Well that really sucked! This was the first time in many years that I stopped watching a Cowboy game at halftime, without recording it to watch it later! I should have saved myself the grief and turned the channel after the first quarter. This team (they do not deserve this title) quit! I can count on one hand the players that played hard and did not quit. We can rant and rave about how the coaches did not do a good job, and we would be correct in all those raves, but the ones that we should be blasting are the players. After all the players are the ones that must execute!
In all my years I have never been ashamed of being a Cowboy fan, but I am today. The Cowboys have all ways been a team that fought hard, and had never say never attitude. The team that showed up yesterday was nothing more than a bunch of losers. The following players are excused from any ridicule from me. Jason Witten, Tashard Choice, Patrick Crayton, and Brooks Bolinger. Why Brooks Bolinger? Well he did the best possible job at holding the clip board that you could ask! Jason Witten, and Patrick Crayton were the only two receivers that seemed to understand that when a blitz is coming you can not continue to run a 30 yard pattern! You must cut that route off short and find a spot for your QB to get you the ball quickly. Tashard Choice because he never stopped. He went as hard as he could go on every play (The only player on the team that attempted to chase down the fumble return).
I do not understand how with your playoff lives on the line, you just completely quit! It's not that they got beat. I and many of you could have dealt with a loss if they had played hard! Unfortunately they do not respect themselves, their fans, or their teammates enough to do that.
First on my list is the offensive line! Did this unit even get on the plane? As much as Tony was on his back I would want to check the flight register to verify this! This line has not played well for a while now, but yesterday was absolutely ridiculous. Time after time I saw three players on Romo and Colombo, Adams, McQuistan, Davis, Gurode standing 5 yards in front of him without anyone to block! What the hell???? Does the question not come to the mind of any of these guys as to WHY? Did they not after the first time this happened not go to the sideline and ask to see the pictures? Playing offensive line has more to do with want to, than footwork, and ability! Sure you have to have a ton of ability to play in the NFL, but when everyone on the field is of similar abilities Heart, Desire, and Want to is what sets people apart! You can be nine foot tall and 500 pounds and quick as a cat but if you don't play hard and TRY you will always FAIL.
Receiving corps you guys sucked! All those not named Patrick Crayton and Jason Witten enjoy your extended vacation I hope you all have a good time spending your millions of dollars you were paid! All of you love to run your mouths, saying things like "I need to be more involved" "When I am involved we win games" well if you guys new what a blitz looked like, and understood what you as a receiver are supposed to do when you see a blitz YOU MIGHT GET THE BALL THROWN TO YOU!!!!!! Maybe if you ran every route like it was your last YOU MIGHT GET THE BALL THROWN TO YOU!!!!!!! Roy I love you man, and I understand you have been battling a foot injury, But Dammit if you are too hurt to get inside position on a seem route then don't freaking play! Myself and many others have wanted you to play for the Cowboys for a long time, injury or not though you have got to step up and by all means shut up if you cannot do your job!
Marion Barber I love you man but hold on to the freaking ball! This game was not the first time you have coughed it up, you LEAD THE LEAGUE IN FUMBLES BY A RB!!!!
Defense where the hell were you guys? You guys may be strong physically, but mentally you grotesquely weak! Since the injury to Romo the season has been upon your shoulders! You guys have had some outstanding games. The question must be asked though, when the game is on the line who do you want on the field? If you had asked me this question two weeks ago I would have said the defense without second thought! After the last two games however you guys would not even make the top two! That is saying something because as awful as the offense and special teams has played I would rather them be on the field than you! Not one of you took it upon yourself to make sure everyone was ready to play! Not one of you went over and above what was expected of you! Not one of you even extended yourself! You all have made nothing but excuses all season as to why things did not go right. Somehow all of you have played football this long and still do not understand the game or no how to tackle! You all have given up over 600 yards rushing in 3 games (Giants,Ravens,Eagles) 400 of those yards given up in games that would clinch a playoff birth for your team. Not one of you even has the balls to step up and be a leader and accepted blame! I have been behind you and blasted the coaches for not having you prepared. You all sat and watched your coordinator take all the blame for your lack of preparation and desire! You all expect us the fans to back you even when you don't show up, when we call you out you just side step the problem and point to someone else to take the blame! Well I am sick of the excuses! Here is a new concept take a look at yourself and ask yourself these questions: (1) Did I do my job to the best of my ability? (2) Did I make sure the man standing next to me new what he was doing? (3) Did I do anything extra that was not asked of me? I truly believe if each one of you ask yourself these questions you will find the answers as to what went wrong! The problem is I think you guys already know what went wrong but you all choose to not look at the problem for fear that you may have to make changes to yourself!
