Early this season, there was lots of talk across the NFL that the Dallas Cowboys had the league’s best defense and possibly a historically great defense.
But lately, that defense’s stock has crashed.
It first gave up 28 points to the Arizona Cardinals in a Week 3 loss to a team that has arguably the worst roster in the league, and on Sunday, it experienced a complete failure when it surrendered 42 points to the San Francisco 49ers.
Many are now saying the Cowboys simply aren’t a Super Bowl contender, but safety Jayron Kearse claims they simply had a bad night versus San Francisco, per Jon Machota.
Cowboys safety Jayron Kearse on Dallas' defense right now: "We're a great defense. That's what we are. If you really break it down and you put it in perspective, you watch great shooters in basketball go out there and have rough games, that's no different than us. We had a rough…
— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) October 11, 2023
In reality, Sunday’s game was an all-around disaster for Dallas in many ways.
They were unable to produce any pressure up front on Niners quarterback Brock Purdy, who continued his brilliant play by completing 17 of 24 passes and throwing four touchdown passes.
Coming into Week 5, running back Christian McCaffrey had been prolific, but even though the Cowboys were able to contain him and make Purdy have to beat them, that strategy failed.
Offensively, Cowboys signal-caller Dak Prescott had what many are describing as the worst game of his NFL career by completing just 14 of 24 passes and throwing three interceptions, continuing a trend of poor performances versus San Francisco.
In last season’s Divisional playoff round, he threw two picks in a 19-12 loss, and the year before, he completed only 23 of 43 pass attempts in another loss to the Red and Gold.
The Cowboys will be tested once again next week when they play a Los Angeles Chargers team that had its bye last week and is on a two-game winning streak.NEXT: Richard Sherman Defends Cowboys Star Against Constant Criticism