Cowboys lose, offense struggles, Michael Gallup’s season ends with knee injury – The Athletic

ARLINGTON, Texas – The Cowboys’ offense is not cured. While there were plenty of issues Sunday afternoon at AT&T Stadium, this was the biggest. The officials weren’t great. The defense needed a save in the final minutes. Greg Zuerlein continues to have problems.

But offense is why Dallas lost to the Arizona Cardinals, 25-22, ending any chance of securing the No.1 seed in the NFC playoffs. The Green Bay Packers won this Sunday night. The Cowboys are now considering the possibility of hosting the Cardinals again in two weeks to open the playoffs.

“I didn’t think of him as a measuring stick (game),” Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy said. “I think we know who we are and I think we are convinced that we can win any game, anywhere. I think we have illustrated that so far this season.

“Our goal was tight, it was to win and improve. Our penalties were too high, the possession time (was an issue), and they made, frankly, a few more big plays than us. “

Dak Prescott, who played one of his best games of the season last week, struggled as the offense collected just seven points in the first three quarters. Prescott was excellent in the fourth quarter, completing 9 of 10 passes for 76 yards, two touchdowns and a 137.9 passer rating. But that wasn’t enough to overcome a 22-7 deficit.

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