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Dallas Cowboys Good, Bad, and Ugly From Week 9 Against Pittsburgh

Dallas Cowboys good, bad, and ugly from Week 9.

Through the first eight weeks of the 2020 season the Dallas Cowboys have been one of the worst teams in the entire NFL, but somehow they gave the Pittsburgh Steelers all they could handle Sunday afternoon and nearly ended their undefeated season. To do that with a quarterback like Garrett Gilbert who they only added to the roster a few weeks ago was surprising to say the least.

I don’t think anyone could have imagined Garrett Gilbert nearly leading the Dallas Cowboys to victory against the only undefeated team left in the league. I was expecting as close to complete dominance by the Steelers as I’m sure you probably were as well. I didn’t give the Cowboys much of a fighting chance, but was pleasantly surprised they actually made a game of it.

Win or lose, this Week 9 matchup against Pittsburgh Steelers was one of the most complete games (offense, defense, special teams) the Dallas Cowboys have played this season. It was definitely out of the norm, which leads me to this week’s edition of The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. And as always, feel free to share your own thoughts and opinions on this topic in the comment section.

Let’s get started… Shall we?

The Good

Garrett Gilbert… Really!? Who would’ve expected Garrett Gilbert to be the QB who reignited the fire under the Dallas Cowboys offense? To the surprise of all, that’s exactly what he did. There’s no doubt in my mind he was the good Sunday afternoon against the Pittsburgh Steelers. He may have only completed 21 of 38 passes for 243 yards with one touchdown and one interception, but he gave the Cowboys a fighting chance to beat the undefeated until the very end.

The Bad

I hate to admit it, but the bad for me from the Dallas Cowboys Week 9 matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers was the fact I found myself rooting both for and against the Cowboys. I’m sure I wasn’t the only one, but I find myself feeling a little guilty about it. As excited as I was to see them finally playing some good football, I was equally disappointed a victory would cost them a Top 5 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. Needless to say, I was conflicted as to how I wanted the game to end.

The Ugly

Not getting to see Tony Pollard get his chance as the Dallas Cowboys RB1 against the Steelers was the ugly for me. With Zeke questionable all week with a hamstring injury I was excited to see what Pollard could do in a starting role, even against a tough Steelers defense. No. 20 at times looks like the better RB of the two this season and did so once again yesterday afternoon. On half the carries he outgained Zeke and averaged more yards per carry (6.3 to 2.8). I’d like to see more of him moving forward.

What was your good, bad, and ugly for the Dallas Cowboys in Week 9?

What do you think?

Brian Martin

Written by Brian Martin

Level C2/C3 quadriplegic. College graduate with a bachelors degree in sports and health sciences-concentration sports management. Sports enthusiast. Dallas Cowboys fanatic. Lover of life with a glass half-full point of view.

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  1. Good: The offense played better. Bad: Coaching still stinks. Ugly: Defensive players still missing tackles, still giving up to many passing yards. Defensive players still making to many mistakes.

  2. Elliott did still manage to pose two times with his ‘feed me’ in spite of gaining 2.8 yards a carry….quite the accomplishment.

  3. Of course the good was Gilbert. Whenever the Cowboys add a player, I usually do a little research on them. Obviously saw that Garrett knocked around the league since 2014, when he was drafted by the Rams in the sixth round. Then ran into an article by Gil Brandt. For those folks that may not know, Gil was the personnel and scout maven for the Cowboys from 1960 to 1989. HOFer, that built in part the Cowboys into Super Bowl Champs. When Jones bought the team in 1989, he did a purge that included Brandt, not very smart, IMO. Anyway, this article was pretty damn glowing about Gilbert, and Gil thought he was better than half the Combine QBs. Gilbert was not a Combine invite, but Gil thought he should be. On his pro day completed 87 of 88 passes, one being dropped by Calvin Johnson. Thought he was up to 3rd round material. So when a Gil Brandt speaks, I listen, and l know it’s six years later, but thought maybe this guy may have something. He showed up very well Sunday. Also good was Gallimore, he showed up, along with the rest of the defense that is starting to play better.

    The Bad was Lamb coughing up that pass, that was then intercepted. If he holds that ball, think Cowboys win.

    The Ugly, C Williams unable to control Heyward, especially toward the end of the game.

  4. The ugly…referees making sure Steelers stayed undefeated and looking the other way when Steelers committed infractions.

  5. The Good: I thought for the first time this year the defense looked pretty good! I was even confident as the game went on that we could hold them and pull off a victory! If they play with that intensity the rest of the year we will beat everybody in our division and maybe some others! The Bad: Gilbert was running for his life all afternoon! If we can give any of our QB’s time we will move the ball at ease! The Ugly : Once again we managed to pull defeat out of the jaws of victory! We had the game won on the QB strip and had the pass interference call against us( which I thought was a cheep call)! Did anybody besides me see on the last drive that Gilbert took a blow to the head but for some reason it wasn’t called? Or was I just seeing things ?

  6. The Ugly :Tony, I couldn’t agree with you more on the officiating. The two calls on Jaylon Smith, when both players flopped for the Steelers and got the flag. LVE , called for a personal foul , when the running back on the ground was twisting his facemask for an extended period. Cooper, being held in the endzone…all mysteriously happening at critical times to keep drives alive…..couple that with bad luck right before the half on a false start on the Steelers nulifying a missed FG attempt. The Boyz definitely deserved a better fate,

  7. The Good: Tony Pollard. Just from the eye test, he hits those holes so much faster than Elliot. Elliot plays like a bruiser lowering his head and charging forward but, rarely, do I feel good when the ball is in his hands. Just too many one yard runs or negative yard runs. Don’t know if that is injury, the offensive line or if he just isn’t into the game. He just looks slow to me.

  8. On those two 20 yd runs by Pollard, Zeke would have been caught from behind after 5 yds if that were him. He just simply doesn’t have the burst or the speed to break off runs and get into the secondary. Play Pollard! Start him the rest of the season and next yr start him again and sign a bigger back to spell him, as he isn’t a bell cow type. He has the big play ability Zeke just doesn’t have.

    I thought Gilbert looked calm and composed in the pocket. For someone with limited time with the team I thought he gave a good account of himself. Can’t overreact from one game but he showed me he belongs. I think he deserves another game. Just don’t think Dalton is the answer, especially with his limited mobility which really gets exposed with our OL issues.

    I expect this will be the best game the cowboys play all season. Maybe the Steelers took us lightly?
    Play the young guys! All of them. Gallimore showed he deserves to start the rest of the season. I like what I’m seeing from him.

  9. After watching Gilbert play yesterday it makes me wonder what in the world are these coaches doing during practice in the fact that, could they not see the difference between these back up QB’s or maybe they haven’t had time to evaluate the two! I believe the difference between a good coach and a great coach is …….a great coach knows how to evaluate talent and put that talent where they can excel and thrive! One tangible that Jimmy Johnson had is that he could recognize talent which made him a great coach ! The NFL is full of good coaches but the great coaches are few and far between!! I’m in no way saying that MM is not a great coach but only time will tell!!!

  10. Gary B., There was this 4th and like 4 inches on our own 30 yard line and they were actually thinking about it for a moment. I had visions of Elliot getting the ball and not being able to fall forward for 4 inches. That’s how much confidence i have in him right now. I don’t know what has happened to him. Has he gained weight and it’s slowing him down? It’s not lack of intensity but he just looks slow. Visions of Packers Eddie Lacy in my eyes.

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