New England Patriots and Dallas Cowboys: Are both teams in trouble after disappointing season-opening defeats?

NBC Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio: “Just a different vibe. [around the Patriots]. I don’t know how many bad years six championships will buy (Bill) Belichick”; Chris Simms: “I always felt like Dallas should have been running (Duck) Prescott’s right hand… I think they’re in big trouble. ”

Are two of the NFL’s most legendary franchises already in crisis mode, with the 2022 NFL season just a week away?

The Patriots suffered a 20-7 loss in Miami, their fourth straight loss to the Dolphins, in which Mc Jones suffered a back injury and Dallas lost 19-3 at home to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Duck Prescott broke his thumb. in his throwing hand.

The prognosis for both appears to be better than initially feared, as Jones has a clear X-ray, making it more likely that he will play even this weekend. Although Prescott had thumb surgery, the Cowboys did not place him on injury reserve, setting the table for a possible return in four weeks.

But when it comes to Dallas’ prospects for the 2023 season in NBC Pro Football TalkFormer NFL quarterback Chris Simms is already worried about what the loss of Prescott means for the team.

“They’re in big trouble,” Simms said. “They don’t have the team they had last year.

Highlights of the game New England Patriots vs.  Miami Dolphins from the first week of the NFL season

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Highlights of the game New England Patriots vs. Miami Dolphins from the first week of the NFL season

“Back then they had a special team and so they could hide problems and help. [backup QB] Cooper Rush this way.

“Every fear we had about the Cowboys we saw when they collapsed in their faces on Sunday night; the offensive line is not that good, it’s overrated; in defense they lost players; Ezekiel Elliott is good, nothing special; CeeDee Lamb is a good receiver, but not a superstar.

“Duck Prescott is the best player on his team along with Micah Parsons and now he’s gone. They can’t control the ball, they’ll have to rely on aerial play, and I don’t think it’s going to be that special.

Dallas is in trouble.