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Struggling Dak Prescott fumbles game away as Cowboys start season 0-1

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Predictable.

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The Dallas Cowboys are 0-1 after losing to the Carolina Panthers on Sunday evening by a final score of 16 to 8.

Dallas had a chance to drive the field and try to send the game into overtime but Dak Prescott fumbled the Cowboys’ chances away.

It wasn’t a good outing for Prescott, who finished 19/29 for only 170 yards (5.9 average), zero touchdowns, zero interceptions and a 81.1 passer rating.

Those numbers don’t even truly reflect his struggles. He totally failed to help the Cowboys move the ball during key moments. Dallas converted just two out of 12 combined third and fourth down situations.

In fairness to Prescott, it’s not like he had Sean Lee and Ezekiel Elliott.

Oh, wait, he did.

Seriously, though, the struggles weren’t ALL his fault. Certainly the Cowboys don’t have A-plus coaching and their over-hyped offensive line has some issues. Rookie left guard Connor Williams is looking like a turnstile and backup center Joe Looney is certainly no Travis Frederick. Then there’s the fact Dallas doesn’t have a ton of amazing receiving options.

Still, a true franchise quarterback is able to overcome adversity. To this point, Prescott has never really proved the ability to do that. He had a great rookie year in 2016 when he had the perfect situation surrounding him. Since then, he’s struggled when things have been less than perfect.

I mean, the guy has thrown ONE touchdown pass since Week 14 last year. Carson Wentz, who threw a touchdown pass on a torn ACL, and tight end Trey Burton also have the same amount of touchdown passes since then.

The Cowboys’ loss drops Dallas to fourth place in the NFC East after Week 1. The complete standings below:

1 - Philadelphia Eagles (1-0)

2 - Washington Redksins (1-0)

3 - New York Giants (0-1)

4 - Dallas Cowboys (0-1)

This weekend would’ve been perfect if Washington lost but it looks they’re not as bad as the Giants and Cowboys appear to be.

Oh well. I’ll settle for being able to make fun of this Blogging The Boys tweet that was pout out during the Eagles-Falcons game on Thursday night.

Eagles: 18 points.

Falcons: 12 points.

Cowboys: 8 points.

You stay delusional, Dallas.