This game really sucked, and it felt predictable as can be. My birthday weekend didn’t yield a win for the Cowboys. At age 35, I’m winding down. My fandom for the NFL feels kind of forced at this point. Yet, I’m sitting here writing about a 27-7 Cowboys loss at the Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
Dak Prescott was 20 of 30 for 176 yards, no touchdowns, no interceptions through the air. He was sacked eight times on the day. He ran it six times for 42 yards and a touchdown that put Dallas up 7-0. Of course, this will always go down as the game that Adrian Claiborne had six sacks. That was more a product of Dallas’ starting left tackle Chaz Green and one of the worst games I’ve ever seen an offensive lineman play.
As the game wore onward, it became apparent and obvious that the Cowboys didn’t have an answer for the missing Tyrone Smith; and that Green was going to fluctuate what the Cowboys could do. Dallas could have won this game without Zeke Elliott – Alfred Morris got it going enough in this game that he was effective – but the Cowboys fell behind so far that they couldn’t run the ball.
When Atlanta pinned their ears back, there was no answer at Dak Prescott’s blindside. It’s a testament to him that he left this game without throwing an interception and without injury.
Other than that, awful game. The Cowboys were great for almost a month following their bye and now suddenly are at 5-4 and their season is on the line on Sunday Night Football against the team that is widely considered the greatest team in football at the present, the Philadelphia Eagles who are 8-1.
And as night falls on everything, there are multiple reports that other NFL owners may force Jerry Jones to forfeit the Cowboys. Unbelievably bad Sunday.
A league source with knowledge of the situation tells PFT that multiple owners already have been discussing the possibility, which flows from Article VIII of the NFL’s Constitution & Bylaws. Specifically, Section 8.13 authorizes the Commissioner to determine that an owner “has been or is guilty of conduct detrimental to the welfare of the League or professional football.” If the Commissioner believes the available sanction (a $500,000 fine) is “not adequate or sufficient,” the Commissioner may refer the issue to the NFL’s Executive Committee, which has the power to compel “[c]ancellation or forfeiture of the franchise in the League of any member club involved or implicated,” with a directive to sell the team.
Man, I am starting to hate the NFL.