Dallas Cowboys officially eliminated from playoff contention

The Dallas Cowboys playoff chances squandered away like a Dez Bryant dropped pass on Sunday. Simultaneously, Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks kept their slim playoff hopes alive.

Seattle spoiled Ezekiel Elliott’s return. Coming off a 42-7 Week 15 trashing, the Seahawks bounced back in Week 16. Wilson and Seattle defense led the club to a  21-12 victory. The Cowboys’ loss officially ended the team’s postseason bid.

It was a improbable win for the Seahawks. According to Fox Sports, the Seahawks became the first team since the 1966 Eagles to win a game with more penalty yards than total yards. Seattle finished with 136 total yards and 11 penalties totaling 146 yards. Dallas finished with 283 total yards.

The Seahawks backyard-style offense once again relied on Wilson’s improvability. Meanwhile, the Cowboys did thing indicative on their disappointing season — inability to make timely plays, turnovers and missed opportunities. All of which were highlight by Bryant’s dropped passes, Dak Prescott’s interceptions and Dan Bailey’s missed field goals. Consequently, the Cowboys’ Christmas Eve was spoiled by Seahawks.

Let’s face it, the Cowboys took a step back this season. Coming into the year, Prescott admitted that 2017 would be more difficult than last year’s breakout 13-3 campaign, and it was. The Cowboys weren’t able to sneak up on teams this season. Teams had more film on the Cowboys and their opponents responded accordingly.

The Cowboys eventful season was marred by Elliott’s suspension and injuries. Those two factors received plenty of attention. Yet, the team’s deficiencies are glaring. Dallas needs to improve in all phases. On defense, the team’s secondary is young and inexperience and it showed. On the other side of the ball, the offensive line took a step back and Bryant’s days as a No. 1 wideout are done. Though, in totality, the entire team receded this year, causing them to have an extended vacation.

Dallas’ season will be officially be over on New Years Eve. On the bright side, the team’s clear regression this year can serve as motivation for 2018.

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