Another blowout pushes season to brink, Jones says Garrett is safe

Arlington -- In a shockingly similar result to their last two games, the Cowboys fell victim to a second-half LA Charger surge and got blown out 28-6, handing Dallas their third consecutive loss, all but dashing their postseason hopes.

Despite another second half where the Cowboys struggled just to compete, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says his head coach is safe and he is not evaluating Jason Garrett's position.

"Absolutely not," said Jones.

At 5-6 now, the Cowboys playoff hopes are on life support. Since running back Zeke Elliott began serving his 6-game suspension, the Cowboys have shown no signs of pulling out of this nosedive. The Cowboys have been outscored 72-6 in the second halves of the last three games.

"We're not a good team right now," said Jones. "Our arrow is not going up. It's actually going down right now in terms of being able to put the whole package together to win ballgames."

Jones made a point to address the entire team after the loss. Jones wouldn't elaborate on what he told the team.

Defensive end Tyrone Crawford described it as a message of support, "he told us to sit back and take a look at ourselves, take a look at what's around us and see how blessed we are on this Thanksgiving Day, and just go into next week knowing that we're super blessed to be in this position, and to take advantage of it," said Crawford.

Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott struggled mightily again, throwing for less than 200 yards for the third straight game. He also suffered a pair of interceptions, one of which was returned 90 yards for a touchdown by Desmond King. Prescott has now thrown five picks over the last five days. For the first time in his NFL career, Prescott suffering back-to-back multiple interception games.

The Cowboys sophomore signal caller says he's never been as frustrated as he is now, calling it his toughest stretch ever as a quarterback, "I don't know how many it is, five or six turnovers in two games," he said. "I've [had] seasons without that many."

The return of all-pro left tackle Tyron Smith did little to help the Cowboys offensive woes. Prescott was sacked twice, bringing the total to 14 sacks in the last three games, more than the 10 sacks the Cowboys surrendered in the first eight games of the season.

The Cowboys again struggled to create explosive plays. In the first half, Prescott's longest pass was eight yards, and he had just one completion for more than 20 yards in the entire game. It was a 38-yard hook-up to Terrence Williams on a crossing route in the fourth quarter, and it's just the third completion of 20-or-more-yards in the last three games.

Receiver Dez Bryant wasn't targeted at all in the first half. He finished the game with three catches for 37 yards on five targets.

Without Elliott, the offense is clearly stuck in a ditch, failing to create big plays consistently. The result - an average of just a little more than seven points per game in the three without Elliott. The Cowboys had averaged nearly 32 points per game in the six before Elliott started serving his suspension.

Before scoring a fourth-quarter touchdown, the Cowboys streak reached 10 quarters without one, which according to the game broadcast, has never happened in team history.

"We're in a funk, or whatever you want to call it, it's not fun to be in," Prescott said. "We've got to figure out ways to get out of it. Me individually and just this offense collectively, we got to get back to work and continue to do that and just, like I said, figure out what's going on and get out of this."

Life comes at you fast and this NFL season has done the same for the Cowboys.

18 days ago after beating the Kansas City Chiefs at home, it looked as if the season was rounding into form. Now, two-and-a-half weeks later, the season is all-but-over.

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