It’s no secret that the Dallas Cowboys have been struggling defensively even after their new acquisitions.
This could be credited to the new scheme, or to the many injuries suffered on that side of the ball.
Now the question becomes… “How will they overcome this issue?”
Obviously, the easiest answer would be to execute their assignments better. This will hopefully come to fruition as the season progresses. However, it looks like Head Coach, Mike McCarthy, and the Cowboys have a different approach to solving this problem.
With the defense giving up 20 or more points per game, it’ll be up to the offense to come to save the day for Dallas.
Now the offense has also had more than its fair share of injuries, but they’re also better equipped to handle them. On the offensive line alone, Tyron Smith is battling through injuries which caused him to miss the game against Atlanta. Opposite of him, La’el Collins opened the season upon Injury Reserve, which means he won’t be eligible to return until at least the Browns’ game in week 4. However, undrafted free agent, Terence Steele, and Brandon Knight have been doing an adequate job in the absence of the starters.
Another big loss suffered was a tight end, Blake Jarwin, who is out for the remainder of the season. Many thought this would handicap the Cowboys, but as the saying goes “next man up”.
In the Falcons’ game alone backup tight end, Dalton Schultz, led the team in receptions (9) for 88 yards while hauling in a touchdown that helped kick start the incredible comeback win. Schultz proved that he can step in and handle the workload expected of a starting tight end.
His story seemed to already be coming to an end after not showing much his first two seasons, but now it looks like Dallas is getting what they drafted back in 2018.
Another great piece to this offense has been the emergence of Michael Gallup and rookie wide receiver, Ceedee Lamb. These two young receivers are the perfect pieces to elevate this offense to become a powerhouse offense.
Gallup put his name on the map last season when he posted over 1,100 yards and 6 touchdowns. This season he looks to be right back on track as Cowboys’ fans have seen some spectacular catches in clutch moments already in this short season.
It also helps that Gallup knows with this being his 3rd year, he can negotiate his next contract following the end of this season. Having a duplicate year of his 2019 performance is sure to land Gallup a big-time contract.
CeeDee Lamb is still new to this squad but has shown outstanding potential in his first 2 games by putting up over 150 yards combined thus far. His ability to get open on routes has also been impressive, as he’s consistently leaving defenders behind him with plenty of space to make the catches he needs.
Lamb has also displayed his willingness to block in the run game, making it easier for guys like Zeke and Pollard to attract an extra body to the box. At the rate that he’s progressing, it won’t be long before fans start to realize that Lamb can be Ace receiver along with Amari Cooper.
Hiding the defense’s faults is very possible with all these weapons added to the already established trio of Amari Cooper, Ezekiel Elliott, and Dak Prescott.
Having those kinds of veterans will help lead this team to many victories as this young season continues.
Cowboys Nation should be thrilled about what could be in store offensively for this 2020 season, because in the end; you need points to win games. It’s no coincidence that Dallas is 9-0 since last year in games that they score 30 or more points.
The best defense is clearly a better offense and Dallas looks poised to have an excess of success on this side of the ball.
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