The Dallas Cowboys came out of their Week 9 bye week with aggression and confidence. With two weeks to prepare, they bubbled up, defeated the Minnesota Vikings and hoped to have turned their season around. Four days later, those hopes came crashing down to earth on Thanksgiving when they were blitzkrieged by the Washington Football Team to drop to 3-8 on the season.
They were scheduled to be able to lick their wounds and try and bounce back a week later, as is their recent November tradition with back-to-back Thursday games. Their next opponent though, the Baltimore Ravens, have been undergoing a COVID-19 crisis and the schedule has been set on it’s head. The Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers were supposed to follow Dallas-Washington, but have now been postponed three times. Of course, that’s had an impact on the Cowboys-Ravens matchup. First moved to the afternoon of Monday, December 7, it has once again shifted to a Tuesday night affair.
First Baltimore-Pittsburgh was pushed to Sunday. Then they were postponed to Tuesday. As the positive test results continue to come in, the game has once again been pushed back, this time to Wednesday.
So the Cowboys now have basically a second full bye week as they’ll be going 12 days in between contests. Dallas, like other teams during this season, have had their schedule turned upside down due to another team’s inadequate approach to the safety regulations. Baltimore traced their outbreak to a strength and conditioning coach who didn’t report his symptoms and was maskless in the facility.
The list of their players who have tested positive is extensive and star-studded. QB Lamar Jackson and top running backs Mark Ingram and rookie J.K. Dobbins are among multiple dozens of sidelined players and coaches. Their status for the Week 13 game against the Cowboys is up in the air.
Dallas has had their own run-ins with COVID-19, but nowhere to the impact of other teams. This weekend, the Denver Broncos were forced to start a practice squad rookie wide receiver at QB after that entire room was quarantined due to not following safety protocols.
As of now, there’s been no adjustment of Dallas’ Week 14 game, when they travel to Cincinnati, now on just four days rest (after a night game) for a noon CT kickoff.