Well instead of doing weekly recaps and previews, I decided it would be good to take in the performance of the team a different way. Almost 20% of the season is already over and the Cowboys have looked pretty strong out the gate. Dallas has posted convincing wins against the Giants, Redskins, and Dolphins. They face some intriguing match ups next. But overall they could hit the bye week in a very desirable position.
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You could easily state that the first three opponents of the season have been a wreck, and you wouldn’t be wrong. The overall record of the three opponents is 1-8. Dallas has shredded these teams by averaging around 32.3 points per game. They are giving up around 14.6 points per game. Granted, the offenses of each of these teams has been inferior. You have to be proud of the fact that this team isn’t playing down to the competition.
So far the passing game and running game have been very strong. Offensively, Prescott has thrown for just over 900 yards, with 9 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. He is throwing the ball down the field more often and has only been sacked twice. The return of Travis Frederick has been a big time blessing. Running wise, Elliott came back just in time for the start of the season. He’s finally getting up to speed and is looking close to form. Tony Pollard on the other hand is playing like a man with something to prove. Pollard has been fun to watch and will help preserve Zeke throughout the year. Cooper is doing what Amari showed he could do last year. A big surprise this season along with Pollard has been Michael Gallup. Unfortunately for the Cowboys, Gallup is going to be out for a few weeks. Before his exit, he was leading the Cowboys in receptions and receiving yardage. Witten is still serviceable and Cobb is doing well in his Cole Beasley like role. We finally can’t forget the play calling by Kellen Moore on this side of the ball. So far defenses are guessing, but with more film out there it will be key to see how Dallas makes adjustments throughout the season.
Taco time is over in Dallas. The Cowboys released the former first rounder. It was good to see the team want to cut ties with players who do not want to be a part of the system. Marinelli and Kris Richard have the defense playing well. There are still some issues on this side of the ball though. The front four are not bringing the pressure that we would like to see from our defense. To prove this point, we have only 5 sacks on the season. Dallas is near the top 40% in yards given up per game, but the run defense has been very stout. Another positive note is that Dallas is in the top five in points allowed average wise.
Brett Maher has had much work to do this season with Dallas scoring touchdowns. He’s 2/3 on field goal attempts and 13/13 on pats. Punting wise, we aren’t the best at average yards per punt, but the team is not allowing much yardage return wise.
Things look bright for Dallas in the upcoming weeks. They face a Saints team without Drew Brees, a tough Packers team, then the Jets and Eagles. Barring any big time setbacks the Cowboys could be looking at a 5-2 recording heading into the bye. In reality though, I can see this team going 6-1 losing to either the Packers or the Eagles, but not both. Let’s hope that the momentum takes them to at least 3 more wins.
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