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3 Studs and Duds From Dallas Cowboys Preseason Week 1 Matchup

Brian Martin

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3 Studs and Duds From Dallas Cowboys Preseason Week 1 Matchup
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How awesome was to finally have some Dallas Cowboys football back in our lives!? The Week 1 preseason matchup between the Dallas Cowboys and the San Francisco 49ers might not have turned out the way we would've liked, but it was truly great to see Da' Boys back in action on the field.

As expected, everything wasn't sunshine and rainbows though. As much as we would've liked to see the Dallas Cowboys hit the ground running by completely dominating the 49ers throughout the game Saturday night, that just wasn't the case. Some players were able to stand out from others and some failed live up to expectations. That's what I want to talk about today.

Below are the studs and duds from the Dallas Cowboys preseason matchup against the San Francisco 49ers.

Dallas Cowboys Studs Against 49ers

Michael Gallup

Dallas Cowboys WR Michael Gallup

1st-team Offense

It was a small sample size, but the Dallas Cowboys first-team offense looked pretty impressive against the San Francisco 49ers Saturday night. They were easily able to drive the field thanks to in large part the strong connection between Dak Prescott and Michael Gallup. That alone is encouraging, but even rookie RB Tony Pollard didn't look out of place in the few carries he received behind the majority of the Cowboys starting OL. The only thing that could've made it even more impressive is if they would've been able to complete the drive with a TD.

#16 Cedrick Wilson, WR

If not for leaving the game early after being on the receiving end of an illegal hit, Wide Receiver Cedrick Wilson might've been the MVP for the Dallas Cowboys in the preseason Week 1 matchup against the San Francisco 49ers. After spending his rookie season on injured reserve, it was good to see Wilson back on the field and picking up where he left off. His ability to play on the outside or in the slot could make him a valuable asset in the passing game. If he can remain consistent throughout the remainder of the preseason he should not only make the final 53-man roster, but be a contributor in 2019.


#57 Luke Gifford, LB

Like Cedrick Wilson, Linebacker Luke Gifford unfortunately had to leave the game early due to an injury. It's truly sad because he was putting together quite a performance and even recorded the first turnover for the Dallas Cowboys defense, an interception, in the first half after picking off QB Nick Mullens. Luckily his injury looks to be nothing more than an ankle sprain. He may miss a little time while recovering, but the way he's performed in practices and now in a game situation might have already secured him a backup role and roster spot with the Cowboys in 2019.

Dallas Cowboys Duds Against 49ers

Brett Maher

Dallas Cowboys K Brett Maher

#2 Brett Maher, K

If you're just a look at the stat sheet you would see that Kicker Brett Maher was successful on three out of four of his field goal attempts Saturday night against the San Francisco 49ers. But, if you happened to watch the game you probably would've noticed two out of those three makes narrowly squeaked inside the uprights and his miss from 35 yards out, almost the same distance of an extra point attempt, wasn't even close. After being shaky in practices and once again in an actual game situation, the growing concern about the Cowboys kicking situation gains more traction. It might be time to look for outside help.

#3 Mike White, QB

It might be a little unfair to label QB Mike White as a dud, but not if you compare him to the way Cooper Rush played earlier in the game. From the get-go White was under duress due to poor blocking of the offensive line, so that could have a little to do with his performance. It kind of took him a while to look comfortable and get into any kind of rhythm. He did start to redeem himself towards the end of the game, but he's clearly playing second fiddle to Rush right now in the backup QB competition. I'd like to see White get the first chance behind Prescott in the next preseason game in order to get as fair of an evaluation of the two backup QBs as possible to see if that makes any difference.

#81 Jon'Vea Johnson, WR

Rookie WR Jon'Vea Johnson was one of the more hyped up young wide receivers prior to the Week 1 preseason game against the 49ers, but that's probably no longer the case. Unfortunately for Johnson, he developed a case of the drops when the lights came on Saturday night in San Francisco. He still has plenty of time to redeem himself, but as an undrafted free agent his chances of making the active roster were slim to begin with. He's really going to have to step up his game from here on out if he wants to make the cut.

Who were your studs and duds from the Cowboys Week 1 preseason game?


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DAL 37, PHI 10: Cowboys Correct Course by Crushing Eagles

Jess Haynie

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Randall Cobb, Eagles
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The Dallas Cowboys will need plenty more games like this one to undo some of the damage from their recent three-game losing streak. But with a 37-10 rout of the division rival Philadelphia Eagles tonight, Dallas took a big step toward redemption and restoring order in their season.

The game got ugly in a hurry for the Eagles, who fumbled on their first two possessions and set the Cowboys up for touchdowns on each. Philadelphia would answer with a score on their next drive to make it 14-7, but it was all Dallas from there.

It was a joint effort from all parts of the Cowboys roster tonight. Ezekiel Elliott had 111 yards rushing and another 36 receiving, plus one touchdown on the ground. Dak Prescott threw for 239 yards and one score and ran for another touchdown.


