A terrifying game occurred on Sunday for Dallas Cowboys fans when their team entered the 4th quarter down by six points to the Houston Texans. While being a 17.5-point favorite, the Cowboys were about to lose to arguably the worst team in the NFL.
Luckily for the Cowboys, they remembered that the 4th quarter is when they are the strongest. It's beginning to act as a special perk for the Cowboys this season during the fourth quarters of games. Of course, the Cowboys prevailed right at the end of the game scoring 10 points in the 4th and rallying late to grab their 10th win of the year.
Something fans may be worried about is that this sort of “shaky” behavior with the Cowboys will carry into the postseason. So should Dallas fans be worried about what occurred on Sunday?
A couple of things to go over here, but first, let's look at the defense. The defense had some struggles this game, letting up 23 points. However, I personally don't blame the defense for the points that were allowed. On one of the Texans' touchdowns, the main play that resulted in it was Wide Receiver, KaVonae Turpin fumbling the fair catch on a punt.
There were also two interceptions thrown by Quarterback Dak Prescott that helped put the Texans in good field position. These all are mistakes by the offense, however, that doesn't mean there weren't questions of the defense.
For the first time ever, I'm gonna say it. The Cowboys' linebackers and Linemen did not look great. The defense barely ever got in the backfield the whole game. My worry is that other teams will study how the Texans managed to keep the Cowboys' defenders away from their quarterback.
Now to jump over to the offense. I was rather impressed with how the offense performed in the 4th quarter (as always) but again, throughout the game, we were barely holding on. Fans shouldn't have to be worried in games like these, yet people were biting their nails worried that their team would be made fun of for losing to the Texans.
The offense needs to get going earlier than the 4th quarter. It's always fun to see your team make a comeback of course, but it's also good to see that your team is a solid one and one that can stay consistent throughout the whole 60 minutes.
As my old man would say “I'm not mad… I'm just disappointed.” This quote is how I felt after this game. I was expecting more and yet, this is what fans and myself received. These mistakes can not be made against a good NFL team.
So, should fans be worried about what happened? I would say maybe a little. Dak needs a bit of work to do over the week so those interceptions don't happen again, and the defense needs to find new ways to get to the QB without letting the other team stop them.
One good takeaway is that this was probably the worst game the Cowboys have played all season (besides the Tampa Bay game). Yet, the fact that with this many mistakes and errors they still came up with a victory, is honestly a good sign. The Cowboys are good, but consistency is the key to everything.