Dallas Cowboys: Sunday night offers a chance to lay down a marker

The Dallas Cowboys are off to a 3-0 start, but face questions about the validity of that due to their schedule. Sunday is a chance to quiet the critics.

The Dallas Cowboys are off to a 3-0 start, but many have questioned the validity of that start due to their schedule. Sunday presents a chance to silence those critics.

For the first time since 2008, America’s Team is 3-0 to start a season. That is in large part thanks to their offense, which has been firing on all cylinders. Dak Prescott is currently sixth in the NFL with 920 passing yards, and he has also thrown nine touchdowns passes through three games. Only Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes (10) has thrown more so far this season. However, Prescott has done so in 20 less passing attempts.

Dallas currently owns the third-best offense in the league behind just the Ravens and Chiefs. They have scored at least 31 points in all three games this season and have won by at least 10 points every week.

A 3-0 start is always great news in the NFL. Since the playoffs expanded to 12 teams in 1990, approximately 75% of teams that begun a season 3-0 have gone on to make the playoffs. But in the case of the Cowboys, this weekend presents a chance to silence those who feel they have only reached these current heights due to the nature of their first three games.

An easy start?

In Week 1, the Dallas Cowboys easily took care of a Giants team, 35-17, that was still holding on to hope for Eli Manning before finally making the change to Daniel Jones in Week 3. To underline how easy this matchup was for the Cowboys, if it wasn’t for Jones’ late-game touchdown run and Matt Gay‘s missed 34-yard field goal, New York would be sitting at 0-3 at the moment. 

In Week 2, Washington held serve for a short time, but Dallas ultimately pulled away and won, 31-21. Washington just got done being embarrassed at home Monday night by the Bears, committing five turnovers. Jay Gruden’s club currently sits at 0-3, with some mixed performances on their resume.

Last week, Week 3, the Cowboys turned on the jets in the second half, taking a 10-6 halftime lead into a 31-6 thrashing of the 0-3 Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins are a team clearly in tank mode and have been well beaten in all three of their contests so far. The Cowboys would have been disappointed not to come away with a convincing scoreline.

If you’re keeping track, that’s three teams with a combined 1-8 record that the Cowboys have faced in the first three weeks of the season. However, now is when things start to get serious. As the schedule shifts to Week 4, Dallas can really begin to prove they are a true contender in the NFC this season, as their next two games are against tough NFC opponents. 

A chance to prove their potential

On Sunday night, the Cowboys travel to New Orleans to take on a Saints team that is 2-1 and did not let the loss of Drew Brees faze them at all. Going into Week 3, no team had gone into Seattle in the month of September and defeated the Seahawks under the watch of Pete Carroll. That is until the Saints came marching in on Sunday. Additionally, that game was not as close as the 33-27 score would lead you to believe. Seattle scored two garbage-time touchdowns after the game was pretty much decided, with New Orleans holding a 33-14 lead in the fourth quarter.

Then in Week 5, the Cowboys return home to face Aaron Rodgers and the 3-0 Green Bay Packers, who have allowed the second-fewest points on defense in the first three weeks. These are two very strong tests coming for the Cowboys, who have undoubtedly been an impressive team up to this point. The Cowboys also have four other games left on their schedule against teams that are undefeated through three weeks, including both participants in Super Bowl LIII, the Patriots and the Rams, as well as the Bills (3-0) and the Lions (2-0-1).

It is an important couple of weeks for the Dallas Cowboys as they head to the Big Easy before hosting the always tough Packers. Are Dak Prescott and company ready for the test? Sunday night in New Orleans is going to be one heck of a game, and it could really tell us a lot about what the Cowboys can achieve this season.

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