By Alex Al-Kazzaz
Losing to a mediocre Washington Commanders team is embarrassing enough for the Cowboys. Considering they lost to a rookie quarterback making his debut adds salt to the wound, but seeing just how bad Dak Prescott and the offense looked really intensifies the pain. Early mishaps is what led to a 26-6 loss for Dallas. The regular season is over and the playoffs are here.
Dallas will take on Tampa Bay on the road in the wildcard round. Perhaps the rematch that many speculated. In Week 1, Tampa picked up the win and Dallas suffered badly as the offense couldn't do anything and Prescott ended up suffering an injury that sidelined him for several weeks. Tampa won their division with an 8-9 record. Dallas failed to win the NFC East but finished with a 12-5 record.
Prescott finished 14-for-37 for just 128 yards with a touchdown and interception. This season, he had a career-high of 15 interceptions. Considering he missed five weeks, it doesn't look good for him. The running game didn't show up and the offense was in total shambles. Micah Parsons and company did everything they could to keep the game in check, but the offense could not do their part. The botched punt after the opening drive that put Washington deep in Dallas territory is the break that Washington needed.
The Cowboys looked awful overall against Washington. Losing a season finale in such an embarrassing fashion really hurts them going into the playoffs. Based on how bad Dallas was, it's rather safe to say that Dallas can't be the favorite going into the their wildcard match against Tom Brady & Company. In the past few weeks, the defense has been in a bit of a slump. Prescott has threw several interceptions that have been returned for touchdowns. Coaching problems only increases the stress level.
Dallas will need a miracle to pull it off against Brady who has NEVER lost to the Cowboys.