Last Sunday's loss against the Green Bay Packers was brutal, as it seemed to set the Cowboys back in the playoff race. But was this defeat enough to knock the Cowboys off their rhythm?
With 8 more games remaining, and a division that is playing at its absolute best, it's going to be hard for the Cowboys to come back from a loss like this. For one, their chance of getting the #1 seed just decreased greatly. In my post about how the Cowboys can steal the #1 playoff seed, I pointed out that they would need to only lose one or two games at most.
Now with already one loss, that would mean the Cowboys need to win out (pretty much). That isn't going to happen, so perhaps the Cowboys just need to focus on getting into that wildcard.
So we can already see the effect the Packers game had on them, it decreased the chance of becoming number one significantly. What other things have been rattled after the game?
Another problem that occurred due to that game was the team's trust in Quarterback Dak Prescott. While Dak had a good game, yard and touchdown-wise, his two interceptions and lack of leadership to finish out the game is going to get fans and staff wondering.
A scary subject indeed, when on a football team, you need to feel like you can trust your QB to finish close games and overcome challenging defense and atmospheres. None of this occurred when Prescott was on the field, and that is why a lot of trust has been lost after this game.
This game also put Green Bay back into the playoff race. While the entire NFC conference has fallen apart a bit this year, every game matters as most of the teams have records similar to circa 4-5.
There normally wouldn't be a need to worry, but because the Cowboys aren't close to winning their division, they will have to depend on the wild card to get in… The same with Green Bay. The Vikings are a dominant team this year and Green Bay's only hope is to slip into the Wild Card spot (and potentially knock the Cowboys out of their place).
Even though this loss hurts many fans, I think we can all see the good in this season. After a terrible week one, many of us figured it would be time to turn off the TV because there was no point, yet here we are, battling for a playoff spot.
There's nothing to be worried about, this game just knocked our guys over a bit, but we can all get back up and look forward to the remainder of the season. Can't wait for a tough battle next week against the Vikings.