There are so many reasons it’s not week for the Dallas Cowboys enemies, and it starts with Jerry Jones’ side entering the win column in Week 2 by beating the Los Angeles Chargers, 20-17.
In fact, it could be a bad rest of the year for football fans who feel their best when the USA team is at their worst. Here are two reasons why:
- The Cowboys broke a 16-game losing streak in the regular season in games in which they scored 28 points or less. The broken defense is not completely repaired, but it is better. Penn State rookie linebacker Micah Parsons moved on to defensive end because DeMarcus Lawrence and Randy Gregory were unavailable, and he recorded one sack and eight quarterback presses.
- The offense is multidimensional. Dak Prescott has work to do to regain his pre-ankle injury form, but he’s close. Running back Tony Pollard, who ran no more than 69 yards in a game last fall, amassed 109 yards and three assists for 31 others against the Chargers. Paired with Ezekiel Elliott, he gives defensive coordinators a problem to deal with beyond the above-average passing game.
Two games are a small sample, but the narrow loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Week 2 win are grounds for optimism, especially when 10 wins might be enough to get away with the inept NFC East title.
If that doesn’t make the blood boil for the Cowboys’ enemies, here are two more reasons they might soon be going dizzy:
- The moving train fills up. Celebrity sightings in Jones’ dressing room at home games are obvious, but now VIPs are traveling. MMA champion and occasional boxer Conor McGregor watched the Chargers game alongside Jones, as did nine-time Grammy nominee Post Malone.
- Perhaps worst of all, Roger Goodell praised Jones, giving credence to critics ‘laments that the New England Patriots’ Jones and Robert Kraft have disproportionate influence over the commissioner’s office.
Goodell appeared on Hall of Fame kicker Morten Andersen Danish Nation Podcast this month. He spoke about many topics, including his regrets that he never played college football.
Goodell, who replaced Paul Tagliabue as commissioner in 2006, praised Jones, who bought the Cowboys in 1989. Jones enjoyed early success with the franchise, winning three Super Bowls in four seasons. However, Dallas hasn’t gone as far as a conference championship game since losing to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl 30 on Jan. 28, 1996.
“He not only had incredible success in the ’90s with the Cowboys, but he actually improved the league on so many different levels on the competitive side, sitting on the competition committee,” said Goodell. “He has been involved in all of our major committees. He did a great job and I can’t imagine the NFL would be in this position without him.
Jones was one of the most influential owners. Among other things, he had Fox auctioned off for part of the broadcast bouquet at a time when the network didn’t even have a sports division. This has resulted in record television revenue year after year, and the NFL will bank at least $ 100 billion for broadcast rights over the next decade.
““He’s helped improve the game on so many levels,” Goodell told Andersen. “He’s helped me get better on so many different levels. I like working with him. I’m glad he’s one of our owners because the NFL is better at it.
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