FRISCO, Texas — Coach Mike McCarthy likes roller-coasters, however he hopes after the bye week hiscan have a smoother journey after an up-and-down first six video games.
“Simply on this brief vary of video games, the peaks and valleys have been completely different than I have been a part of as a head coach,” McCarthy stated.
The anticipation introduced on by the click-clack of the roller-coaster because it lurches skyward has been equaled by the worry of steep falls up to now for the Cowboys.
They opened with dominating wins in opposition to the, 40-0, and , 30-10, which was adopted by a lackluster 28-16 loss to the . The next week, they handed coach Invoice Belichick the worst lack of his teaching profession, beating the 38-3.
Then got here the debilitating 42-10 loss to thethat uncovered each flaw, adopted by a 20-17 win in opposition to the that defensive coordinator Dan Quinn instructed the opposite coaches was “gritty; it simply wasn't fairly.”
“It is actually a part of your journey, a part of your path. To assume you management that, that is not sensible,” McCarthy stated. “Each group has a aim to get by means of this journey and win the Tremendous Bowl. Clearly, that is how your 12 months begins, however everyone has a unique path. It is necessary for us to maintain our eyes ahead and to maintain transferring ahead.”
At 4-2 for the second straight season, the Cowboys are in respectable place to qualify for the playoffs for a 3rd straight 12 months, one thing they haven't executed for the reason that Tremendous Bowl days of the Nineteen Nineties.
It is a place that might have been higher had themisplaced to the . Nonetheless, the Cowboys can have a big say within the NFC East race with two video games remaining in opposition to their division rival.
McCarthy has damaged the season up into trimesters with how the schedule breaks. They only accomplished the primary trimester with 4 of their first six video games on the street, together with three prime-time video games.
The second trimester begins Sunday in opposition to theand ends Nov. 30 in opposition to the on “Thursday Night time Soccer” earlier than a 10-day break main right into a hellacious December.
4 of the Cowboys' subsequent six video games are at AT&T Stadium the place they've received 10 straight video games, the longest energetic residence profitable streak. The final time the Cowboys had such a streak at residence was 11 straight, spanning the 1991 and 1992 seasons after they known as Texas Stadium residence.
The Rams sport will mark their first residence contest in 41 days.
“No place like residence, proper?” McCarthy stated. “It is necessary for us to take care of the home-field benefit which you can set up. I am wanting ahead to taking part in at residence.”
The Cardinals' loss is one thing they may remorse greater than the 49ers' loss. Arizona has not received one other sport this season, so the Cowboys nearly need to be good at residence.
They will ailing afford extra hiccups, however there's a lot to enhance upon. McCarthy particularly talked about pre-snap penalties, however penalties typically are a difficulty. They've 46 for 357 yards, which led the NFL after six weeks.
The working sport is averaging 3.9 yards per carry regardless of having the popular offensive line of, , , and taking part in collectively for the previous two video games. The purple zone stays a difficulty for the offense with the Cowboys changing on simply 9 of 23 alternatives.
Defensively, they've allowed 16 cross performs of 20 yards or extra regardless of taking part in offensively challenged groups just like the Giants, Jets, Cardinals and Patriots. By means of six video games final season, they allowed simply 10 cross performs of 20 yards or extra.
On Monday, McCarthy held his “throughout the corridor” classes, the place the offensive coaches meet with the defensive gamers and vice versa to assist with the self-scout course of.
“We have got to enhance,” McCarthy stated.
The following six video games maintain the important thing to the season. Win at the very least 5, and the Cowboys might be in good condition coming right into a December and January that options video games in opposition to the Eagles,, Dolphins, and .
When the gamers reconvene Monday, McCarthy is not going to take a worldwide view of the place the Cowboys are in the intervening time. He needs their concentrate on the current. He needs to get off the curler coaster.
“I do not pay a lot consideration to the data. There are two issues that I've at all times actually targeted on, your self-scout and your division,” McCarthy stated. “I do not assume you ever need to look exterior of your division for a barometer of the place you're, particularly in October.
“I am going by the outdated adage, once you get to 10 wins, then go searching. It is most likely 11 wins now as a result of it is a 17-game season. It is a part of our enterprise, and there is plenty of dialog, however I've by no means used that with the group. I do not see the advantage of it, frankly.”