The NFL playoffs are just two weeks away and there are many problems that the Dallas Cowboys must address, primarily on the offensive side. Although Dak Prescott, the Quarterback, insists that he isn’t in a slump, the performances on the field prove otherwise.
It would be unfair to criticize Prescott alone and not the offense. They have been a success story at different points in the season and one of the top teams in the league.
Greg Zuerlein’s kicking game has been a constant struggle for the Cowboys this year. On Sunday, he missed another crucial field goal attempt against Arizona. Dallas lost by three.
Mike McCarthy, the head coach, commented on the missed kick in his post-game press conference. However Zuerlein was not mentioned.
McCarthy stated that “We all have things to do better.”
Zuerlein has been a problem throughout the season, missing six field-goal attempts and five extra points. In games where he makes all of his kicks, the Cowboys are 7-0.
Dallas has already secured a playoff spot and will only be competing for seeding against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 18. Everyone on the team will strive to improve before the final weeks of the playoffs.
They might have been able to pull off a dramatic comeback victory if the Dallas Cowboys had done better with their clock management Sunday against Arizona. Although the Cardinals appeared to have fumbled the ball right before the two-minute warning, officials determined that Chase Edmunds was down.
Mike McCarthy Cowboys coach could have challenged the play but he ran out of timeouts. To challenge a play, you must use at least one timeout according to NFL rules. It was not automatically reviewed because it occurred before the two-minute warning.
That's for sure a Chase Edmunds fumble. Tough one for the Cowboys pic.twitter.com/6wjHZ5zplM
— Roto Street Journal (@RotoStJournal) January 3, 2022
Dallas trailed the entirety of the game, but made a valiant comeback effort late. Two touchdowns were scored by the Cowboys in the fourth quarter. They also converted a two point conversion on the last to pull within three.
Dallas could have won if McCarthy hadn’t used all the timeouts. Instead, Arizona’s quarterback Kyler Murray kneeled for three consecutive plays to win the game 25-22.