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Dallas Cowboys: Will They Sink or Swim?

The 2019 version of the has been a confusing one, to say the least. From week to week you never know which team will show up. One minute they look like the team that started the season 3-0. The next they resemble the team that lost three consecutive games after that hot start.

Individually, the Cowboys have several players that have performed at a high level. Offensively they possess as good of a three-head monster as there is in the league. currently leads the with 3,788 passing yards. All-Pro is quietly having another productive season as his 990 rushing yards rank fifth. has dealt with his fair share of nagging , however, he is fourth in receiving yards with 971.

The defensive side of the ball has had a few standout players as well. made himself a household name in 2018 with his 121 tackles, four , four passes defended, two forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries. So far this season, he's nearly matched his total from a year ago in just 12 games with 112, which leads the league. Another key piece has been who was acquired by in March from the . In just 10 games his 9.5 sacks rank ninth league-wide.

Individual stats are pointless, though, if a team can't play together simultaneously in all phases. The Cowboys has held two of best teams in the league, the and , to a grand total of 25 points. Unfortunately, the Cowboys underperformed scoring a pedestrian 19 points and the team lost both games.

Dak Prescott threw for a career-high 463 passing yards and the offense as a whole racked up nearly 600 yards vs the back in Week 5. However, three turnovers led to 17 points for the Packers and the defense allowed 182 all-purpose yards to which included four rushing touchdowns in a 34-24 loss.

Against the , Prescott threw for 397 yards and Amari Cooper and each went over 100 yards receiving. Defensively, it was not a good night at all. They allowed two touchdown passes from and had 183 all-purpose yards and the Cowboys fell 28-24.

This continuous inconsistency fully explains how the Cowboys can currently be ranked second in total offense and ninth in total defense and have a 6-6 record. They are the only team with a winning record in the East and have gone 4-0 in division play, yet they are only up a half-game on the . Their backs are to the wall with no room for error. Will they rise to the occasion and win their second straight crown? Will they fold like a bad hand in poker and miss the ? There's no doubt we'll get our answer in the next month.

Matthew Lenix
Matthew Lenix
I write dope stuff about the Dallas Cowboys and what not.

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