Last Sunday night, the Dallas Cowboys got a large dose of déjà vu when they fell to the New York Giants. Jason Garrett’s club have lost only two games this year, both to the Big Blue. Of course, the Cowboys did reel off 11 straight wins following their Week 1 loss to Eli Manning and company. Its been a terrific year for a pair of rookies (Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott), who have spearheaded the team’s revival.

But a loss is a loss. And just how will the ‘Boys respond on Sunday night at home? It won't be an easy evening for the current NFC East leaders. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been one of the NFL's hottest teams as of late.

Bench Prescott? Dak’s ridiculous

When you look at the numbers for the season, you can’t help but be impressed. Dak Prescott is completing 65.8 percent of his passes and has connected for 20 scores compared to only four interceptions. It wasn’t long ago that the 2016 fourth-round pick was lighting up the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens defenses for over 300 yards through the air.

However, in his last three games, he’s failed to reach the 200-yard passing mark. And in last Sunday night’s 10-7 loss to the New York Giants, he threw a pair of interceptions and lost a fumble. Immediately, the talk of Tony Romo returning to the lineup began heating up…again. So in the span of three and half hours, Dak Prescott went from a possible league MVP candidate to someone relegated to the bench.

Romo is a veteran performer who has done a lot for the franchise. But he also hasn’t seen the field in 2016. This is an 11-2 Football team, not a 2-11 squad. And let’s give the opposing defenses the Cowboys have faced in recent weeks a little credit as well.

Bouncing back

Last week, Dallas saw its 11-game winning streak snapped by the Giants.

When you win as long as Jason Garrett’s team has this season, it will be interesting to see how this young club responds. Can they shake off last Sunday’s lousy feeling and get back on track? It’s not easy, as we saw numerous times last year.

You will recall that a record five teams opened 2015 at 6-0 or better.

And once each felt defeat for the first time, most seemingly let that setback affect their play for several weeks. All told, it has become a very streaky league and teams like the Giants, Detroit Lions, Pittsburgh Steelers, Minnesota Vikings, Baltimore Ravens, and Green Bay Packers are just a handful of clubs that have been up and down this year.

This Sunday night’s opposition is a Tampa Bay Buccaneers club that has won five straight games and are 7-2 in their last nine games, this after a 1-3 start. It’s an opportunistic team that has totaled 25 takeaways in 13 games. This will be a tough test for the playoff-bound Dallas Cowboys.

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