The Dallas Cowboys kicked off the 2018 NFL season against the Carolina Panthers on the road in Charlotte, N.C. on Sept. 9. As usual, the media hype generated high expectations for the new season. It didn’t play out as the Cowboys Nation hoped, but with a 16-8 loss. Quick-running quarterback Cam Newton led the Panthers to victory.
As if things couldn’t get any worse, if you’re a Twitter user, you probably heard of the trolling by former star receiver Dez Bryant as the game came to a close. The offense, which is so far lacking in production numbers, had high expectations to win the season opener. Doubt loomed for fans as the Cowboys prepared for Game 2 against division rival New York Giants on Sept. 16. The Giants, led by the veteran quarterback Eli Manning, first round draft pick Saquon Barkley and star receiver Odell Beckham Jr., the Giants mediocre defense fell to the Jaguars in Week 1 and were eager to get the first victory of the year out of the way.
The Dallas Cowboys will have to step up their game if they expect a winning season. The Philadelphia Eagles will have something to say as they defend their 2017 Super Bowl championship. The Cowboys’ star players know this or it’s going to be a long season. It’s just the players with something to prove who will have to take charge and show up to get the job done. If not, hopefully, the Cowboys will make a few trades before the deadline to make this team better.
For any hopes of a playoff this season, perhaps star running back Ezekiel Elliott said it best: “We got some momentum,” as he told the media after their game in Carolina.
The Cowboys are rebuilding at more than just the player level. Since last season they have hired six new coaches in hopes of improving to get past the expectations of winning more than just one game in the playoffs and back to their winning traditions. Tom Landry and Troy Aikman and crew made it look so easy at winning previous Super Bowls like the organization has done before and hopefully will do in the future.