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DAL 30, NYG 10: Cowboys Survive Trap Game vs Giants

Mauricio Rodriguez

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DAL 30, NYG 10: Cowboys Survive Trap Game vs Giants

It was a low-scoring game at MetLife Stadium today, and frankly a disappointing one from our Dallas Cowboys. Despite walking away with the win, the Cowboys struggled way more than they should have against a 2-11 football team. But even still, they managed to get their seventh win of the season, keeping their playoff hopes alive.

After being tied at ten for three quarters, the Cowboys decided to end things on a good note during the fourth quarter. Three big plays defined the final 15 minutes of the game. A 54-yard pass to Cole Beasley followed by a TD catch by Gold Jacket Witten for the lead, followed by a short pass to Rod Smith who took it to the house for an 81-yard TD.

Dak Prescott finished the day 20/30 and had his first 300+ yards game in a long time. Definitely a good sign for a football team that needs its QB to step up and help his team win out the last three weeks of the season.

Eli Manning did his best to try to upset the Cowboys in his return to the starting lineup, throwing for more than 40 passes. However, he barely crossed the 200 passing yards and his offense just managed to put 10 points in the board.

This was a football game in which the Cowboys decided to make their fans suffer with a 10-10 scoreboard until they decided to start playing football in the fourth quarter, in which they outscored the Giants 20-0.

Other Notes

  • Dez Bryant had an amazing 50-yard touchdown late in the first half, but concerns have to show up after seeing him drop a couple of easy passes.
  • Dak Prescott's 81-yard pass to Rod Smith will make for his second longest of his career. Personally, I like what #45 brings to the table, and I hope we see more of him in the future.
  • I can't help wondering about Dan Bailey's health. The most accurate kicker in NFL History missed two long field goals and an extra point.
  • Probably, the most concerning thing about the Cowboys today was the WR play. Once again, they failed to create separation most of the game. They must improve if Dallas wants to put up a fight against playoff teams. Zeke returning in a couple of weeks definitely will help.
  • Sean Lee finished the game with 18 total tackles, 10 of which were solo tackles. I'm still amazed by the difference we see on the defense when 50 is healthy. Welcome back, Lee. We missed you. Not to mention, Anthony Hitchens continues to make himself some money this season with another great performance.
  • The Cowboys missed David Irving, as they went sack-less today. Also, the defensive line finished the game with SIX penalties. Not what you want when you're in win-or-go-home mode.

Tell me what you think about "DAL 30, NYG 10: Cowboys Survive Trap Game vs Giants" in the comments below, or tweet me @PepoR99 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!



I love to write, I love football and I love the Dallas Cowboys. I've been rooting for America's team all the way from Mexico ever since I can remember. If you want to talk football, I'm in... You'll find me at @PepoR99.

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6 Comments
  • https://www.facebook.com/PoliticalRealities/ LD Jackson

    Actually, the pass to Rod Smith is not Dak Prescott’s longest pass of his career. The screen pass Zeke Elliott took to the house against Pittsburgh last year was 83 yards.

    • Mauricio Rodriguez

      You’re 100% correct, sir. My bad, I apologize.

      • https://www.facebook.com/PoliticalRealities/ LD Jackson

        No worries. I just remembered that for some reason. The announcers on the TV even said it was Dak’s longest TD.

        • Mauricio Rodriguez

          Which is why I wrote it without thinking too much about it. Thank you for pointing it out, and thanks for reading!

          • Charles

            Not sure why you are apologizing you wrote second longest in the article. Maybe you should read your own article before apologizing.

          • Mauricio Rodriguez

            Hey Charles, I edited after it was pointed out. Thought it was a better option than leaving it that way.

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CIN 21, DAL 14: Dak Prescott Continues Strong Preseason in Loss

Jess Haynie

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Dak Prescott, Bengals

The games may not count yet, but Dak Prescott looks ready for the 2018 season. The Dallas Cowboys quarterback continued his strong preseason play in the team's 21-13 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.

Prescott played three series, going 10/15 for 86 yards and a touchdown. He got the offense out of trouble a few times with his feet, avoiding sacks and ultimately getting the scoring pass off on a redzone scramble.

Dak's strong play has coincided with shutdown performances from the starting defense. The Cowboys' first-team defenders have yet to allow a score in two preseason games. Tonight, the Bengals were forced into four punts and two turnovers on their first-half possessions.

Overall, the Cowboys are a combined 24-7 in the first halves of their first two preseason contests.

The second half has been the problem, and for two weeks now Dallas' reserves have squandered halftime leads and given up losses. Thankfully, most of the responsible players will not be on the final 53-man roster.

