The Dallas Cowboys are at risk of losing their third straight game, trailing the Los Angeles Chargers 16-0 late in the third quarter.
Dallas hasn’t been able to navigate life without superstar running back Ezekiel Elliott. However, it’s not just the offense that’s struggling, though they’ve now gone more than 150 minutes of game time without a touchdown.
The defense is dealing with issues of their own without linebacker Sean Lee, who is out with a hamstring injury. And the all-around lack of productivity on both sides of the ball was illustrated perfectly by an incredibly miserable statistic provided Thursday.
According to Drew Davison of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Cowboys have now gone 26 drives without an offensive touchdown. Just as bad, their defense has now gone 27 possessions without forcing a turnover and 25 drives without registering a quarterback sack.
In summation, the Cowboys are generating no pressure on the quarterback, they can’t turn their opponents over and they can’t score, which sounds like a pretty perfect formula for a crushing three-game losing streak that will all but end their playoff hopes.
The Cowboys are currently a game out in the NFC wild-card race, but are at an even larger disadvantage because of their head-to-head loss to the Atlanta Falcons, who currently man that last playoff spot.