With more than 24 hours to digest what we saw on Sunday night from the Cowboys, it still seems like a game to forget.
We can take the positives of what the first-string defense accomplished against the Cardinals starters. And we can not worry too much about an eight-turnover game because the offense and special teams featured mostly backups.
But there are a couple of things that should cause concern that the Cowboys will probably look at moving forward.
The main thing is that backup quarterback Cooper Rush wasn’t very good. He completed 11 of 17 passes for 93 yards and a couple of bad interceptions. Cardinals defensive back Patrick Peterson returned one pick 30 yards for a touchdown and Budda Baker nabbed the other one in the end zone to stop a Cowboys scoring drive.
Rush, who failed to lead a scoring march, faced the media after the game and held his head up.
“You got to have mental toughness,” Rush said. “You’ve got to know interceptions are part of the job. It’s how you bounce back. You’ve got a lot of guys relying on you to bounce back. I’ve always felt pretty strong in that department.”
Rush will have a chance to bounce back on Thursday versus the Texans. Dallas fans need some sign that if Dak Prescott gets injured, the Cowboys don’t necessarily go in the tank.
Although it would be easy to dismiss Sunday night’s drubbing at the hands of the Cardinals as meaningless, there is lingering worry that when things go wrong, this Dallas team could drop from contender to doormat.
New defensive backs coach Kris Richard seemed wary of that danger and set on making a change.
“There were some plays out there that were uncharacteristic of our football team and we just have to make sure we address them immediately,” Richard said in the postgame locker room. “We come out second half sleep walking and we need to wake up. We need to wake up and go and do things properly.”