2019 Cowboys show similar traits to disappointing 2008 team – Cowboys Wire

After a hot start for the Dallas Cowboys, things have cooled off rather quickly in the last few weeks. While the results against the Saints and Packers lead to questions about the team, a match-up with the Jets hopefully can stop this season from becoming a version of the 2008 Cowboys.

There are some similarities between these two seasons and here’s why the 2019 Cowboys would be wise to not let things get any worse with a loss to the winless Jets.

As the team did in 2008, the current Cowboys team began the season at 3-0 before faltering in their fourth game. That year were able to recover to win their fifth game to get to 4-1, but the season took a turn from there. The Cowboys only went 5-6 from there on out and lost QB Tony Romo to a hurt pinkie, which forced him out of the lineup for three games.

Without Romo, the team lost its next two games, beginning with a beat down by the Rams, 34-14. It was the last win the hapless Rams would have in a 2-14 season. It was a year where the Rams were so bad that Adam ‘Pacman’ Jones famously dismissed the team by saying “it’s the Rams dude” when asked how the Eagles were able to look so good beating the Rams during Week One of that season.

The Cowboys found out in 2008 what happens when you don’t take a team seriously, they cannot allow the same thing to happen in 2019. Despite being 0-4, the Jets are at home and their starting QB, Sam Darnold, returns. Dallas doesn’t have the luxury of overlooking a team desperate for its first win.

In 2008, the Cowboys rebounded from the Romo injury and got to 8-4 before the final four games, all against playoff teams, did them in. The team went just 1-3 and missed the playoffs when the team lost (got embarrassed) on the road in Philadelphia in the last game of the season. For the entirety of the 2008 season, the Cowboys went just 3-5 against teams that finished above .500, while going 5-1 versus teams that were below .500.

It’s a small sample size and no one knows what the season holds for the Cowboys this year, but they are currently 3-0 against bad teams and 0-2 against quality opponents. Dallas could’ve won either of the two games they lost, but they’ll need to turn those results around against good teams because the schedule will be much tougher after this week.

In the last 10 games of the 2019 schedule, the Cowboys will play eight teams currently with a winning record, including a brutal stretch of five games that begins with a visit to Foxborough to play the Patriots. The Cowboys simply cannot play poorly against good teams the way the 2008 version of the franchise did because they won’t sniff the playoffs this season if that happens.

There’s a long way to go in the 2019 season so it’s foolish to make any predictions on what these Cowboys will become. However, if the Cowboys aren’t careful, this team could mirror the 2008 version of the team, and that would be a major disappointment.

It’s quote-unquote just the Jets, but the Cowboys cannot afford to lose a third straight game. We need to see a much better team on Sunday or the 2019 Dallas Cowboys might wind up like they did 11 seasons ago, out of the playoffs.

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