By Archie Nino III
The Dallas Cowboys come limping into week 3 at ARI after getting washed 42-17 by the Denver Broncos. After a strip sack fumble that resulted in a Dez Bryant td the offense seemingly collapsed and the questions of the defense were verified.
Credit to the Broncos and 1st year head coach Vance Joseph as he dismantled the Cowboys run game and led his team to a thorough victory in all 3 phases of the game. Trevor Simmiean had 4 tds going 22-32 for 231yds and carved out an already depleted secondary with the loss of Scandrick to his wrist injury. The defense held RB Ezekiel Elliott to a mind boggling 9 carries for 8 yds. Dez Bryant was again held in check by Aquib Talib who should have had more interceptions, finished with 7 rec 59yds and a td. Jason Witten, old reliable, once again led the team in receptions with 10 catches for 97yds and a touchdown. Dak Prescott threw for 2 tds on 234yds with 50 attempts. Ultimately finishing as the teams leading rusher.
More importantly than the loss, is the sudden loss of depth at the defensive back position. After losing Scandrick to a broken wrist last week the Cowboys started Nolan Carroll who left with a concussion. Rookie CB Chidobe Awuize also left the game after a hamstring injury and S Kavon Frazier went down only to will himself in and finish after the shakeup. Couple the questionable depth in the backfield and the suspensions up front and the Dallas Cowboys are now stuck in a bad way. The defense was already predicted to be a young inexperienced group and after a wk1 victory against the Giants most forgot about the true hardships presented there. Rod Marinelli the Cowboys DC and genius has got his hands full as the team looks forward to gunslinger Carson Palmer next week. Surely the offense won't be this atrocious in back to back weeks, or could this be the beginning of something more. The start of the sophomore slump. Til next time #CowboysNation.
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