Other Notes

  • There were several concerning injuries for the Cowboys tonight. None was scarier than when All-Pro guard Zack Martin went out with a knee injury, but it does not appear to have been serious. Starting defensive backs Byron Jones and Xavier Woods also got banged up; Byron returned to the game but Woods did not. Defensive lineman Datone Jones also left with a knee injury.
  • Even more concerning was the play of the second-team offensive line. Chaz Green was typically awful, but we also saw swing tackle Cam Fleming struggling and just an overall lack of protection for the backups quarterbacks. Green got benched in the second half and may have finally played his way off the team.
  • Credit to Terrance Williams for getting open in the endzone to give Dak Prescott a receiver for the touchdown throw. Even with his warts, Williams' two years of experience playing with Dak can't be ignored in deciding who makes the team.
  • Tight end Blake Jarwin continues to run with the starters on offense and may have quietly taken the job away from Geoff Swaim.
  • Darius Jackson took advantage of some extra playing time tonight after Bo Scarbrough left with a hip injury. He broke off a few nice runs to amass 42 yards on just six carries, plus had four receptions.
  • We finally get to see Dan Bailey kick a field goal again, and it was an easy 35-yarder with no issues.
  • Shout out to Chidobe Awuzie for one of the pretty interceptions that a Cowboys DB has made in some time. Awuzie had to bend like Beckham (Odell, that is) to get a hand on the ball, then tipped it to himself for the pick.
  • Preseason fun continues for the Cowboys next Sunday when they host the Arizona Cardinals on NBC's Sunday Night Football.



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#DALvsCIN: Can WR Lance Lenoir Continue To Impress?

Kevin Brady

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Lance Lenoir

Entering training camp projecting who would make the final roster from the Dallas Cowboys wide receiving room was a crapshoot. The combination of misfits from other teams, unproven young guys, and a couple of Cowboys veterans makes this position group the most questioned across the entire roster.

But while Cole Beasley, Allen Hurns, and Michael Gallup were stealing headlines, Lance Lenoir was making a name for himself among the Cowboys faithful.

After serving on the practice squad for the Cowboys a year ago, Lenoir seems to have entered 2018 with one goal in mind: to make the official game-day roster. And even if he falls short of this goal, it won't be due to any fault of his own.

Day in and day out Lance Lenoir has been a consistent wide out, catching nearly everything thrown his way and running some of the crisper routes on the team. Under new receivers coach Sanjay Lal, Lenoir has become a technical route runner and dangerous receiving threat.

Maybe most importantly for his future with the team, Lenoir has developed an obvious chemistry with starting quarterback Dak Prescott. Prescott has continued to compliment Lenoir throughout training camp, and you know that the Cowboys front office is well aware of Prescott's trust in Lenoir on the field.

During the preseason opener against the 49ers, Lance Lenoir caught his first touchdown of the season, dazzling with his toe-tap ability. If he is going to steal a roster spot away from one of the more seasoned wide outs, however, he will have to remain that consistent target.

This Saturday, Lenoir gets another shot to prove why he's not only deserving of a roster spot, but of a starting spot. Sure, it might be a bit of a stretch, but if he continues to play like he has during camp and preseason, Lenoir could find himself working with the 1's more frequently.

Look out for Lance Lenoir against the Bengals this week, as he makes it harder and harder for the Cowboys to cut him by the second.



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#DALvsCIN: Bengals DL Gives Cowboys OL Formidable Test

Kevin Brady

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The Star News - Bengals At Cowboys: ITS Staff Picks And Notes
Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

During their preseason opener, the Dallas Cowboys offensive line faced its first test of the season. The young, athletic, and downright talented defensive line of the 49ers gave the Cowboys starting five a chance to gauge their offseason progress thus far.

I'd say the starting group passed the test, while the backups and depth players looked a bit more shaky. The good thing about football, though, is that they get a shot to do it all again this Saturday.

This week's opponent, the Cincinatti Bengals, feature some serious talent upfront. Defensive tackle Geno Atkins is one of the best interior defenders in all of football, terrorizing centers and guards since he entered the league.Carl Lawson, Auburn

On the edge is one of my 2017 draft favorites, Carl Lawson. Lawson was a draft target of mine for the Cowboys, but it appears the entire league missed on the stud edge rusher during that draft. During his rookie season a year ago, Lawson racked up 8.5 sacks and looked like the best rookie rusher in all of football. It's rare that a rookie defensive end tallies the sack total that Lawson did in 2017, but then again, Lawson is a rare type of player.

Opposite of Carl Lawson is veteran pass rusher Carlos Dunlap. Together, Atkins and Dunlap have been one of the more dangerous pass rush duos for quite some time, but the additions of Lawson and Jordan Willis make them an incredibly impressive group.

During the Bengals' preseason opener against the Chicago Bears, their defensive line looked to be in midseason form.

Though Geno Atkins had the team's only sack, the trio of Atkins, Lawson, and Dunlap looked as prolific as ever.

This deep and talented defensive line is a more-than worthy test for the Cowboys this Saturday. Rookie Connor Williams will likely have to block Geno Atkins at some point, and though he looked promising against the 49ers, this week presents a whole different challenge.

Many now expect veteran center Travis Frederick to miss Saturday's game as well, due to his shoulder troubles during training camp. If Frederick were to miss the start, Joe Looney would be thrown into the first against this first team defensive front of the Bengals.

A rookie at left guard and Looney at center might not be the best ingredients against Geno Atkins and company, but it'll be what they have to roll with.

Still, Saturday will give us another chance to see what the 2018 Dallas Cowboys offensive line is all about.



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