Just when the Cowboys seemed to have a grip on their roster again, COVID has reared its ugly head again. It was announced late this past Sunday that Dallas’ all-pro lineman tested positive. With only four days until Dallas faces Tampa in the NFL season opener, the Cowboys are going to be missing a huge piece of their offense. So, what does this mean for Dallas? Let’s check it out.
1.) Dallas’ Run Game Will Suffer
If you don’t know, Zack Martin is one of the best right guards in football. Since being drafted out of Notre Dame, Martin continues to show why he was worth the high pick. That being said, if Martin is actually out for Thursday’s game, the run game will suffer. The truth is that when Martin is in the game, the offense functions better. If Martin is out, the run game will need to run to the left the whole game.
Last season proved as evidence that without Martin on the line, the offense lacks that protective lineman ability. However, the backup in Connor McGovern now has some experience under his belt. While McGovern does not boost the run game like Martin, it will have to do. Dak and company will have to adapt accordingly to this shift on the o-line if they want to win in the run game.
2.) The Pass Game Will Suffer
This one goes hand in hand with the run scheme for the Cowboys. Martin is the protective shield on the right side for Dak. If Dak can manage to get the ball out faster then this shouldn’t be an issue. However, that is easier said than done considering how the backups performed last year in protecting Prescott. As I already mentioned, Connor McGovern will need to step up big time considering the Tampa defense will be ready to go.
The number one priority for the Cowboys this season is staying healthy (already failing) and protecting Dak Prescott from another injury. Easier said than done but those should be the only goals on their path to a possible Super Bowl title.
Dallas is going to have to deal with the COVID bug again. Whether they like it or not, the Cowboys will once again have to adapt until the starters are back. Martin will not miss more than one game it just happens to be a pretty big game to open the season. I hope Connor McGovern is ready otherwise it is going to be a long afternoon.
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