Dak Prescott: Cowboys 'Only Stopping Ourselves' During 1-2 Start to 2020 Season

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistSeptember 28, 2020

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) passes under pressure from Seattle Seahawks strong safety Jamal Adams, second from right, during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
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The Dallas Cowboys are 1-2 after the first three weeks and have a historic Atlanta Falcons collapse to thank for not staring at an 0-3 hole.  

Dak Prescott said the Cowboys have only themselves to blame for the rough start. 

"Looking at it the last three weeks, we're only stopping ourselves," Prescott told reporters after Sunday's 38-31 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. "We have to get out of our own way, be cleaner with the ball, play smarter football and find a way to start faster. Our coaches and these players are going to go back and figure out a way to get this thing right and clean it up."

The Cowboys' three games this season have been decided by a combined 11 points. They were on the losing end of one-score games against the Los Angeles Rams and Seahawks, and came storming back from 20 points down for a 40-39 win over the Falcons last week. 

While those two losses were on the road against solid teams, home-field advantage could be overrated without fans in the stands. The Cowboys are losing because they haven't been able to perform on either side of the ball when it counts. Dallas allowed the Seahawks to march up the field without issue in the fourth quarter after taking a 31-30 lead Sunday, then Prescott chucked up an ugly desperation pick on the Cowboys' final drive. In Week 1, the Cowboys didn't score a single point in the fourth quarter in their loss to the Rams.

For as high as the expectations were this season after firing Jason Garrett, this team looks a lot like the one that came before it. The offense remains one of the NFL's highest-octane attacks with a habit of stalling in the clutch, and the defense has been torched through the air over the last two weeks.

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Luckily, Dallas has time to figure it out while playing in the NFL's worst division. But the Super Bowl hopes of the offseason are looking a long way away at the moment.