Coaches you guys make me want to vomit! Most of you are very good coaches, and have shown this in your past. You are all incredibly stubborn though, and either fail to see or do not want to see the real problems with this team. How can you stand up their after a game like yesterday and say "I thought we practiced well, and thought we would play well" and "We practiced as well as we have all year" Shitty play on Sunday is a direct reflection of practice or lack there of during the week! How is it possible for a person to think you practiced well and yet you still have the same problems you have had all year! Maybe you should take a look at the way you practice? Just a suggestion! How is it that you know your o-line has been getting destroyed for weeks but you still stick with slow developing plays? Your receivers do not know how to read a blitz, yet you still have plays in the book that require them to be able to read one? Here is a new concept via 1993 "run right, run left, slant right, slant left" throw all that other Princeton bullshit out the window and execute the simple things! You have one of the biggest o-lines in football yet we cannot run the ball between the tackles? You all like the players need to take a long hard look at yourself and answer the same three questions I gave the players to answer! Jerry says he is standing by all of you, well as far as I am concerned you have to earn back from me what I was so willing to just give you before, MY LOYALTY! It is now show me time! I will not stand for anymore excuses! SHOW ME!!!!!!!!!
It is going to be a loooooooooong winter! At least we as fans can walk away with our dignity still intact! Everyone at Valley Ranch does not even leave with that! In honor of all of you responsible for making me ashamed to be your fan may this video play repeatedly where ever you go!
Takeaway Tuesday: DeMarcus Lawrence Silences Doubters vs Eagles
Dallas Cowboys fans should be happy about the change of pace in the conversation surrounding America's Team. A week ago, the talk in Cowboys Nation was all about just how hot was Jason Garrett's seat. Three consecutive losses will do that to most fan bases. Fortunately, though, we can put a pin on that conversation for a while after the Cowboys handily defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 37-10 last Sunday Night.
It was a great team performance all around, but we should dive in to the specifics. Overall, it was a good win to claim the NFC East division lead as the Cowboys get ready to rest this upcoming bye week. Let's get to this week's takeaways!
Ezekiel Elliott Played His Best Game of the Year
The way Ezekiel Elliott ran versus the Eagles' defense reminded me of his rookie season. Elliott has had a pretty good season even though the Cowboys haven't leaned as much on the running game as they had the last few seasons.
Last Sunday, he accounted for 111 rushing yards and 36 receiving yards. But it wasn't about his total yardage. What was special was the way he juked defenders, broke tackles and fought for the dirty yards.
There was a fire about #21 and I'm sure Cowboys Nation is just as excited as I am to watch it. He truly was something versus the Eagles.
Ezekiel Elliott's best game of the season BY FAR. Look at this chart from Next Gen Stats. Green lines mean 5+ yards gained or touchdown.
Not to mention, Elliott was extremely effective as he found multiple ways to have 5+ yard run after 5+ yard run. Simply put, an impressive performance from the Cowboys superstar running back.
DeMarcus Lawrence Silenced Doubters
I don't know if it was his huge contract that turned many fans against DeMarcus Lawrence early in the season, but the Cowboys' defensive end managed to silence doubters against the Eagles. On his way to one sack and one forced fumble, Lawrence dominated in the trenches.
He was solid versus the run and kept pressuring Carson Wentz all game long.
DeMarcus Lawrence coming in HOT 🔥🔥 @TankLawrence https://t.co/m0QPSnJgOK
The truth is that D-Law has played well this offseason, but constant double-teams and the lack help from the interior defensive linemen have kept his box score stats down. However, when you look at more advanced metrics such as pass-rush productivity, you'll notice Lawrence is still playing at a very high level.
His play versus the Eagles proved that to many fans watching at home.
I was intrigued by the Cowboys lining him up against the Eagles' LT, trying to exploit the fact that Jason Peters was out injured. I wonder if Rod Marinelli continues to look for favorable match-ups in the future and keeps moving him around occasionally.
