It’s no question that COVID-19 has affected the 2020 NFL season. This season will go down as one of the craziest seasons in recent history, from rescheduling changes to key players suffering season-ending injuries. As for the Dallas Cowboys, that is no different. Heading into the second half, they are sitting in third place in the NFC East. They are currently out of the playoff hunt but can still win the division if things fall in place. So, before the Cowboys face the Steelers, here is the Dallas Cowboys first half recap.
At the start of the 2020 season, the Dallas Cowboys felt like they were on top of the world. They got the best wide receiver in the NFL in CeeDee Lamb and they still have quarterback Dak Prescott and running back Ezekiel Elliott. Not to mention an offensive line that is very popular by NFL analysts around the league.
Dallas Cowboys First Half Recap
From the start of the 2020 season, it began poorly. The Dallas Cowboys lost to the LA Rams at their new digs. People began to question the legitimacy of new head coach Mike McCarthy. In week two, they answered those questions with a come from behind victory against the Atlanta Falcons, who threw the game after leading in the first half.
Dak Prescott Season-Ending Injury
In weeks three and four, they were defeated on the road against the Seattle Seahawks and at home facing Baker Mayfield and the Cleveland Browns. Their next win came in the fifth week when the New York Giants came to town. The Cowboys won their first divisional game, but it came at a cost. Quarterback Dak Prescott suffered a combined fracture ending his season.
The Andy Andy Dalton Era
Second String quarterback Andy Dalton, who signed with Dallas in the offseason after being cut by the Cincinnati Bengals, started the game on the road against the Washington Football Team. When a defensive player hammered Dalton, it ended his afternoon with a concussion. Andy Dalton was not able to clear protocol to continue his starting job.
The Ben Dinucci Era
So, a rookie seventh-round quarterback out of James Madison University, Ben Dinucci, took over. In his first start at quarterback, he looked okay. He made some incredible running plays and deep passes. However, a majority of them did not connect to his receivers.
What’s Next For Dallas?
At the halfway point of this 2020 season, the Cowboys have one of the most depressing defenses in the entire league, and their schedule isn’t “easy” as we advance. With two more games against the AFC North (Steelers and Ravens), three games against the NFC East, and games against the Minnesota Vikings and San Francisco 49ers.
At this point, Dallas might win at least three games. Those games are against the Washington Football Team, Minnesota Vikings, and the Cincinnati Bengals. With those three wins and the two they already have, they will finish 2020 with a 5-11 record and at least a top ten draft pick in 2021.
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