Cowboys 30, Packers 16
This was the week the Cowboys were to be tested, right?
I don’t know if the Packers showed up to Lambeau Field Sunday Afternoon, did they?
The tables were all set for a HUGE CLASH OF TWO TITANS, the Packers stout run defense vs. the BEST OFFENSIVE LINE in the NFL, “The Great Wall II”. The Dallas Offensive line ran the ball down the Packers Defensive line’s throat. Rookie Running back Ezekiel Elliot ran for over 150 yards and Rookie Quarterback Dak Prescott threw for over 245 yard with 3 Touchdowns. You have to give it up to Coach Linehan (Offensive Coordinator) huge props for calling plays that showed off the strengths of (QB) Dak Prescott and (RB) Ezekiel Elliot. This Defense was able to create 4 Turnovers (1 INT and 3 FUMBLE RECOVERIES) which was KEY to Dallas’s victory over the Green Bay Packers, 30 -16. This young Cowboys Defense is playing above their heads right now, which is a tribute to Coach Marinelli (Defensive Coordinator) and Coach Garrett (Head Coach). Packers (QB) Aaron Rodgers couldn’t seem to get on track against a very aggressive Cowboy’s front line. Rogers saw 1 on 1 coverage pretty much all game and still couldn’t hit open targets, even though he had plenty of time to throw the ball in this game. The Packers ended up with a total of 78 yards rushing and 294 yards passing. It was a good showing for the Cowboy Defense
Let’s get to it shall we…
The Cowboys actually won the opening (again) and elected to put their offense on the field first, I still don’t like it, but it seems to be working for this year’s team. The Cowboys scored on their opening drive a 1 yard touchdown pass to (WR) Cole Beasly, 6rec for 58 yards and 2 TDs. The Packers offense was able to come back with a 37 yard Field goal (Crosby). The Cowboys lead after the first quarter, 7 – 3. In the 2nd Quarter the Packers and Cowboys traded Field Goals, a 43 yarder by Crosby and a 44 yarder by Dan Bailey, 10 – 6. Before going into half the Cowboys were able to conduct a 5 play 97 yard drive ending with a beautifully thrown 20 yard Touchdown pass from QB Dak Prescott to WR Brice Butler with 33 seconds left, 17 – 6. The 3 quarter didn’t have much scoring, with the Cowboys capitalizing on a Aaron Rodgers interception by (S) Barry Church leading to a 22 yard Dan Bailey Field Goal, 20 – 6. The 4th Quarter ended with the Cowboys and Packers trading Field Goals and Touch Downs. Green Bay 34 yard Field Goal by Crosby and a 6 yard touchdown pass from Aaron Rodgers to WR, Randall Cobb. The Cowboys had a 32 yard Field Goal by Dan Bailey and a 4 yard touchdown pass from Dak Prescott to Cole Beasly, FINAL 30 – 16.
The Cowboys played without a few key starters in this game (QB) Tony Romo (BACK), (LG) La’el Collins (FOOT), (WR) Dez Bryant & (RB) Lance Dunbar (KNEE), (LB) Kyle Wilbur (Neck) & (CB) Orlando Scandrick (HAMSTRINGS).
Quarterback Dak Prescott continues to impress with his confidence, poise and energy. In this game versus the Packers Defense he really showed that there is no stage too big for this kid. He took what the Packers gave him; he didn’t let what seemed as if to be a blitz on every play rattle him. This kid is the real deal and he is making a lot of people re-think the idea of letting Team Captain, Tony Romo regain his starting quarterback job back once he is READY and HEALTHY. Dak ended his day, 18/27, 247 yards, 3TDs, 2 Fumbles with 1 lost and his 1st interception. NOTE: Before Dak threw his 1st interception, he was able to break Tom Brady’s Rookie Record of 162 pass attempts with 176 attempts of his own before throwing his first interception of the 2016 Season. Congratulations Dak.
Let’s talk about the Offensive Line. (RB) Ezekiel Elliot ended his day with 28 rushes for 157 yards, he didn’t score in this game but he was key running behind (LT) Tyron Smith, (LG) Ron Leary, (C) Travis Frederick, (RG) Zack Martin, and (RT) Doug Free picking up first down after first down, sustaining drives keeping the Packers front 7 at bay. They are very impressive; they truly have earned to be called THE BEST OFFENSIVE LINE in the NFL. “The Great Wall II” gave up 1 sack to the Packers Defense. BALL-OUT Offensive Line.
