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Monday Moment: Barry Church Saves The Day In Washington

We have now hit the part of the which is probably the most depressing. The Draft has come and gone, is still months away, and there is very little new news coming out of the Cowboys world.

So, instead, I have decided to take a step back over the next few weeks, and re-evaluate some of the key moments from the .

Each week, one play will be put under the microscope to diagnose what the Cowboys did right or wrong in order to decide their fate on that Sunday. To start this series off, we go all the back to week 2 of the last season, with the Cowboys down 23-20 on the road in Washington.

The Situation

After playing some pretty sloppy football all day, the Cowboys found themselves staring an 0-2 start right in the face. Washington had drove down the field and was now in scoring position, with a touchdown likely putting the game away for good.

At worst, Dallas needed to hold and company to a field goal and stay within one possession.

In reality, did them one better.

The Play

First, let's talk generally about how this play went down. With plenty of time in the pocket, Cousins slid outside the and saw his receiver, Pierre Garcon, flash over the middle of the field. Recognizing where the ball was going, Barry Church jumped in front of the pass and came up with the game-changing interception.

Now, let's check out the All-22.

The Redskins come out in an empty backfield, shotgun look. They have trips to the field, and two eligible receivers to the sideline. As a counter, the Cowboys come out in a pretty basic cover 2 scheme from a 4-2-5, or nickel look.

The intended receiver, Pierre Garcon, is lined up slot-left. Garcon and fellow Redskins' wide-out stack each other at the snap of the ball, in an effort to confuse the defenders. Remaining smart and patient, and communicate and pass off the receivers to one another.

Trying to find a soft spot in the zone, Garcon tries his luck over the middle of the field and behind the Cowboys' two-deep safeties. The Redskins run the rest of the receivers to the outside in an attempt to stretch out the Cowboys' zones, and open up the middle of the field. Seeing Garcon flash open for a split-second, Cousins tries to fit the ball in there for a touchdown.

Instead, Barry Church baits him into the throw, recovers over the middle, and intercepts the pass in the end zone.

As good as the Cowboys played on this snap, the lack of velocity and poor decision making by Kirk Cousins on this throw simply cannot be excused. Yes, Dallas had solid coverage all of the field, but trying to beat the defense over the middle where four defenders are sitting in their zones will always be a bad idea.

Especially when you had a chance to potentially put the game away. Luckily for the Cowboys, Church made the play and the team went on to get their first of eleven straight wins.

Next week, we flip to the offensive side of the ball, and analyze one of the most important plays of the Cowboys' week 3 win over the .

Kevin Brady
Kevin Brady
Die-hard Cowboys fan from the Northeast, so you know I am here to defend the 'boys whenever necessary. Began writing for a WordPress Cowboys Blog, and have been with ITS since 2016.

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