As many can claim that Denver brings a relaxing experience, Dallas sure received a humbling one in Mile High city on Sunday. Kicking off in the mid-afternoon, the Broncos came out fast and never looked back. Trevor Siemian would soon throw for a career-high 4 touchdowns (the first time the Cowboys allowed this since 2013 against the Packers) and completed 22 of his 32 passes, with a fumble and an interception.
C.J. Anderson also contributed to the utter exposing of a young, putrid defense by running for 118 yards and becoming the first RB to run for more than 100 yards on Dallas since the Atlanta game of 2015, on 4.7 yds/carry with a touchdown.
For Dallas, poor execution and mental preparation brought new lows to the team. Zeke would finish with only 8 yards on 9 carries. No, that is not a typo. Dak ended his outing throwing two picks as well, a first for him, going 30-of-50 for 238 yards and two touchdowns. Witten led the team with 10 receptions and 97 yards, passing Marvin Harrison to become fourth on the NFL’s all-time reception list at 1,106.
Then, aside from another great performance from Demarcus Lawrence, the defense was lost and battered. Thrown to the wolves in his first game, Jourdan Lewis would be only 1 of the 2 available corners Dallas had, due to in-game injuries of Awuzie and Carroll. A 42-point display by the Broncos led us back to the 2013 season once again, as it would be the most points they allowed since the shootout between Manning and Romo in Arlington, forcing Denver to punt only 3 times in the game.
The blame could be pointed anywhere and at anyone. Whether it was Jason Garrett’s post-game comments on Dak or Sean Lee’s comments saying “that’s was the worst tackling game I’ve ever had. That’s on me,” one cannot be singled out.
There was frustration with both Dez and Zeke from fans, whether they felt they could have done more or that they simply quit on their team. But, it all comes down to one thing: the Cowboys were not prepared for this game, which starts with the head coach and trickles down to the captains of the team.
A bright side is that it is only week two, and given the adversity they have faced in the past and the favorable matchup next Monday, they should be able to learn a lot about the current state of the team from this loss.