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Takeaway Tuesday: OT Brandon Knight Had a Promising Debut

The are now one game over .500. The season is only beginning, but their play against the was pretty bad. The Cowboys' 34-24 loss is definitely the most painful one yet and the team will have to learn a lot from it. It's clear they're far from a perfect team, but it's also clear the season is far from over. Despite some overreactions in , I suggest you take a deep breath.

Let's get to this week's . I hope you enjoy and let me know your thoughts in the comments section below.

Cowboys vs Packers: Sifting Through the Negative to Find the Positive

Amari Had a Great (But Bad) Game

Sounds ridiculous, right? But that was actually the case. Cooper caught 11 passes for 226 yards and a touchdown. His route running was impressive. He got open consistently and showed up big on the Cowboys' fifth game of the season. However, a big asterisk will be next to this career game.

Cooper himself said it. The dropped ball that turned into an INT was the only thing on his mind. I'm not overly concerned with Cooper's drops, but the truth is it's been a thing for him this season. He had that issue in Oakland and hopefully it doesn't turn into something very serious now that he's in Dallas.

Besides that one play, his performance was remarkable. It's a shame it will likely be forgotten due to the loss. If he cleans up his drops (four this season, according to Fox Sports), Cooper can be one of the top receivers in the league.

Interior Defensive Line Play is Terrible

I was really intrigued with what 105.3 The Fan's Jeff Cavanaugh had to say about the Cowboys' front seven on Twitter. His theory that the Cowboys' gap integrity has been por due to the huge amount of stunts/games run by the sounds very logical.

The Cowboys have been outplayed in the trenches this season and they were flat out dominated versus the Green Bay Packers as ran for 107 yards and four touchdowns.

We know Antwaun Wood's has hurt this football team, but hasn't been much better either as the team's three-technique . The Cowboys interior line play has been pretty bad for this . In turn, the starting  linebackers – for whom our hopes were unbelievably high – have also looked bad. They're partly looking to do too much, but their defensive tackles are consistently allowing offensive linemen to get to the second level with ease.

's unit needs to be much better than it was versus Green Bay.

Brandon Knight Had a Promising Outing

Let's talk about a positive note, shall we? La'el Collins went down injured late in the game and so had to come in for his first action in the . Surprisingly, Knight wasn't bad. He handled his own as he only allowed three pressures when on the field. Although the Packers' emerged victorious most of the game, Knight was pretty solid in pass protection.

Although he allowed the three pressures, at least two happened early when he was thrown into the game but looked better and better as the game went on.

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Football is a Game of Turnovers

As we try to make sense out of such a disheartening loss to the Packers, I can't stop thinking about one thing. In football, you only get a few possessions. Turn the ball over, and you're much more likely to lose. The Cowboys' offensive production wasn't as bad as one would think. Quietly, threw for 463 yards. racked up 226 yards. went for 113. , despite the fact that the team was forced to abandon the run, averaged 5.2 yards per carry.

But you see, the Cowboys turned the ball over three times.

After believing the Cowboys lost due to the coaches versus the Saints, this time it felt like an execution problem to me. It's very hard to turn the ball over three times and win. It rarely happens. It's made impossible if, on top of it all, your rival is running all over you.

But there's a silver lining to this all. This loss might be simpler than some are making it out to be. The Cowboys didn't completely suck all game. They weren't necessarily a worse team than the Packers. Unfortunately, they turned the ball over a lot, though. And that cost them the game.

Mauricio Rodriguez
Mauricio Rodriguez
I love to write, I love football and I love the Dallas Cowboys. I've been rooting for America's team all the way from Mexico ever since I can remember. If you want to talk football, I'm in... You'll find me at @MauNFL.

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