It is that simple. Zack Martin, the future Hall of Famer said it best after the loss yesterday — the Cowboys play like that again, and they will be sitting at home.
Look, you all may know well enough by now that I will tell you exactly how it is and speak my mind with the good and the bad.
That said, this was the worst performance of the season.
But let's make one thing clear: this is still a good football team whether you think so or not. The Cowboys have yet to lose two games in a row all season. All I ask is not to get caught in this trap.
Dallas looked like garbage but that happens in the NFL. This was probably the worst time for it, but remember when they dropped 50 in week 18 a season ago?
They couldn't ride that wave into the playoffs and were one-and-done.
The anti-Dak Prescott crowd will show up now and do nothing but bash him and the football team, and yes, he had his worst game of the season yesterday, yet they still averaged over 30 a game with him under center this year.
Martin and Micah Parsons made it known just how frustrated they were following the game but after each of the team's FOUR other losses, they responded with a victory.
Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy: “It’s disappointing. The timing of it is definitely not what you’re looking for. But … when you get kicked in the ass or punched in the mouth, you have a chance to respond. I have great confidence in our team that we will respond.”
We can sit here and hate everyone in that locker room and the coaches putting on the headsets, but I will keep everything level-headed here.
This team hasn't lost back-to-back games all season.
I want to beat Tom Brady as much as the next person in the playoffs. The Cowboys have let me down in my 26 years on this earth, and I can tell you right now I'm not going into this playoff matchup against the Bucs with a glass-half-empty approach like I have in previous years.
The reason is that even with the miscues and listening to the “let's fire Mike McCarthy” crowd, somehow we only had to write about FOUR losses this season.
Fans throw in the towel because they look terrible in a meaningless game. Psh.
Last year the Cowboys beat the Eagles in the last game of the regular season 51-25 and then went on to lose the following week in the Wild Card round. I am not going to panic over this crusty loss.
This team has responded all year long, and with guys like Martin speaking up, I trust it. Not only by what they say but what they have done on the field all season.
The Cowboys have never beaten Tom Brady, but when you compare the Buccaneers and Dallas this season, the Cowboys have been better, top to bottom, but again he is the goat, so…
I will have my DAL at TB preview post out later this week and you all will soon find out who I think will win and how. Let's just take a step back and remember how many people wrote this team off after week one. Now it's time for the PLAYOFFS. Let's go.