Dallas' defense limited Philadelphia to just 283 total yards. DeMarcus Lawrence, Robert Quinn, and Jourdan Lewis each recorded sacks while Xavier Woods had a rare interception for the Cowboys secondary.

Even special teams contributed; Brett Maher nailed a 63-yard field goal to end the first half and made his two other FG attempts as well.

The Eagles were missing several key players on both sides of the ball, giving them a bit of an excuse for how lopsided this game got. But with Dallas now getting bye week rest while Philadelphia has to stay on the road in Buffalo, is this the beginning of the end for the Eagles' season?

Other Notes

  • Amari Cooper led the receivers tonight with 106 yards on five catches. He did not appear to be hampered by any injury despite our worries earlier in the week.
  • Maher's 63-yard field goal put him in the NFL record books as the only kicker to ever hit three career FGs from 60 or more.
  • Prescott's 21st career rushing touchdown broke Roger Staubach's record for most all-time rushing TDs by a Cowboys quarterback.
  • Some negative injury news coming out of the game; Leighton Vander Esch (neck) and Robert Quinn (ribs) both had to leave and didn't return. No word yet on severity for either, but hopefully the bye week is all they need to recover.
  • Jeff Heath was also shaken up toward the end of the game but appeared to be okay on the sideline.
  • No injury setbacks for any of the Cowboys' previously concerning players. Amari Cooper, Randall Cobb, Tyron Smith, and La'el Collins all made it through without incident.
  • Dallas now gets a long rest with the bye week and their next game not coming until Monday, Nov. 4th, against the New York Giants. While the Cowboys are healing up, the Giants will be traveling to Detroit next Sunday.


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DAL 27, PHI 7: Cowboys Winning Every Phase, Build Big Halftime Lead

Jess Haynie

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Report: Cowboys, Ezekiel Elliott Agree in Principle on Contract Extension

The Dallas Cowboys certainly heard about Doug Pederson's win guarantee, but did anyone tell Pederson's team? The Philadelphia Eagles have fumbled and flopped their way into a 24-7 halftime deficit in this pivotal Week 7 rivalry game.

Two early fumbles by Dallas Goedert and Carson Wentz helped set up the Cowboys for short fields and touchdowns. Dallas has scored points on all but one of their drives in the first half.

Ezekiel Elliott is on pace for his best game of 2019 so far. He has 65 rushing yards and another 25 through the air, with one touchdown coming on the ground.

Dak Prescott has been sharp with 161 passing yards on 15-of-20 passing. He connected with Blake Jarwin on the team's second touchdown of the night.

Dallas' other touchdown came on a pretty toss play to Tavon Austin, who used his athletic skills to juke one Eagle and then outrace the rest to the endzone.


Brett Maher finished the half with an amazing 63-yard field goal. He also made one from 26 yards earlier.

Standouts on defense so far include DeMarcus Lawrence, who is playing up to his verbal response to the Eagles' head coach earlier this week. We've also some big plays from Maliek Collins, Jourdan Lewis, and Robert Quinn.

Leighton Vander Esch had to leave the game with a neck injury and is questionable to return. Hopefully, the Cowboys won't need him.

Great start by the good guys! Let's keep it going!


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Eagles @ Cowboys 2019: Gameday Inactives for Both Teams

Jess Haynie

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Seldom-Used CB Jourdan Lewis Could Play Big Role Against Saints

Kickoff between the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles in Week 7 of the 2019 season is almost upon us. The teams have now officially declared their inactive players for tonight, and the Cowboys' list comes with many sighs of relief.

After a week of worrying that several starters and other key players could miss this pivotal game, Dallas should have most of them on hand.

David Helman on Twitter

Cowboys inactives: Devin Smith, Anthony Brown, Luke Gifford, Adam Redmond, Brandon Knight, Justin Hamilton, Dorance Armstrong.

Losing Anthony Brown, who is essentially a starter as the nickel corner, isn't great. But it will mean more playing time for Jourdan Lewis, and to some that could be a blessing in disguise.

Not on this list are Amari Cooper, Randall Cobb, Tyron Smith, La'el Collins, and Byron Jones, all of whom had concerns earlier in the week about their availability to play.


As for Philadelphia, their inactive list features several key names

Jeff McLane on Twitter

Ronald Darby is active for the #Eagles. Rookie Shareef Miller active for the first time. The inactives for tonight's game against the Cowboys: DeSean Jackson, Avonte Maddox, Darren Sproles, Nigel Bradham, Nate Herbig, Jason Peters, Tim Jernigan.

You can read more analysis of the Eagles' missing players here. But just to summarize, that's two offensive starters(Jackson, Peters) and three from the defense (Jernigan, Bradham, Maddox) who won't be playing in Dallas tonight.

Will these injuries decide the game? Will Dallas take advantage or will Philly overcome?

We're about to find out!


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