What began as an up-and-down season settled into a three-game win streak the had the team feeling good while being one of the healthiest in the league at the midway point of the season. Now without several All-Pro players, including running back Ezekiel Elliott who isn’t allowed to return from suspension until Christmas Eve, they’ve dropped two in a row and in embarrassing fashion.
On the heels of losing 27-7 to the Atlanta Falcons, they returned home to AT&T Stadium only to be blowout 37-9 by the NFC East rival Philadelphia Eagles.
Now sitting at 5-5 and out of the playoff picture, the Cowboysm will need to overcome mountainous odds to reacquire a Wild Card slot, and Jason Witten understands fully what they’re up against.
“Offensively, we just weren’t good enough at critical times,” said Witten after the game, via dallascowboys.com. “We gotta put it behind us. It was a big game. We needed it. We didn’t get it. We’re a 5-5 team [and] we gotta fight now. That’s where we’re at.
“And the character of this team is that, we are fighters. We’re gonna stick together. It’s a close group …we’ll watch it and learn from it and certainly we gotta play better moving down the stretch. We gotta flip every stone. It’s a short week and collectively we all gotta do better.”
“I don’t think you can allow yourself to go there,” “Certainly they’re really good football players, some of the best at their position but this happens in this league all the time — when guys go down, our mentality has been that when guys have had opportunities they’ve stepped up and we’ve been able to keep the train moving and be successful.
“…We just all have to do better. You can’t allow [missing players] to creep in or get in the way of what the ultimate goal is. We gotta have better performances across the board. We all have to do better. You can’t feel sorry for yourself. It’s all right there in front of us.
“You have to find a way to go out there and get one win.”
There’s still a chance the Cowboys can string together some wins over the next few weeks and eek their way into late December when, at that point, they’ll have Elliott and all of their other currently missing pieces.
Scoring only 16 points in 120 minutes of football isn’t going to cut it though. They haven’t made a TD for 7 quarters.