The Dallas Cowboys have been through this before, the team will put out a great performance one week and then suffer a letdown the following game. Going back to when Jason Garrett first arrived, there were three straight years of it where the team ripped off consecutive 8-8 seasons.
Last year, the Cowboys finished 9-7, but there were pockets of inconsistent play. Injuries and circumstances played a big role, but Dallas was 5-3 before losing Tyron Smith and Ezekiel Elliott, so there wasn’t enough stability in the first half of last season.
It started out great when the Cowboys beat the Giants 19-3 with a dominating performance on defense to kickoff 2017 right. What happened next was a complete meltdown when Dallas went to play the Broncos on the road. Playing in Denver is never easy, especially early in the season, and the Cowboys crapped the bed.
This year, the Cowboys are coming off another dominating defensive performance against the Giants, at home, on a Sunday night. The game was essentially over at 20-3, sound familiar?
Now, another major road test awaits as the Cowboys are feeling good. The Seattle Seahawks haven’t looked like the glory teams of the past few years, but they do have one of the best home-field advantages in the league. It’s never easy to win in Seattle and the Cowboys need to bring their best and not get embarrassed like they did in Denver.
The Cowboys cannot fall into the trap for the second season in a row. They cannot allow complacency to set in, not when they are fighting to play consistent football. Not when they have so much to improve upon. Dallas is 1-1 on the season and they looked like trash one week but answered the bell in their week two win over the Giants.
Seattle is a dangerous team at home and they are desperate for their first win of the season. Despite starting out 0-2, the Seahawks have been in both games and Russell Wilson is one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL.
The Cowboys also have things to clean up. It was a nice win over the Giants, but the Cowboys’ offense stalled for stretches of that game. Dak Prescott made some mistakes that didn’t cost the team against the Giants, but he cannot afford to make them on the road against Seattle. Mistakes made on road games are often less forgiving.
This contest could tell us a lot about the Cowboys this season. They answered one challenge last week with much better execution against the Giants, but another test awaits on the road in Seattle.
What kind of team are the Cowboys going to be in 2018? Are they going to be a team that can go on winning streaks and handle success, circa the 2014 and 2016 Cowboys?
Or are they going to battle for consistency all year long?
A new week, a new test for the Dallas Cowboys.
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