It's only the preseason...It's only the preseason...It's only the preseason.
You can keep repeating this to yourself, but it doesn't take away the fact that the Dallas Cowboys offensive struggles and injuries suffered this preseason pose a significant threat to the 2010 NFL season.
This season Dallas is expected to be the first team in NFL history to play in a Super Bowl it is hosting; at least in the mind of owner Jerry Jones and numerous Cowboys fans.
Through four preseason games, however, the Cowboys have looked anything but super. QB Tony Romo has looked out of sync with his receivers, connecting on 56.5% of his passes while throwing one touchdown and two interceptions.
The rushing game has been nonexistent. Felix Jones and Marion Barber, the team’s two lead backs, have combined for 21 rushes and 44 yards. Dallas has yet to score a rushing touchdown.
The offense has repeatedly bogged down inside the red zone, a struggle many Dallas fans have witnessed over the past two regular seasons.
The offensive line, which admittedly has been patch-worked together due to injuries, has allowed the QB to be sacked 15 times.
And throughout all these red-flags, Dallas fans and local media members keep stressing that it's only the preseason. Relax, they say - Indianapolis always struggles in the preseason, and look how good they've been when it matters.
To a point, they are correct. The Colts are notoriously bad in the preseason, and flip the switch come September. It's not the final score that matters, though. It's how the players look, and the difference between Indy and Dallas? Indy looks good at the positions that matter.
Peyton Manning has been in-sync with Reggie Wayne, Pierre Garcon, and Austin Collie. Joseph Addai has averaged six yards a carry, scoring twice.
When the first team is on the field for the Colts, you can tell they are a finely tuned machine waiting for the green light to explode.
Hopefully after Thursday night's fifth and final preseason game, a game in which starters rarely play - but Dallas' should, you'll be able to say that about the Cowboys.