It’s not quite the halfway point of the Dallas season, but with the bye week falling this week, it kind of feels that way.
The Cowboys (3-4) will try to get back even when they host Tennessee on Monday Night Football on November 5. In the meantime, Dallas has acquired Amari Cooper from the Oakland Raiders and the team is presumably trying to get him acclimated quickly so that he can be the top-shelf wide receiver it seems to be missing.
Dallas fans are frustrated with Cowboys coach Jason Garrett, offensive coordinator Scott Linehan and quarterback Dak Prescott. But fans who want the coach and everyone else fired have a way of changing their tune after a few consecutive wins.
So here are the glass-half-empty and glass-half-full perspectives with nine games left on the schedule.
GLASS HALF EMPTY: The Cowboys are wasting a good defense and a season of Ezekiel Elliott’s prime because they have one of the worst passing games in the NFL. Whatever was working (ahem, Jason Witten and Dez Bryant) for Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott in 2016, isn’t there anymore. For some reason, the Cowboys can get it done within AT&T Stadium, but falter on the road and that means they’re looking, at best, at an 8-8 season.
GLASS HALF FULL: Dallas has proven its offense can operate efficiently at home and it’s close to making enough plays on the road to break through. In the aftermath of the Cowboys’ three home games, the energy around the postgame locker room and interview room felt like that of a playoff team. Dallas has a good-to-great defense, so if it can find a way to pack good vibes on offense for road games — and if Cooper turns out to be a legit WR1 — the Cowboys are a real contender to win the NFC East.
WHAT’S UNAVOIDABLE FROM EITHER PERSPECTIVE: Dallas was in position to win road games at Houston and Washington, but playing for field goals late in both contest resulted in a pair of losses.