1 Debacle, Where Do the Cowboys Go From Here?

    Heading into the new season, there wasn’t much optimism from those in the know with the Cowboys. The was as bad as it gets, trading away to Cleveland and losing (Miami) and (Denver).

    But even worse, the critical areas needed for improvement were let be. Instead, the old “we trust our guys” was trotted out. That doesn’t fly now.

    The performance on Sunday night should not come as too much of a shock. Yes, scoring more than three points would have been guaranteed, but given the lack of weapons on the outside for Dak Prescott, moving the ball, primarily through the air, against a Todd Bowles-led was always going to be challenging.

    was held in check in his first game as the number one receiver. caught seven passes for 62 yards, and caught five for 68 yards. Rookie wasn’t even dressed for the game, which is a topic all to itself.

    A bright spot on was Zeke Elliott. He seemed to have his burst back as he mustered 52 yards on ten carries. Given that Dallas fell behind, naturally, the moved away from the run game.

    Prescott was probably as bad as he could have been as several throws were off target and, in all likelihood, should have been picked off at least once more. Then came his finger injury, and a collective groan could be heard at . Further compounding the bad performance, he is expected to miss between four and eight weeks. Despite seeming confident Dak can get back in four, we all know that eight is more likely.

    So, where do the Cowboys go from here?

    Sunday night couldn’t have been worse, and now with taking over, Dallas indeed has to lean heavily on the run game. Elliott looked like he had rediscovered his legs again, and ’s zip was noticeable (just don’t use him in pass protection).

    That seemed the only part of the offense that showed it could test Tampa at all. It just wasn’t used enough. It is time to give Tolbert a real chance, despite what he has shown, or hasn't shown, give him a chance to make plays. That goes for too.

    Coming up against the Bengals, Elliott and Pollard need to be why Dallas wins the game. That is easier said than done with a beat-up , but had a good game at so there's that.

    The defense is going to have to win games for the Cowboys this year. Led by Micah Parsons, they kept to just 19 points and will be tasked with doing the same against .

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    After what we witnessed in , there is doom and gloom around the entire franchise. Many say the season is over after one game (a little optimism would be nice), so it could be about the little wins in 2022.

    There has been no talk of an incoming to alleviate Prescott’s absence, so we ride with Cooper Rush, who does have a career win to his name. While it is only Week 1, the inevitable doom and gloom has hit us earlier than in previous years.

    Still, with 16 games to go, the only way is up for the Cowboys, right?

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    Adam Schultz
    Adam Schultz
    Hi my name is Adam. I am a freelance sports journalist and an avid Cowboys fan. I cover the league for Sportskeeda as an analyst and love to talk all things football here at Inside The Star. Follow me on Twitter @aschultz_15.

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    Sam

    Dallas didn’t get away from the run game because of the score, they got away from it because KM, simply is not interested in running the ball. Period.

    I think Zeke had 7 carries in the first half.

    Time to stop making excuses about why we elect to not run the ball. We stop because we quit calling running plays…

    Another thing. KM needs to STOP with the nonsense about figuring ways to get touches for Pollard. Here is the solution. Run Zeke for a few plays and then give 1 or 2 for Tony.

    Both guys can run inside, and get outside, so stop with having different packages. Obviously Zeke can pass block and Tony is challenged, but why KM is calling screens and flare outs for Zeke instead of Tony is beyond nonsensical.

    Gadget/Lateral plays at your own end of the field with a young OL is a dereliction of duty.

    I don’t care what our point averages were last year, Tampa ran a very similar scheme against us that both Denver and SF did, and we still will not commit to the answer, which is run the ball, shorten the game, and protect your defense.

    Rant over.

    Lawrence C. Baker

    Sam you’re spot on man! Until the leadership gets their heads out of their asses and decides to wise up, what we saw Sunday night is what we’re in store for ALL SEASON LONG!!!

    Lawrence C. Baker

    Kellen Moore is the anchor around this team’s neck. Calls terrible plays and comes back the next series with more of the same. Seems almost as if it’s being done on purpose to help make McCarthy look foolish! If Mike has any brain cells left, he’ll take over the play calling himself. Get Kellen Moore off the sidelines and upstairs somewhere out of the way. If you’re going to be fired, then make some decisions yourself. Don’t just go down because of the incompetence of others!!!

    Jon

    Didn’t think I would ever see my favorite football team like it is now, Thanks Jerry Jones and Co. You may own the Dallas Cowboys and you can continue to kill this franchise. Until you swallow your pride and come to your senses, america’s team WILL NOT win another Superbowl.

    Wake up Jerry Jones and Steven Jones and stop feeding us this BS about you want to win another Superbowl, it’s not going to happen…