Amari Cooper is Fine
After Amari Cooper's quad injury against the New York Jets, reports emerged on him being in "terrible pain." Many doubted he'd even play against the Philadelphia Eagles but he did, along other key players who were dealing with injuries too. In his return to the field, Cooper led the Cowboys receiving core with 106 yards in only five receptions (five targets).
Once again, his route running was on full display. He managed to burn a secondary that has been far from great this year. The Cowboys needed him to show up, and he delivered. He even caught a 44 yard pass when he absolutely destroyed Eagles DB Rasul Douglas on a double-move. Cooper would also have a diving jaw-dropping catch later in the game.
It's fair to assume he's healthy and ready to go for the rest of the season.
Cowboys Run Defense Still an Issue
Takeaways and a strong defensive performance against the pass secured the win for the Cowboys, but the run defense continues to be a problem for Rod Marinelli's unit. The Eagles running backs combined for 103 rushing yards and Dallas was beaten in the trenches a handful of times on this game.
The linebackers looked drastically better, and Leighton Vander Esch had his best half this season so far. Fortunately, it seems like his injury isn't serious enough for him to miss any additional playing time.
However, there were a handful of plays in which the Cowboys' defensive tackles were pushed around again. If I had to choose one position to upgrade, I wouldn't hesitate to address the interior defensive line. It's a problem.
This Defensive Drive Sealed the Game for the Dallas Cowboys
Things couldn't have started off any better for a Dallas Cowboys team that was desperately in need of a fast start in this pivotal week seven matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles. In the midst of a three-game losing streak, tied atop the NFC East at 3-3 with the Eagles, and hosting their division rival on Sunday Night Football, the Cowboys needed to put their best foot forward early in this game.
After a couple of fumbles recovered by the Dallas defense, the Cowboys jumped out to a 14-0 lead by the midway point of the first quarter. In a two-score hole early in this contest, the Philadelphia Eagles came out guns blazing on their third offensive series of the game and marched right down the field in seven plays, aided by a couple of personal foul calls, and brought the game to within a score.
At 14-7, the Dallas Cowboys offense was then forced to punt on the ensuing drive setting the Philadelphia Eagles up with an opportunity to tie the game in the second quarter if they were able to put a drive together. Getting the score even in the first half after pretty much gifting the Cowboys with a two-touchdown lead early would be a huge momentum swing in the game and provide the Eagles with a ton of confidence.
The Dallas Cowboys defense, however, wouldn't allow that to happen.
With the Eagles pinned back on their own 10-yard line after a Chris Jones punt, the Dallas Cowboys defense went to work with some excellent team defense and individual open field tackling performances on three plays that led to a Philadelphia Eagles three and out.
On first and 10 from their own 10-yard line, the Eagles attempted to run Jordan Howard through the right side of the line. There was nowhere to go on the play as Maliek Collins got excellent penetration into the left "A gap" making first contact behind the line of scrimmage and getting an assist from DeMarcus Lawrence to finish off the run stop for just a one-yard gain.
With a failed first-down run, the Eagles were set up with a 2nd and 9 at their own 11-yard line for the first play of the second quarter. Here they run Jordan Howard off of left tackle on a shotgun sweep handoff and he's able to pick up a nice bit of yardage to set up 3rd and 4.
To me, this was a huge third-down play for the Dallas Cowboys defense. On their previous drive, they had just given up a touchdown and needed to find a way to get of the field. If the Eagles are able to pick this up, it continues to put pressure on the defense and Philadelphia has some momentum.
Needing just four yards for the first down, the Eagles had both run and pass options at their disposal. As the Eagles are in have a tight bunch on the left side, the Cowboys have seven into the box to face six blockers, including the tight end who has a wider than normal split from the left tackle. Jeff Heath is the seventh man and on the snap is able to remain untouched as Carson Wentz hands off to Miles Sanders and snakes his way through the mass of humanity to stop the running back just shy of the first down.
They had the play fairly well blocked, but nobody accounts for Heath who is able to stay clean and track down Miles Sanders before he's able to get to the first down marker.
In a game that had a ton of highlights, this was a play that may go unnoticed when people talk about the outcome of this game but was huge given the current game situation. The Dallas Cowboys needed to get a stop on defense.