The Cowboys were able to attack the Packers Defense through the air throughout the day. Dak Prescott found (WR) Cole Beasly twice and (WR) Brice Butler. Without (WR) Dez Bryant the receivers stepped up their game. (WR) Terrence Williams, 4rec, 75yards, every key passing play seemed to be thrown to either Beasly or Williams. Since Dez has been out, Terrence Williams has stepped up his game. There even was a (WR) Brice Butler sighting, 1rec for 20yards and a TD but he had a huge drop in the 2nd half, which would have been huge for this offense. (WR) Cole Beasly had another productive night, 6rec, 58yards, and 2TDs. I have to give it to your TEAM CAPTAIN, (TE) Jason Witten, 4rec for 42yards. Offensive Coordinator, Scott Linehan continues to impress with his play calling. (WR) Lucky Whitehead continues to have at least one or two plays that seem to shine through at a key moment in a game, this week he had two plays, one a “Jet Sweep” on 3rd down for 26yards and the 2nd was a 35yard reception. Again, teams don’t have an answer for that Jet Sweep, the Cowboys run so many plays out of that formation, and it continuously keeps defenses off balance.
The Cowboy Defense vs. The Packers Offense, the packers Running backs came into the game beat up; they tried running Eddie Lacy, ankle injury, up the middle like previous Cowboy opponents. Though effective every now and again, the Cowboys front four were able to bottle up the Packers running backs. The Cowboy’s defense continues to do a lot of bending, but never breaks. They managed to prevent the runs up the middle and the cutback runs. Defensive Coordinator Rod Marinelli has this defense playing OVER ITS PAY RANGE, if you know what I mean. (DL) David Irving, 3tckls, Ast, Sack and 3 Forced Fumbles, (DT) Terrell McClain, 3tackls.
With the injury to (LB) Kyle Wilbur (NECK) the Cowboy Linebackers had a decent game. Defensive Captain, (LB) Sean Lee, 9 tackles, 9 assists, had his usual steady game. (LB) Justin Durant contributed with 2 tackles and almost had a sack on a key 3rd down play, which was erased by at 15 yard facemask penalty on QB, Aaron Rodgers. The Cowboy Linebackers continuously allow Tighends to get behind them; we have to tighten this up.
The Cowboy’s secondary has been playing a lot 1 on 1coverage, trying to generate more pass rush up front. With (CB) Orlando Scandrick missing another day with two bad hamstrings. The secondary has been relying on young Rookie Corner Anthony Brown to play the slot corner position. Anthony Brown, 9 tackles, 1 Ast and a Forced Fumble is playing like an experienced veteran. (CB) Brandon Carr, 3 tackles, 2 assists, played well against the Packers wide receivers. (CB) Morris Claiborne, 1 tackle, left with a concussion in the 2nd quarter after running into Sean Lee on his only tackle of the game. (S) Byron Jones, 2 tackles, filled in at corner when Morris Claiborne went out for the game, allowing (S) Jeff Heath, 2 tackles, to have some time at Safety. (S) Barry Church, had an interception in the 3rd Quarter finishing with, 4 tackles, Assist and a Forced Fumble. Special Teams star (S) J.J. Wilcox finished with 4 tackles.
Lastly, I want to say…
You (COWBOY NATION) have to be riding this HIGH right now, 4 turnovers in one game, this defense, really? This team is rolling and I just don’t know what else we can do to keep this thing going. Well maybe I have 1 suggestion or more of a request… Jerry during this bye-week, PLEASE bring in a PASS RUSHER, it’s the MISSING PIECE to this TEAM. We NEED TO PRESSURE THE OPPOSING QUATERBACK a bit MORE.
COWBOY-UP!!! COWBOY NATION, this is YOUR TEAM doing this…. Just like I said last week about the Cincinnati Bengals, the Packers showed up physically, but somebody forgot to tell them to bring their game with them. The Packers, along with ALL their fans were discontent throughout the game, booing, complaining, you could see the look of “WTF” just happened here on ALL their faces, they just had NO ANSWER for the BEST OFFENSIVE LINE IN THE NFL and the 2 Rookie Superstars.
To everyone who doubted me at the beginning of the season, now how do you feel? You have a 5 – 1 Team, a week to heal up for the stretch run for the playoffs. This team believes in itself and each other. The Coaching Staff is jelling with the players. And EVERYONE believes in “The System”.
Jerry don’t forget about my request J (see above)
On to the next… a much needed BYE. Then preparation for our much hated rivals, the Philadelphia Eagles @ home on Halloween Eve before a National Audience on Sunday Night Football, NBC.
Thank you Cowboy Nation