Obviously communication was the issue. As was turnovers, penalties, and a slew of other mishaps. Dallas enters the bye week as a team that still hasn’t figured it out. 8 Weeks into the regular season and they still don’t know who they are, or do they? This loss signified what we will get the rest of the season.
Let’s take a look at some of the good and bad from the game:
- Turnovers were a big part of why Dallas lost this game on Sunday. Prescott himself coughed up the ball a few times and one of the mistakes led to an immediate Redskins touchdown. Dak hasn’t been coached up well this year, and the regression in his play leads me to believe one thing: Linehan and Kellen Moore do not know how to coach up an offense or a quarterback.
- Well when things did look like they were going well the offensive line decided that they wanted more of a challenge. Conner Williams, La’el Collins, and Tyron Smith all decided to get in on the holding party. These 3 killed drives and put the offense in 3rd and long situations which stalled the offense. Of the 13 penalties in the game, 8 were on the Cowboys and 5 of them were on the offense.
- Obviously the Redskins front 4 and possibly front 7 were way too much for the Dallas offensive line on Sunday. Not only were they holding guys, they couldn’t get Zeke to break away on anything all day. Elliott had 15 carries for 32 yards. He was basically getting hit at the line. Maybe a few more tosses or throwing in a TE or FB could’ve helped…
- This might be a rarity but the defense wasn’t solid like they usually are in this one. Sean Lee came back and the team looked out of sync. Adrian Peterson rushed for over 100 yards and Kapri Bibbs looked very dynamic. Not a good look heading into a bye week.
- I usually do not do this but officiating. Prescott was hit a few times and the league didn’t call a thing. Maybe Dak should start a campaign like Cam Newton and whine for calls to go his way. Just saying…..
- The last call. Okay maybe the second to last call. Why the heck would Dallas want to play for a tie? And if you wanted to play for a tie, why didn’t you try to advance the ball further. This will be the question we will want answered. The problem is, Mr. Garrett is going to robotic the crap out of us (not sure if that is good sentence structure).
- Not having to see Cooper Rush go in for Prescott. Dak to a vicious hit which wasn’t called as a penalty (even though it should have been). He went to get checked out and came back to finish the game. The toughness on display was admirable, but you wonder to what extend he felt that hit.
- Third down defense was pretty solid. The defense allowed 13 points and held the Redskins to 3/12 on 3rd down. They were able to get off the field which was a good sign, and the young secondary did a pretty decent job in helping with this.
- The Cowboys passing game hit over 200 yards in the air. This was a good sign and Prescott did spread the ball out more in this one. He was able to hit 7 different targets (WR, TE, RBs) and even stretched the field at times.
I could easily state some more bad in this one. Vent mode could be activated easily. Who are these guys? This team has no identity. The Redskins were gift wrapped an important division game. Dallas is what their record shows and will be the rest of the year. The coaches are inept on offense. Our defense is getting the bad end of this whole deal. Brett might have missed but shouldn’t have been in this position. Obviously the focus this week was that the communication on the road was bad. The team held a meeting. What came out of it was what we saw on Sunday. Maybe they shouldn’t hold meetings anymore…