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DEN 42, DAL 17: Elliott, Cowboys Shut Down in Denver

had just eight yards on nine carries, and that tells you about all you need to know about how things went for the Cowboys today in Denver. Zeke and the got shut down while the Dallas offered little resistance, allowing the Broncos to dominate at home in all phases.

Despite solid production last week against a very good Giants defense, the Cowboys couldn't get the run game going today. Elliot was stuffed at the line of scrimmage on nearly every touch. Dallas abandoned the run fairly quickly and any chance of Zeke finding rhythm was lost, but it's hard to think he'd have had much success based on what we saw.

The Cowboys' defense took a beating in every sense. Already missing with a hand last week, they lost (concussion) and (hamstring) early. That left Dallas with just and as active cornerbacks. Trevor Siemian threw four touchdowns and C.J. Anderson rushed for 118 yards.

While the loss was a demoralizing one, it may not hurt too much down the road. A road loss in the AFC is about as benign as it gets for the Cowboys. What's more, the Eagles also fell to 1-1 today with a road loss in Kansas City. Washington, who lost last week, defeated the Rams today. The Giants play tomorrow night as they host the Lions. At worst, the entire may be tied up going into Week 3.

Other Notes

  • Before today, had never really lost a game by more than three points. He did start last year's 27-13 loss to Philadelphia in , but he only played the first two drives as the Cowboys were just waiting for the . This was, by far, the worst loss of his young NFL career.
  • With two interceptions today, Prescott already has half of his 2016 total. He did have two-pick game last year in the Cowboys second meeting with the Giants.
  • matched last week's two-sack performance with another one in Denver, throwing a force fumble on top of it. Last year's sack leader, , only had six for the season. It looks like Lawrence is on his way to a monster season, which isn't all that surprising with his contract expiring.
  • With 10 catches and 97 yards, hit two new career milestones. He moved to fourth all-time in NFL for receptions and became only the second TE in history with 12,000 receiving yards or more. His one touchdown tied him with for third all-time in .
  • Rookie Jourdan Lewis got his first career interception in his first game. Lewis snagged an overthrown pass while the Cowboys were still trying to find a way to close the gap. It was tough day for Lewis otherwise, though, as he had to try to stick with one of the league's best route runners in .
  • 's 56-yard field goal matched his career long, which he's hit a few times before this year.
  • The Cowboys have a second road game next week, against the . The Cardinals moved to 1-1 today with an overtime victory over the .
Jess Haynie
Jess Haynie
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Mauricio Rodriguez

Tough loss to the Broncos. Good job on the recap, Jess.


The Broncos loaded the box, Dallas was stupid enough to run right at it and the Dallas OL got beat by defenders who wanted it more. That set the tenor of the whole game. IMO very little of it is on Elliott or Dak. Very much of it is on Garrett for not using Elliott’s & McFadden’s speed and running outside, instead of directly into 8-man fronts.

That put the Cowboys in long downs early, got the crowd fired up and then Denver also got good pressure and very good coverage. They earned it, Dallas did not.

And some more DB injuries for Dallas. One of it’s worst outings in years.

Lone positive: Demarcus Lawrence was big again. 4 sacks now in 2 games.

Reynaldo Laporte

Losing is one thing. Losing like that is unacceptable. My biggest complaint is adjustments or lack thereof, for whatever reason the coaching staff cannot adapt.

Everyone from the top down should be blamed but damn you would like to see us have some sort of contingency plan once things start to go haywire.

I don’t know what the issue is, but why we don’t have Dez running slants or screens is beyond me. The guy is an issue is the open field let defenders try to tackle him. Since I am talking about Dez why he hasn’t developed his route running is truly a shame. What has Dooley been doing for the past seven seasons????

The lack of emotion from our HC kills me it’s okay to get light fire under people’s asses, but he claps when we’re missing tackles. I repeat when we miss open field tackles he claps. Boggles the mind!!!!

Plain and simple our O couldn’t stay on the field and our D couldn’t get off the field. Denver laid out the blueprint and granted we won’t be facing defenses like theirs or the Halfmen but Dak is going to have to keep them honest.

This is only the second game of the season but I hope that we weren’t exposed.

Excuse the grammatical errors and the rantings of a proud Cowboys fan.


I think the game was more an abberation than a defensive blueprint on how to stop the Cowboys. Sure, defenses will put 8 in box now, but they don’t all have the cover CB’s that Denver does. And at some point Linehan and Garrett will decide that Elliott and McF are faster than every defender, and pitch them the ball instead of crashing inside against an overloaded box.

I agree that Linehan forgets about Dez. You have to throw him slants, hitches, bubble screens, a reverse – get him the ball early.

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