Point/Counterpoint: Cowboys in more trouble, OSU or Dallas?

Luke Garza

Sports Blogger

@LukeAGarza

At this point, the entire country knows what happened at the end of Oklahoma State’s game against Central Michigan on Saturday.

Everyone also knows the Dallas Cowboys, with rookie quarterback Dak Prescott, lost their Week 1 game against the Giants 20-19.

This raises the question, which Cowboys are in more trouble?

With quarterback Tony Romo injured, Dallas is struggling because of its quarterback situation. (Flickr)
With quarterback Tony Romo injured, Dallas is struggling because of its quarterback situation.
(Flickr)

Point: Dallas can’t succeed with quarterback woes

To me, the answer is clear as clear can be. America’s team is in a worse position than their Stillwater counterpart.

Now, 1-14 in their past 15 home games without Tony Romo, there isn’t much optimism in the house that Jerry built.

Even if Terrance Williams ran out of bounds and stopped the clock allowing Dan Bailey to hit a 62-yard field goal and win the game, I’d still think the Cowboys were in trouble.

Year after year, the Cowboys are burdened with lofty expectations. It might not be fair, but when you have five Super Bowl rings, winning is the norm. If the Cowboys were the Jaguars, Browns or even the Giants, finishing 6-10 would be OK.

They have Dez Bryant. They have the league’s next great running back. They have the best offensive line in the NFL, and it isn’t particularly close. What they don’t have is quality quarterback play.

When Romo is healthy, they’re a contending team. But even at his healthiest, Romo has never been to an NFC championship game.

The Cowboys face the Vikings, Steelers and Packers on the road this season. I give the Cowboys less than a 10 percent chance to win each of those games. This probably sounds harsh, but what have the Cowboys done in the past five years to show us otherwise?

The bottom line is you can’t win in this league without steady quarterback play. Yes, the Cowboys were only one point away from beating the Giants at home, but that’s a team that hasn’t had a winning season since they won the Super Bowl in 2012.

Every year, Cowboys fans boast, “this is the year,” but the results are always the same.

Counterpoint: Pokes in worse spot

Matt McClain

Sports Blogger

@mattdmcclain

After Saturday’s demoralizing loss to the Chippewas, it is clear that OSU is in a worse position.

Oklahoma State cornerback Ashton Lampkin kneels in shock after the Cowboys' loss to Central Michigan on Saturday. (Devin L. Wilber, O'Colly)
Oklahoma State cornerback Ashton Lampkin kneels in shock after the Cowboys’ loss to Central Michigan on Saturday.
(Devin L. Wilber, O’Colly)

OSU looked lost when it took the field. Quarterback Mason Rudolph was inaccurate, and the run game was poor again. The play calling was bad, and overall coaching was worse than bad at the end of the game.

How does coach Mike Gundy, a former quarterback, not understand the fourth-down pass to no one would be called intentional grounding?

Moving forward, OSU’s road to the College Football Playoff gets bumpier.

This week, OSU plays Pittsburgh, the toughest nonconference game in recent memory for the Cowboys.

Heading into conference play, the task becomes more daunting.

The Cowboys play Baylor, TCU and Oklahoma on the road, and host a tough couple of Texas teams in Texas and Texas Tech.

Let’s say OSU does win out.

The CFP selection committee will likely have more than four teams to choose from with one loss, and those losses will be better losses than OSU’s.

Alabama, Michigan, Ohio State, Clemson, Florida State and Houston have good chances at running the table or having one quality loss.

Dallas has a chance to win its division with the best line in football, and a good young core with Prescott and running back Ezekiel Elliott.

The other teams in Dallas’ division aren’t exceptional.

New York is good, but beatable. Philadelphia is inexperienced. Washington is also a beatable team.

So, the Cowboys in most trouble do not reside in Dallas, they call Stillwater home.

ozone@ocolly.com

 

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