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Cowboys Win Despite Showing the Same Old Weaknesses

The picked up an important road win over an opponent yesterday in Detroit. But even with some clear on-paper advantages due to and overall roster strength, Dallas still allowed the Lions to stay within striking distance. It caused many, including me, to come away with the game discouraged despite the victory.

The final score of 35-27 tells part of the story. The Lions were missing their key offensive offensive players for both parts of the , QB and RB Kerryon Johnson, and yet scored four touchdowns.

Dallas won thanks to Detroit's complete inability to slow down and the passing attack. Dak put up a whopping 444 passing yards and three touchdowns, moving the Cowboys with ease against a hapless Lions' pass .

But as that final score indicated, Dallas needed every bit of that passing production to win. Another weak game from and the rushing attack, poor overall defense, and continued mistakes all helped keep the Lions close and took this game down to the wire.

The Cowboys even started off with their typical early mistakes and lack of execution. Zeke fumbled on his first carry and set Detroit up for an early 7-0 lead. Dallas then went three-and-out on the next drive, followed by a drive that went 14 plays but only produced a field goal.

Trailing 7-3 at the end of the first quarter, it looked like a potential repeat of some of the bad losses the Cowboys have had so far in 2019. They were shooting themselves in the foot again.

Thankfully, the team figured things out before the game was out of hand. Dallas rallied in the second quarter with 21 points and took a 24-14 lead by halftime. They did enough in the second half to hold that lead and secure the win.

Bo Scarbrough, Lions

But “just enough” against a losing team missing its starting , even on the road, is not a good look for a team with aspirations. That's why, despite the win, I'm still very worried about what's to come for the Cowboys this season.

After getting shredded by the ' rushing attack last week, Dallas still looked inept against much inferior talent. With QB also doing some damage running Detroit had 121 total rushing yards on the day.

Driskel was efficient through the air as well. He put up a 109.3 with 209 yards and two touchdowns. The Cowboys did a nice job of taking WR Kenny Golladay out of the game but still allowed enough opportunities, including some big plays, for Detroit to stay competitive.

Dallas' certainly outproduced Detroit's, as it should have, but that wound up being a necessity. Ezekiel Elliott was once again stymied with just 45 yards on 16 carries; an ugly 2.8 YPC average. He did have the two touchdowns but this was hardly the kind of bounce-back week many were expecting for Zeke.

The Cowboys also looked bad again on special teams. , perhaps still reeling from the issues with his late-game fair catch in the Vikings game, made some bad choices in the return game yesterday. also goofed a couple of times, and Dallas had to overcome bad field position more than once.

Had we gotten a field-goal miss or a dumb or play review decision, it would've been Cowboys Blunder Bingo.

These blunders and general weaknesses didn't cost Dallas the game yesterday, but they will this week when they travel to New England. They will against the likes of the Bills and Rams in future weeks, and probably in against the Eagles.

The Cowboys got away with one yesterday. But if they have any hopes of winning the and doing something in the , the overall level of play has to improve from what we've seen

Jess Haynie
Jess Haynie
Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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