The Dallas Cowboys opened up the season on Thursday Night Football and provided a great game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Dak Prescott returned from his gruesome injury, and Ezekiel Elliott slimmed down ready to run the football. One of the keys in the game was how Mike McCarthy and Offensive Coordinator Kellen Moore would manage the offense. This was expected to be a high-scoring shootout.
The next key in the game was how this Cowboys defense would be with Dan Quinn taking the helm as Defensive Coordinator. The defense gave up 473 points with an average of 29.6 per game in 2020 so an improvement was needed. The Cowboys would fall to the Buccaneers 31-29 in Week 1.
After seeing how the Cowboys played in Week One, there was much anticipation leading into Week Two against the Los Angeles Chargers. This would be the home opener for the Chargers in the recently built SoFi Stadium. The Cowboys played a well-rounded football game. Equally distributing the football on offense, and playing good defense against the 2020 AP Offensive Rookie of the Year. Dak would complete 23 of 27 passes throwing for 237 yards with one interception.
Not the best game for Dak Prescott but football is a team sport in which he was picked up by the two running backs. Tony Pollard would lead the charge rushing 13 times for 109 yards with an average of 8.4 and a touchdown. Ezekiel Elliot would carry the football 16 times for 71 yards and a touchdown. The defense would force two turnovers and also sack Justin Herbert twice. The game would end on a Greg Zuerlein 56 yard field goal with a final score of 20-17 in favor of the Dallas Cowboys.
Do The Cowboys Have What It Takes To Make It To The Super Bowl?
After only playing two games in the 2021 season, Cowboys fans should be satisfied with what their team has accomplished. The offense is getting equal distribution from not only the running game but also the wideouts. CeeDee Lamb leads the receivers with 15 catches for 185 yards and a touchdown, averaging 12.3 yards per catch. He is followed by Amari Cooper, with 16 receptions for 163 yards and two touchdowns, averaging 10.2 yards per catch.
The defense has seen much improvement from their secondary play along with the front seven. 2021 1st round pick linebacker Micah Parsons looks to be fitting into the system well and this linebacker room. One player that has impressed is cornerback Trevon Diggs. Diggs has seven tackles, three pass deflections, and two interceptions. He has been good in coverage for this revitalized defense.
The Cowboys opened their season against the defending Super Bowl champs, and many have them as the favorite for the NFC this year. The Cowboys have every opportunity to win the NFC East, and if they can eliminate mistakes, and beat teams they are expected to beat, it should be a good season. Another hope for the Cowboys is if they can remain healthy. Their 2020 season was filled with injuries including their field general Dak Prescott. If the Dallas Cowboys can mesh as a unit and can continue to grow as a team, they will present a problem in the playoffs and could make a run for the Super Bowl.