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Cowboys offer up plenty of reasons to be unthankful with underwhelming loss to the Raiders – Blogging The Boys

Summary

The Dallas Cowboys just didn’t have it in them on Thursday. It was one of those games that was hard to sit through. They started badly and spent most of the game trying to play catch-up. Frustrating moment after frustrating moment, the Cowboys just couldn’t get into a rhythm and in the end, the team has now lost two straight and are losers of three of their last four games.

This run of losses is hurting the team’s playoff positioning as they try to line…….

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The Dallas Cowboys just didn’t have it in them on Thursday. It was one of those games that was hard to sit through. They started badly and spent most of the game trying to play catch-up. Frustrating moment after frustrating moment, the Cowboys just couldn’t get into a rhythm and in the end, the team has now lost two straight and are losers of three of their last four games.

This run of losses is hurting the team’s playoff positioning as they try to line themselves up for a nice postseason run. The number one seed looks nearly impossible now as they have fallen two full games behind the top-seeded Arizona Cardinals. Not only that, but the Cowboys’ recent struggles could be pushing them into that dreaded four seed, creating the worst possible first-round matchup against what is likely to be the NFC West runner-up. Of course, that’s assuming the Cowboys still take down the NFC East, which isn’t the guarantee it looked like a few weeks ago as they now only have a two-game lead over the Philadelphia Eagles.

There were a lot of things in this one that was unpleasing to the eye as the team didn’t give us much to be thankful for. For example…

The penalties were disgusting

We’re not going to spend a lot of time talking about the nonsensical flag-fest we were subjected to in this game because the referees have already gotten more attention than they deserve. Plus, it was awful for both sides as there were a total of 28 combined penalties for 276 yards! It’s hard to wrap your mind around something like that.

What we can say is that the Cowboys failed to adapt to how the game was being called and as a result, they repeatedly fell victim to these bad officiating decisions. In the mix of many of these fraudulent calls, there are definitely going to be some learning moments for this Cowboys’ team.

The corners were terrible

The extra chances the Raiders offense got thanks to all the defensive penalties certainly hurt, but it was compounded by the poor play of the Cowboys’ cornerbacks. Anthony Brown was flagged for four pass interference penalties, but I’m not even sure he was the poorest performer of the group. Trevon Diggs couldn’t stay with his man and often times was handsy throughout the receiver’s route. Jourdan Lewis was being burned by anyone he was covering.

And then there was Brown. While none of his penalties were blatant, there was always just enough contact to rationalize why a flag was called. Brown’s inability to get his body turned around just flames the fire of a flag-happy referee, and that’s on him.

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Source: https://www.bloggingtheboys.com/2021/11/26/22802970/cowboys-offer-up-plenty-of-reasons-to-be-unthankful-with-underwhelming-loss-to-the-raiders