Dallas Cowboys quarterback Andy Dalton made his debut as a starter for the team in their Week 6 tilt against the Arizona Cardinals. However, his first game was an embarrassing 38-10 defeat that everybody on the Cowboys would love to forget.
The TCU product was sacked three times and pressured eight times by the Cardinals, which helped result in two interceptions and another pass that easily should have been picked. His situation under center got worse when All-Pro right guard Zack Martin suffered a concussion in the first quarter, which leaves another hole in an already depleted offensive line.
The Cowboys veteran responded to the issues that are hurting his team’s chances of winning and stressed the need to address these in their coming games:
“We’re hurting ourselves with turnovers, and we’ve got to get this fixed. It has been the trend this year, especially early in games. That has affected how we’ve been able to play. We haven’t been able to run our full offense and run it how it should be run because we’re getting down in these games because we’re turning the ball over. I think it’s one of those things where we’ve got to get this fixed. The ball is the most important thing, and we can’t be handing it to the other team,” he said, via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
The 10-year veteran threw for 266 passing yards while completing 34 out of 54 passes, and there was a touchdown pass to Amari Cooper mixed in. CeeDee Lamb finished with 64 receiving yards on seven receptions, while Michael Gallup was limited with 23 yards on two catches in the loss. Cowboys star running back Ezekiel Elliott managed just 49 yards on 12 carries, and he fumbled the ball twice.
America’s Team now finds themselves with a 2-4 record, but they still hold the top spot in the struggling NFC East. Dalton will aim to get his first win as a starter for the Cowboys in their next matchup against the Washington Football Team in Week 7 proceedings.