The 2012 NFL season is a quarter over and the Dallas Cowboys are not sitting pretty with a 2-2 record. The Cowboys are also set to embark on a tough five-game stretch that includes a road game this weekend against the Baltimore Ravens, followed by a visit to Carolina, before returning home to face a New York Giants team looking to serve a cold dish of revenge.
The season started out in grand, optimistic fashion with a victory over the Giants, but suddenly it's hard to connect the Cowboys with any sense of optimism. The growing sentiment amongst the fanbase is that the next five games could be the beginning of the proverbial wheels falling off the bus.
Is it panic time? Have the Cowboys been exposed for what their true identity really is? The answer to both of those questions is quite possibly yes. Mediocrity has been a terminal illness that has clouded this franchise for over 15 years, but there seems to be no end in sight.
The offensive line can't block, the running game is stuck in park, the passing game has been marked with inconsistency and the Cowboys are at the bottom of the pack, collectively, as an offensive unit. The defense has held their own and, at times, is the only reason why the Cowboys are even 2-2.
This team is riddled with disappointment after such a promising start to this season. From the debacle in Seattle, to the comedy of mental errors against Tampa Bay, to single-handedly getting owned by Jay Cutler, the Cowboys are left to pick up the pieces and do some soul-searching.
But let's recap a few of these disappointments before we move forward. The next phase of this season is paramount to any chance the Cowboys have of making the playoffs and maybe in a few weeks, these disappointments will be the reason for renewed optimism.