Despite strong performances from the defense, the Dallas Cowboys are off to a frustrating 1-2 start, as Dak Prescott and company continue to struggle in the passing game.
Dallas ranks third-last in yards per game (277.7), and 31st in scoring offense (13.7). There have been injuries on the usually-dominant offensive line, but Prescott simply hasn't been able to rebound following a disappointing sophomore year.
Coming into 2018, many were concerned about the Cowboys' lack of depth in pass-catchers. Pro Bowler Dez Bryant was released, and future Hall of Famer Jason Witten retired. Veteran Allen Hurns was the only notable pickup the front office made in the offseason.
Sure enough, the Cowboys aren't doing much in the passing game, but veteran wide receiver Cole Beasley doesn't think it's fair to pinpoint the blame on his unit.
"We're just getting open. That's all we can do," Beasley said, according to Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "If you watch the tape, that's all you've got to do. A lot of people aren't watching the tape. They're just assuming. That's fine."
So far, Beasley is leading Dallas in receiving with 12 catches for 132 yards. Deonte Thompson and Tavon Austin have combined for just 14 catches and 164 yards, while Hurns has just four catches for 51 yards.
Prescott took the league by storm in his 2016 rookie season, tossing 3,667 yards, 23 touchdowns and just four interceptions. He added 282 rushing yards and six rushing touchdowns, guiding the Cowboys to the top record in the NFC (13-3), and the winning Offensive Rookie of the Year award.
But things have gone downhill for Prescott and the passing game ever since. With star running back Ezekiel Elliott missing time due to suspension last year, Prescott wasn't able to carry the offense on his back again. And though Elliott has performed well in 2018 thus far, Prescott hasn't been able to do his share.
Dallas welcomes the identical 1-2 Detroit Lions at home this Sunday. If Prescott and the offense doesn't pick it up soon, Dallas will miss the playoffs for the third time in four years, and it may spark the front office to start making changes.