This season started so promisingly for the Cowboys. However, after the team’s sixth loss in a row, fans are starting to circle the wagons as they begin to prepare for the worst.
A spate of unfortunate injuries and even worse PR has marred what could have easily been another playoff year for the Dallas Cowboys, but now fans are just praying for it to be over quickly.
The Cowboys went out and kicked things off with a bang this year and took home a hard-earned win against the New York Giants. However, with the sweet came the sour as Dez Bryant was forced off later that game with a foot injury from which the star receiver is still recovering. Despite that, things were looking good in week two against the Philadelphia Eagles until starting quarterback Tony Romo went down in the third quarter with a broken collarbone.
The Cowboys haven’t won a game since losing Tony Romo and with only three home games left in the season, there isn’t much time for America’s Team to turn it around. The New York Times points out that the current run is the longest losing streak the Cowboys have suffered since going 1-15 in 1989; the Cowboys first season under Jimmy Johnson as the head coach. Coincidentally, following a 3-13 1988 season under Hall of Famer Tom Landry as head coach.
While optimistic fans continued to remain hopeful of the team’s chances of at least a wild card berth (largely due to the lackluster quality of the NFC East), any dreams of a playoff run are all but dashed after the most recent loss to the Eagles. Driving that point home is the fact that the odds-makers at Betfair have the Cowboy’s odds of taking the Super Bowl at 99 to 1, and the team’s chances of making the playoffs aren’t much better as the team’s troubles continue to mount
Pro Bowl running back DeMarco “Spray Tan” Murray was sent to the Cowboys’ arch-rivals in Philadelphia during the offseason much to the chagrin of Dallas fans. And sure enough, Murray ran wild in his rematch against his former team by putting up 78 receiving yards, 83 rushing yards and a touchdown. ESPN’s NFL staff notes that the Dallas running game hasn’t improved as the season has progressed after a season-ending injury to back-up Lance Dunbar and the release of Joseph Randle for unspecified reasons. When you consider that this is a team that has continued to hold water for Greg Hardy, you have to wonder what exactly Randle did to get the axe.
“We just think it’s time for us to not have him on the roster,” team owner Jerry Jones said. “That’s the decision we made today, and we stand ready to help him work through any of his other issues.”
Given the recent media frenzy surrounding the Cowboys personnel, we expect that this won’t be the last time we hear Jones saying something similar about a player. The team has remained tight lipped concerning the domestic assault allegations we have concerning Greg Hardy, and we only hope the team will do the right thing to resolve this issue soon.
Making a bad week worse, linebacker Sean Lee was forced to leave Sunday’s game against Philly with his second concussion of the season, which has many questioning if he’ll even be available for Week 10. With a depleted line, no running game, a lack of a viable QB option and tensions brewing in the organization, this season has been a perfect storm of bad luck for Dallas. The Cowboys currently sit at the bottom of the NFC East with a 2-5 conference record and are 2-6 overall.