Cowboys should stay grounded against underachieving Browns

A trap game is basically where a dominate team isn’t prepared to play a team that’s not on their level. Over the years, we’ve seen teams more focused on their opponent of the following week and lose a game they should have won with their eyes closed. With all the success Dak Prescott and company has had so far, the last thing they want to do is underestimate Cleveland and lose to the Browns on the road. We saw last week that Prescott is human. He and the Cowboys came out flat against the Eagles but managed to win that game in overtime 29-23. Prescott finished the night completed 19-for-39 for 287 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in a comeback victory versus a divisional opponent at home during prime time. The Cowboys have a two-game road trip in the Rustbelt region with Cleveland this Sunday and Pittsburgh the following Sunday. Head Coach Jason Garrett wants to ensure his team isn’t looking ahead to the Steelers and lose a game to the awful Cleveland Browns.

The Cowboys have a two-game road trip in the Rustbelt region with Cleveland this Sunday and Pittsburgh the following Sunday. Head Coach Jason Garrett wants to ensure his team isn’t looking ahead to the Steelers and lose a game to the awful Cleveland Browns.

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A team like Cleveland has absolutely nothing to lose, they are professional athletes with pride and want to actually win games. Nothing is more satisfying than for a winless team to beat one of the best teams in the NFL. A win here for Cleveland can be a moral booster and the satisfaction of making this phenomenal Cowboys team look bad. A lost here and bad play by Prescott will definitely get the conversation going about who should start he or Tony Romo. Prescott is the first to tell you he’s a rookie and is still learning and hasn’t seen everything just yet. This will be his first time facing against a team that is this awful. Every team Prescott has played so far either had a winning record or had the potential to become a winning team. In the case of Cleveland neither are in play. So it’ll be interesting to see Prescott’s approach to this game.
On the other hand, this could be one of the best games we’ve seen from Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliot. Prescott can continue to improve his quarterback rating and solidify his role as the starting quarterback. Elliot and this dominating offensive line should have no problem with the ground game and we may see the most yards Elliot has had so far this season. There’s no way the Cowboys should lose this game unless they come in completely unprepared. So far what we know of Dak Prescott is that he is a rookie by status, but his  approach to the game is veteran like. Prescott seems to maintain a level-head in all faces of adversity so there’s no reason to believe that he won’t continue with that going into Cleveland. This game could possibly get to the point where we might see a Mark Sanchez sighting and that’s not too far fetch.
With that being said, it’s even more of a reason for the Cowboys to take this game very serious. After this game they’ll prepare them for their next opponent; the Pittsburgh Steelers. If the Cowboys can manage to win these next two games on the road, they will put themselves in a very comfortable position.

Cowboys are set to face off against the Browns at 1pm Eastern.

Joshua Vinson

Joshua Vinson

This season is my 5th year covering the NBA. I specialize in feature stories and exclusives are what I do best. During the NFL season, I'm now covering the Carolina Panthers. This is my second year covering the NFL. Feel free to connect with me. I live by the following quote: "A journalist who doesn't value deeply an audience's loyalty should be in another line of work." --- Peter Jennings

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