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Big Moments From Cowboys Week 5 Loss To Patriots

RJ Ochoa



Cowboys Blog - Big Moments From Cowboys Week 5 Loss To Patriots

When you lose 30-6 it's unlikely that there is anything to celebrate. To be perfectly honest, there isn't much.

The Cowboys did hang with the World Champs for a while last Sunday, but before they knew it the Patriots had jumped out so far ahead it was impossible to catch up.

There were a few moments that should be celebrated though, and that's what we're here to do. These were the bright spots throughout the game that kept us in it and give us the most promise looking forward at the post-bye version of the Cowboys.

Sacks Coming

During the Patriots first offensive possession they were facing a steep third down. Tom Brady dropped back, assessed the fi-WHOA HE GOT SACKED!

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Rolando McClain and Greg Hardy, playing for the first time in 2015, had a party and the meeting spot was the quarterback.

This was a big moment for the Cowboys as the game was very young and it helped set the tone that the defense would have throughout the first half of the game. The Cowboys were on a mission to pressure Brady, and they were firing at will.

Cowboys fans should be very excited for the remaining 11 games of the season as these two are going to have far more parties with similar meeting spots throughout this run.

Greg Hardy Shows Up

The Kraken was officially released on Sunday and he let Tom Brady know it. After having already taken Tommy down with Rolando McClain, Hardy made a big play all by himself.

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With the Patriots inside their own 30 Hardy beat his man and raced for Brady. With the quarterback's arm still behind him, Hardy batted the ball out and took Brady down with him.

The ball was out for what felt like forever, but ultimately Julian Edelman came down with it. This was a potentially game changing play for the Cowboys for if they had recovered it they would have had the ball already within field goal range.

These are the kinds of plays that Greg Hardy was brought in to make. It's great to see that in his first game he is already having a major impact on the football field.

Devin Street Gets Down

Late in the third quarter the Cowboys mounted what was arguably their best drive of the day. After crossing midfield the Cowboys faced a 3rd and 12. With no Dez Bryant, Brandon Weeden went to a young up-and-coming Cowboy who we've had our eye on.

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Weeden went left and found Devin Street. #15 was near the sidelines and managed to drop his body low, tapping the turf with his knees before falling out of bounds.

This was a pivotal play on the drive for without it the Cowboys would have most likely punted. It was probably the biggest catch of the season for Devin Street. Perhaps it can serve as a boost of confidence for the second year receiver out of Pittsburgh as the Cowboys will need every offensive weapon in their arsenal if they look to make some noise after the bye week.

Run, Randle, Run

The very next play after Street stayed in bounds, Joseph Randle had a highlight of his own. He bursted through the Patriots defenders, gave a little shake, and before he knew it was past the first down marker.

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Randle showed the burst through the gap that we've seen from him before, and was a hair away from out-shimmying Devin McCourty.

These are the types of plays that Cowboys fans have been looking to see Randle make throughout games, and not just at random moments. Hopefully the transition to Matt Cassel will yield more positive results for Randle as he looks to find all of the meat on the bone of the 2015 season.

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

Jess Haynie



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



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.

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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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Cowboys Wishlist: Let Tony Pollard and Blake Jarwin Play

Mauricio Rodriguez



Ezekiel Elliott, Tony Pollard Show 1-2 Punch Potential as Each Reach 100 Yards 1

Welcome to primetime. Tonight, the Philadelphia Eagles will play the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium for an exciting NFC East matchup. The Cowboys are slightly favored for this one, but it will not be an easy game. Both teams sit at 3-3 and will fight for the division lead. It'll be an exciting night for Cowboys Nation.

Without further ado, let's get to this week's Cowboys Wishlist!

Wish #1: Everyone Plays

After a week of uncertainty regarding the health of several key players, the Cowboys are expected to play with both their staring offensive tackles, Tyron Smith and La'el Collins, WR Amari Cooper and CB Byron Jones. That's certainly surprising, but it's great news to hear ahead of such an important game for the Cowboys.

On the other hand, the Philadelphia Eagles will miss plenty of starters including OT Jason Peters. Of course, nothing will be official for Dallas until the inactives are announced. I wish the inactives list matches early reports of these key players being expected to play.

Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott Have a History of Playing Well Against the Redskins

Wish #2: Return to Exploiting Play-Action

There's no way around it. The Cowboys were being very successful using play-action during the first three weeks of the season, being among the NFL teams to use it the most. For some reason, though, they seem to have walked away from it. Somehow, they figured out what was working and stopped doing it. Many have argued about how play-action works and whether or not the run must be established for it to work. Analytics suggest it doesn't work that way.

Anyway, the trend is pretty clear. Throughout the first three weeks, the Cowboys averaged play-action plays on 39.56% of their drop-backs. The last three weeks that average has been 17.3%.

It's hard to find an answer as to why this has happened to Kellen Moore's offense, but I wish they go back to what was working so effectively at the beginning of the season.

Wish #3:  Let Dak Prescott Win The Game

Speaking of play-action, I truly believe Dak Prescott is the least of the Cowboys' problems right now. He's played pretty well and has shown how much of a warrior he is, specially last week when he took a beating from the New York Jets' defensive front.

I love what RB Ezekiel Elliott brings to the table, but the offense should rely on the passing game. Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup are a very solid duo of wide receivers and Dak Prescott has proven he can handle the job. I'd like to see the Cowboys putting the offense on Dak's back.

The Eagles secondary has been far from decent this season, with plenty of teams airing out against them. The key to this game is the passing game.

Wish #4: First Cowboys Drive Ends in TD

The Cowboys' slow starts have really been one of the biggest issues for this football team this season. Even when they were on a win streak and faced weak opponents, Jason Garrett's team started slow on both offense and defense. That could be the difference in such an important game for the Cowboys. It's time for them to start fast, and score fast.

The Cowboys' offense has been pretty good. In fact, they rank second in offensive DVOA on Football Outsiders. If they figure out how to score early - when game scripts matter the most - this unit could be special.

Can TE Blake Jarwin Poach Snaps Away From Jason Witten?

Wish #5: Let Tony Pollard and Blake Jarwin Play

The Cowboys have chosen to give Jason Witten the vast majority of the offensive snaps at TE this season. As a consequence, Blake Jarwin has seen the field less than he should. Through six weeks, he's only played in 38.1% of the offensive snaps. Jarwin is young and talented and has been good when given the chance. I hope his snap count increases today.

Similarly, I wish the Cowboys' give Tony Pollard a more important role. Instead of using him as much as they did in the first three weeks, his snap count percentage has dropped all the way down to 17.68%.

Tell me what you think about "Cowboys Wishlist: Let Tony Pollard and Blake Jarwin Play" in the comments below, or tweet me @MauNFL and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for a Dallas Cowboys show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly Facebook Live! show, Primero Cowboys!

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