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Cowboys Offensive Line Needs to Set the Tone Against the Jets, Regain Confidence

Just three weeks ago the were setting pretty at 3-0 coming off back to back impressive performances by the . In Week 2 they gave so much time in the pocket that he would complete 18 consecutive passes (14 of 14 in the second half) and toss 3 touchdowns. Also, All-Pro ran for 111 yards on 23 carries as the Cowboys beat the 31-21. The following week they completely dominated the defensive front as both Elliott and rookie rushed for over 100 yards in a 31-6 victory. The previous two weeks, however, have been a struggle as the unit has faced stiffer competition.

Rolling into New Orleans to face the Saints you had to think the gameplan would be to establish the run and play ball control with such a high-powered on the other sideline. However, the Cowboys offensive line was bullied all night long as Elliott was consistently stopped for minimal yardage. He would finish with only 35 yards on 18 carries. As a result of this, the Cowboys became one dimensional at times and could never get any rhythm going offensively. The Cowboys lost 12-10, spoiling a great performance by the .

Last Sunday the came to Arlington for a showdown of powerhouses. Although the Elliott ran for 60 yards on 10 carries in the first half, turnovers put the Cowboys behind several scores early. This forced Prescott to throw for the majority of the game and the Packers took full advantage. Prescott was under pressure regularly and the Packers racked up eight quarterback hits and 3 . Granted the Cowboys were definitely not at full strength with All-Pro Left out due to a high ankle sprain. Also, starting suffered an MCL sprain and exited the game early.

Smith is expected to return this Sunday and there's optimism Collins will be on the field as well. elaborated on the status of Collins against the earlier this week:

“We'll see. We'll take him day by day, ” Garrett said Monday. “He hurt his knee in the game and was not able to finish, obviously. He's a tough guy, so we'll give him every chance as we go, and the MRI was fine today. But again, we'll just see how he does day by day this week.”

If the Cowboys can get both of their starting tackles back it will make going up against a tough Jets defensive front a lot easier. The offensive line hasn't played it's best in the last few weeks so it will be important to establish some dominance, particularly in the to set the tone on the road. This will go along way in the Cowboys ending a two-game losing streak and keeping pace for control of the with the , who come to next Sunday for a first-place battle. When you win in the trenches you win ball games, that should be the focus for the Cowboys offensive line this week as they look to get some confidence back.

Matthew Lenix
Matthew Lenix
I write dope stuff about the Dallas Cowboys and what not.

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