Cowboys, Jerry Jones feeling the tension ahead of Week 8 matchup vs. Eagles

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones' team is struggling to a horrendous start in 2020.
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Somehow, someway, the Philadelphia Eagles still lead a mess of an NFC East division with a 2-4-1 over the first seven weeks of the 2020 season.

Much of that has to do with the disastrous start experienced by the Dallas Cowboys, widely considered to be the Eagles’ only threat for the divisional title above the lowly Giants and Washington Football Team.

But as the Eagles have stumbled out of the gates, so have the Cowboys, who have had it even worse.

They lost their star quarterback in Dak Prescott to a gruesome injury against the Giants, their defense is one of the worst units in the NFL, and there have already been reports that players anonymously have bashed the coaching staff, led by head coach Mike McCarthy, who is in his first year with the club.

Needless to say, it’s created some tense times in the Lone Star State, and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones certainly seems to be on edge these days — especially when his team’s next matchup comes this Sunday against the Eagles on Sunday night Philadelphia.

The NFL’s most recognizable owner snapped at 105.3 The Fan’s Shan Shariff on Tuesday morning when asked if there was a leadership issue plaguing the organization.

SHARIFF: Does your team have a leadership void?

JONES: Uh, when – where, in the offensive line?

SHARIFF: Just overall.

JONES: But seriously, where would you have a leadership void? Is it an experience void? Is it a talent void? Is it – I’m not trying to be cute here. The answer’s no.

SHARIFF: I’m asking —

JONES: Well, just shut up and let me answer. No. 

SHARIFF: Jerry, when you go into the locker room and you see the — 

JONES: I gave you the answer. When I go into the locker room, there’s no leadership void, in my eyes. Now that’s your answer. Let’s move on.

Without Prescott, the Cowboys have looked lifeless in their last two games. They were blown out by the Arizona Cardinals in Week 6 before experiencing a beatdown at the hands of Washington, 25-3, on Sunday afternoon.

That included the loss of backup quarterback Andy Dalton, who was taken out of the game by a dirty hit by Washington linebacker Jonathan Bostic.

Heading into a primetime matchup at Lincoln Financial Field, the 2-5 Cowboys will now be relying on third-stringer Ben DiNucci — a seventh-round draft pick out of James Madison.

With their slacking defense and an unproven quarterback, Dallas’ dubious streak of trailing by at least 14 points in six-straight games looks poised to continue. It’s the first time since 1961 — their second season of existence — that they’ve done that.

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