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Sean’s Scout: Cowboys Offense A Rare No-Show at Home Vs. Broncos

The played most of last season without either starting or , something they overcame to win six games and remain competitive in a weak . With Prescott back in the lineup on Sunday after missing last week's game at Minnesota, the loss of at LT spoiled Prescott's return as the entire Cowboys was held scoreless until the fourth quarter.

For a team averaging 34.2 points per game at home this season, the Broncos flipped the script on how the Cowboys reached 6-1. Instead of being forced to throw against and the Cowboys , Denver was able to stick with their run game to frustrate Dallas – picking on Diggs in coverage when they wanted to as well.

The extent of which the Broncos was either aided by a poor game from 's offense or legitimately slowed the Cowboys down can be discussed in more detail later in the week. For now, the Cowboys will look to move on from this loss as quickly as possible, starting with these immediate takeaways.

The absence of Tyron Smith was felt on the Cowboys first drive, when was stopped on fourth down. If the Cowboys had Smith at with lined up next to him, the Broncos defense may have respected the threat of a pass out of this tight formation more. Instead, Schultz was clearly in to help , and the Cowboys did not have a receiver out wide for this play. Justin Simmons crashed the play and stopped Elliott.

The Cowboys defense forced the Broncos backwards on the ensuing drive, creating ten tackles for loss on the game, all of which went to waste as the offense sputtered.

Sean's Scout: Cowboys Offense A Rare No-Show at Home Vs. Broncos

Trevon Diggs could have been in better position on his third-and-goal pass interference that led to a Broncos touchdown. Diggs had inside help from , but still played the route by with inside leverage. Sutton held off Diggs and forced the defender to play through him, drawing the penalty. The Cowboys failed to convert on third and short on the next drive, punting the ball back to who threw a 44-yard touchdown to Tim Patrick against Diggs for a 13-0 Denver lead.

's drop that led to another turnover on downs in the third quarter was the perfect example of the Cowboys losing focus in this game. Cooper is one of the most sure-handed receivers in the league, and could have had a big gain on this play if he held on. Prescott missed on another deep shot on fourth down the next play. It was Lamb himself that said postgame the Cowboys practices leading up to this game weren't “crisp”, as he and Prescott failed to get their timing down.

It's plays like this the Cowboys can point to when disclaiming that the Broncos had the 6-2 East leaders figured out. Losing to an AFC opponent in the same week as Philadelphia and Green Bay lost keeps the Cowboys goals of the division title and number one seed ahead of them. They'll need to not overlook the to keep things this way, making their return to after last year's epic collapse at the Cowboys.

Atlanta went into New Orleans and beat the Saints 27-25 on Sunday.

Sean Martin
Sean Martin
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 every Friday from 1-4 PM ET. Twitter: @SeanMartinNFL.

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