Dallas Cowboys' Week 1 Loss To Carolina Panthers An "Abject Failure"

Things couldn't have gone much worse for the Cowboys in their loss to Carolina

Ferrall On The Bench
October 30, 2018 - 7:15 am

USA Today Images

The Dallas Cowboys didn’t just lose their season-opener in Carolina on Sunday; they were embarrassed. They were held scoreless through three quarters and mustered just eight points in a 16-8 loss.

“That was an abject failure on all accounts,” Fort Worth Star-Telegram Cowboys writer Clarence Hill Jr. said on Ferrall on the Bench. “Your first game, you’re supposed to give a good first impression. The Cowboys gave a bad first impression, especially considering everything they did this offseason to overhaul the offense, the changes they made with the coaching staff, the players and the scheme. To go out there and lay an egg and put up eight points, that was (a failure).”

Ezekiel Elliott carried 15 times for 69 yards and a touchdown and had three receptions for 17 yards. The passing game, meanwhile, was non-existent, as Dak Prescott finished 19-of-29 for 170 yards.

“Zeke is the only difference-maker (among the skill players on that offense),” Hill said. “He can’t be respectable; he has to be spectacular. He has to be the cog that makes everything go for this offense. When he’s just average, they’re not going to get much done. That certainly was the case against Carolina. They need Zeke to be a threat and be able to make plays and do things off of that threat. When he’s not a threat, you’re not going to get anybody else to be a threat.”

The Cowboys (0-1) host the Giants (0-1) on Sunday Night Football. If Dallas doesn’t win, changes could be made.

“If they go 0-2, we know a lot of 0-2 teams don’t bounce back and make the playoffs,” Hill said. “If (Jason Garrett) doesn’t get to the playoffs and make noise in the playoffs, he could be gone. The patience in Dallas has run out. It’s urgent in Week 2 that they show some life and bounce back with a win against the Giants.”