The Cowboys have lost three out of four games and multiple key players can’t return fast enough – The Athletic

ARLINGTON, Texas — The officials were the stars of Thursday’s game at AT&T Stadium. The Cowboys were penalized 14 times for a franchise-record 166 yards. The Las Vegas Raiders weren’t too far behind with 14 penalties for 110 yards.

But that’s not the reason the Cowboys lost 36-33 in overtime on this Thanksgiving Day.

No, this is a Dallas team trending in the wrong direction. After starting the season 6-1, the Cowboys have dropped three of their past four. The good news is that star wide receivers Amari Cooper (Reserve/COVID-19) and CeeDee Lamb (concussion) and starting defensive ends DeMarcus Lawrence (foot) and Randy Gregory (calf) are coming back in the near future.

Cooper, Lamb and Lawrence are expected to play next Thursday night at New Orleans. Gregory could be back the following week at Washington. When this Cowboys team is at full strength, it can beat any team in the league. When it is not, it looks average, like it did on Thursday.

In the world of professional football, being 100 percent healthy isn’t reality. Teams have to find ways to overcome some of these key losses. The Cowboys looked like they had that ability a month ago in Minnesota when backup quarterback

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