The Dallas Cowboys unfortunately let yet another close game slip through their fingers in the final minutes yesterday afternoon against the Green Bay Packers. They just left too much time on the clock that allowed Aaron Rogers to lead his offense down the field for the go-ahead touchdown and secure the 35-31 Packers victory.
This was back to back weeks where the Cowboys looked to have the game secured, but failed to do enough to come away with the victory in the end. These are close games that they would’ve won a year ago, but have failed to do so so far this season. There is plenty of blame to go around, but in the end they win and lose as a team.
Losing to the Packers seems to hurt a little bit more for some reason. Maybe it’s all of the controversial calls that have happened to the Cowboys in the past when these two teams meet or something else. But, one thing is for sure. The Packers seem to come out on top more times than not.
Before I get too far off track, let’s jump into this week’s edition of The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly for the Dallas Cowboys against the Green Bay Packers. As always, please feel free to provide your own thoughts and opinions in the comment section at the end of the article.
When the Dallas Cowboys lose, the blame typically lands on the shoulders of their starting quarterback. But, for all the criticism Dak Prescott has received this season, he had a fantastic performance against the Green Bay Packers Sunday afternoon.
That is why I think he is the good for this week.
Prescott accounted for four total touchdowns against the Green Bay Packers yesterday afternoon. He threw two TDs to Cole Beasley and another to Dez Bryant. He also rushed for a TD to put the Cowboys ahead with a little over a minute left in the game. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough.
I honestly believe Prescott was the better of the two QBs on the field yesterday afternoon, even though Aaron Rodgers got the victory.
Prescott threw for 251 yards and three touchdowns, and also accounted for 37 yards and a TD on the ground. It should’ve been enough to win the game, but the Cowboys defense continues to struggle.
It would’ve been way too easy to go with the Cowboys defense this week for the bad, but I think they actually did enough to win this game. Yes, you may think I’m crazy, but they actually didn’t play too terribly bad. That is why I think Terrance Williams’ tipped ball that resulted in an interception return for a touchdown for the Packers defense is the bad for this week.
We hear it preached by every coach around the NFL that whoever wins the turnover battle typically wins the game. Well, that’s true for the Dallas Cowboys in back to back weeks, because turnovers likely resulted in them losing two close games they probably should’ve won.
Last week it was the muffed punt by Ryan Switzer, and this week it is Terrance Williams’ inability to catch the ball with his hands.
I honestly believe if those two plays don’t happen, the Dallas Cowboys end up winning both games. And yes, I do believe that one single play can have that much of an impact on the outcome of any game.
The ugly for the Cowboys vs Packers for me was Anthony Brown’s performance. While watching the game, I began to notice that whenever Aaron Rodgers needed a big play in the game, he tended to look Anthony Brown’s direction. Unfortunately, it usually paid off.
I don’t know what the deal is, but to me it looks as if Anthony Brown has regressed a little bit in his second year with the Dallas Cowboys.
His technique hasn’t quite been as good as it was a season ago and he’s just not playing with the confidence he showed last year. I think teams have noticed that as well, which is why he has been targeted more often.
The Cowboys coaching staff and Anthony Brown really need to analyze things during the bye week to see what the problem is. I don’t know if he should lose his starting job just yet, but a healthy Chidobe Awuzie might be a better option if he can remain healthy.