The Philadelphia Eagles attempted to attack the Dallas Cowboys' defense on the ground on this drive, which has been an area of vulnerability for the Cowboys in 2019. Their attempt to ground and pound in order to gain some momentum and reassert themselves in the game didn't come to fruition because the Cowboys defenders rallied well to the football on three straight running plays. The Dallas Cowboys turned a weakness into a strength on this drive and did their part to help the offense put the game away early.
After forcing the three and out, something the Dallas Cowboys defense doesn't do a lot of this year, the offense was able to take the ball and go on a 12 play, 71-yard drive for a touchdown that took nearly seven minutes off the clock. The Cowboys were able to go up two touchdowns again on their division rival and pretty much put the game out of reach, but it wouldn't have been so had the defense not stepped up and forced the three and out on this early second-quarter drive.
The defense played arguably their best game of the season on Sunday Night Football on a night where they desperately needed to play their best game of the year. There are still nine games to go and have a pretty rough seven-game stretch coming out of the bye starting with another divisional matchup on the road against the New York Giants in week nine. If the Dallas Cowboys defense can show this kind of consistency against the run moving forward, they'll be very difficult to beat.
The Brady Report: Cowboys’ Fast Start Dooms Eagles
It's been nothing but doom and gloom around the Dallas Cowboys in recent weeks. After a 3-0 start propelled them towards the top of the league's elite, three straight disappointing losses had fans wondering if it was time for a regime change at head coach.
They went into Sunday night's game with the Eagles needing a win to salvage hope at earning a playoff spot, and boy did they answer the bell. The Cowboys dominated the Philadelphia Eagles from the opening snap, routing their hated rivals 37-10 and improving to 4-3 on the season.
Let's get into my game notes from this overwhelmingly positive performance.
- Let's start with the quarterback. Dak Prescott was tremendous yet again on Sunday night, and we're getting to the point where his sample size of positive play is too large to ignore. Prescott was 21 of 27 for 239 yards and a touchdown (and an interception as well), but he also had a rushing touchdown to add to his totals. Prescott has complete control of the offense, and even checked out of a negative box count to exploit the Eagles blitz look down in the red zone. He leads the league in QBR this season, and he is the unquestioned franchise quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys. As he should be.
- Sticking with praise on offense, Ezekiel Elliott looked like Zeke on Sunday night. From his very first carry you could tell Elliott was running with a different burst and energy than we'd seen in recent weeks, and he later ran right over Malcolm Jenkins to set up the team's second score of the game. Elliott was impossible to bring down all night, to the tune of 111 yards and a touchdown on 5 yards per carry.
- La'el Collins has been incredible this season, and Sunday was no different. The Cowboys recently extended right tackle shut Brandon Graham down for basically the entire night, and kept Prescott upright and comfortable in the pocket. Tyron Smith was clearly not healthy or himself on the other side, but the rest of this offensive line picked up the slack and had their best performance since the season opener.
- Connor Williams deserves a shoutout as well. He was getting off double teams to the second level and cutting linebackers off to clear rushing lanes for Zeke all night long.
- Defensively, the Cowboys had their best performance of 2019. They hadn't been able to force turnovers all season, but they came away with four in this week's win. Xavier Woods' interception of Wentz might've spoken the loudest, as it proved how good this defense can be when the game script is working in their favor. When things go according to plan early for this team, they have the talent to take total control and dominate.
- Jourdan Lewis was inserted into the starting lineup due to injury, and he was awesome from the opening snap. Lewis came away with a big sack on Caron Wentz and had 4 tackles overall as well. Byron Jones returned from the injury he suffered a week ago, and was back to his old shutdown ways. Jones is clearly the best cornerback on this team, and is one of the better corners in all of football. When he's healthy and playing as he did during Sunday's win, few have an argument over him.
- DeMarcus Lawrence also had his best game of 2019, creating consistent pressure on Wentz throughout the night. His biggest play, of course, was his sack fumble which set the Cowboys up for a 14-0 lead just two possessions into the game. Lawrence has been taking a lot of heat from the fanbase in recent weeks, but he responded in a big way on Sunday.
- Those are the linebackers I remember from 2018. Jaylon Smith and Leighton Vander Esch were all over the field during this game, and Sean Lee had a pretty nice game as well once Vander Esch went down. Lee and Smith each finished with 7 tackles, and Smith forced the Eagles' first fumble of the night on their opening drive. Lee made a nice play on the ball on a late fourth down throw that easily could've been an interception as well.
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