Does America’s team Still Have What It Takes

Owen Jankulovski , Sports Writer

 

Hype, a word that is an understatement to the anticipation of the Dallas Cowboys 2021/2022 NFL season. After having a poor performing, injured team in 2020, America’s team was looking to do more than just come back stronger for the new season. Starting with the announcement of HBO Max presenting a new season of Hard Knocks, a show following their pre-season as well as a new star and rookie linebacker, Micha Parsons, looking to add to what was a poor defense. Most importantly, the return of 2 time pro bowler and quarterback Dak Prescott who had missed most of the season after suffering a compound fracture in his ankle in week 5 of the 2020 season against the Giants. It’s safe to say America’s team was ready to bounce back, forget 2020 and focus on winning the super bowl in 2021. The start of the season has been very strong, although they lost their opener to the Defending Champion the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Dallas would win 6 straight games after that, proving to the league that they were a top dog with a brand new, elite defense featuring the likes of Trevon Diggs, who is leading the league currently with 9 interceptions. As well as Rookie Micha Parsons, who is on track to beat 5 time pro bowler and super bowl champion James Harrison’s 100 tackle and 10 sack season, the only player to do so since 2004. Parsons has those 10 sacks and is awaiting for his 100 tackles, as he currently has 72. Even with all this exciting defensive news, it’s the offense that has the fans of the blue star worried. The Cowboys have only won 2 out of their last 5 games as of Dec 7, leaving them with a record of 8-4, but what has caused this Dallas team to slow down? Many leave it up to questionable coaching decisions on offense. Offensive coordinator Kellen Moore has clearly wanted to rely on the run game this season, which is a big problem because their two-time rushing title winner, running back Ezekiel Elliot, is having one of his worst seasons of his career. Fans want to see more out of their backup running back Tony Pollard, who has been the better and more explosive runner this season, so why have they not made the switch? Could it be the $90 million dollar extension he signed in 2019? Or is the offensive line to blame for their rather poor blocking? Quarterback Dak Prescott has been under fire in the media lately as well with his poor performances, underthrowing the ball, and looking scared while in the pocket. Owner, Jerry Jones, seems to be trying to take the weight off his $160 million dollar Quarterback making a bizarre comment that blames the wide receivers of the team, claiming that Dak’s mistakes are due to poor routes. There is still time for Dallas to fix what is wrong in the organization, but is it good enough for a 6th Super Bowl title?