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    Debunking The NFL’s “Blueprint” To Beat The Dallas Cowboys

    It was the worst loss of the and era for the .

    On Sunday, the Denver Broncos bested the Cowboys 42-17 at home with a dominant showing from their elite and balanced . The Monday reactions from were naturally all over the place, as the blowout loss seemingly had some quickly forgetting that we are still just a year removed from this Cowboys' core winning 13 games and the in 2016.

    There is one narrative going around worth addressing following this game, and it is that the Broncos exposed the Cowboys by providing a “blueprint” for how to beat this Dallas team. This of course comes after the team's first loss of this young , failing to take into consideration that it was a week one loss to the formidable Giants last year that sparked an eleven game winning streak for the Cowboys.

    Like the Broncos now, the Giants were seen as a team that had the Cowboys' number after beating them twice during Prescott and Elliott's rookie campaign. With a win against an equally tough New York defense already under their belts before this humbling defeat in Denver, it is ridiculous to begin assuming that teams around the league suddenly know how to stop one of the most well-built and dynamic offenses in the NFL.

    Debunking The NFL's "Blueprint" To Beat The Dallas Cowboys
    Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott is sacked by DE .
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    The Broncos' defense is good, very good. This unit deserves a ton of credit for what they did taking Ezekiel Elliott out of this game so early for the Cowboys on the ground, but this was also not entirely their doing. Drives extended by defensive on Dallas, missed opportunities to force turnovers, and failure to gain any rhythm in the allowed Denver's defense to do what they did to the Cowboys on Sunday by holding Elliott to a career low eight yards and forcing Dak Prescott to drop back a career high 50 times – resulting in two killer interceptions.

    The Broncos made the Cowboys' offense look so uncomfortable in this game by simply doing what they've done best for a long time now, putting elite talent on the field at all three levels and matching up against the Cowboys in man coverage.

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    Look around the defensive depth charts for any other team in the NFL, and it becomes evident quickly that this hidden “secret” to beating the Cowboys is not a secret at all – instead a simple lack of adequate depth in the to cover against 's passing offense while also committing the ridiculous numbers the Broncos did to the box in the .

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    Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott

    The Giants are likely the closest to proving they could match what the Broncos did this week, but currently sitting at 0-2 with a loss on the record against the Cowboys already, it is clear that this once-elite defense has regressed a fraction while the offense holds the Giants back even more. It was the Broncos balanced offense exploiting an absolutely depleted defense (playing with two healthy ) that ultimately put Sunday's game out of reach for the Cowboys.

    The Cowboys and Giants won't meet again at Metlife Stadium until . Before then, the Cowboys will see three teams in the bottom ten of the NFL from 2016 in Yards Per Play Differential – an all important stat when it comes to a Cowboys team that wants to regain control of games by hitting on big plays on the ground while protecting leads with their zone defense looks.

    Just because none of this came to fruition against a Denver Broncos team under former and now Vance Joseph – who said himself that the Cowboys' offense was easy to scout but difficult to actually stop – does not mean that much better days are not ahead for Prescott and Elliott running this Cowboys offense.

    Preparing to do so against defenses that won't be able to man up on the outside nor get the best of Dallas' league-best the way Denver did, order can be restored quickly to a Cowboys offense that should hope to never throw the ball 50 times and hand it off only 11 times again anytime soon.

    Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott, Dez Bryant
    QB Dak Prescott, RB Ezekiel Elliott, and WR . Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports.

    The Cowboys' next opportunity to start a new winning streak following a loss will come in prime time on Monday night at the Cardinals. Arizona's defense is certainly tough, but the distance between their unit and that of the Broncos' playing at its absolute best is tangible – as should the difference in performance from week two to three for the Cowboys in all three phases.

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    It is not any easier to beat these 1-1 Cowboys than it was when they were 1-1 at this time last year, and for once Monday can't get here soon enough as the team will look to remain in first place and move to 2-1 on the 2017 season.

    Whether or not they do so will have nothing to do with a blueprint that's out there for Cardinals' Head Coach Bruce Arians or any other team remaining on the Cowboys' schedule to use.

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    Sean Martin
    Sean Martinhttp://wmscradio.com/show/upon-further-review/
    Born January 28th, 1996- Cowboys Super Bowl XXX. Point Boro Panther, Montclair State Red Hawk, and most importantly a proud member of Cowboys Nation! I host "Upon Further Review" on 90.3 WMSC FM and wmscradio.com every Friday from 1-4 PM ET. Twitter: @SeanMartinNFL.

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    Matthew England

    Totally agree, Denver has unparalleled defensive talent that let them stack the box wont happen often

    Travis Diggs

    The coaching staff needs to be put on notice that their play calling is starting to become easy to call Even people at home know the plays already. The in game adjustments will be the difference in a playoff team and a super bowl contender. Once you seen Zeke giving up, it was time for a change, and i dont mean Morris. Once you seen Brice Butler struggling, Its time for Switzer or Noah Brown, In Game adjustments??? I personally could predicts half of their plays the whole game, so i know somebody needs to look at personnel and play calling ??? I dont even wanna talk about the same defense we’ve had for over a decade now. Lets go Boys

    E Deplorabus Unum

    we saw this with troy and emmitt days also. cowboys think they are so talented they run too vanilla and just outclass the defense. often works, but being able to beat them at chess in play calling as well as straight forward power would be nice….

    Russ_Te

    My problem was that Garrett & Linehan knew Denver would load the box on Elliott. Knew they had the CB’s to allow that. You can’t just run into the teeth of that, in that stadium. Those zero-gains fired Denver up, because everyone knows this is a dominant run offense. Now Dak is suddenly in long downs against their pass rush & CB’s.

    If I don’t have speed at RB, different matter. But I do have it. I’m attacking the edges with pitches, stretches, then maybe a reverse to Butler or Dez.