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The Brady Report: Cowboys Defense Run Over In Primetime Loss

Sunday’s loss to the Vikings was a tough one to take for the Dallas . They could easily be sitting here today at 7-2 or 6-3, comfortably ahead of the Eagles for first place in the division and fighting for a bye in the postseason.

Instead, they are barely over .500 on the season and face de facto must win games each week from here on out. Obviously they let this one slip away, but there’s a whole seven games to go before we know the fate of the .

Let’s discuss what went wrong (and right) last week during the Cowboys 28-24 loss.

  • What more can we say about ? The Cowboys franchise quarterback was incredible yet again on Sunday night, having arguably his best game to date even in defeat. Prescott was in complete control of the , and showcased his mastery by bailing the Cowboys out with some big third down throws. Prescott finished with 397 yards and 3 touchdowns, and continues to force the hand of the Jones family to break out the checkbook this .
  • Much like Dak Prescott, I’m running out of adjectives to describe the play of . Cooper has been a God-send for this Cowboys offense over the last calendar year, looking like one of the best wide outs in the league week in and week out. Cooper went for 147 yards and a touchdown on 11 catches, and should have been given a chance to win the game on the team’s final drive.
  • Alright, that’s enough praise in defeat. Let’s talk about the negatives. The defensive tackles were flat-out awful. No matter who it was – , , , – anyone who was asked to defend the run at the 1 or 3 technique position had some very low moments against the Vikings. Minnesota bullied the Cowboys upfront on both the sides of the ball, en route to over 150 yards on the ground for this Vikings offense. and the Vikings won this game, and the Cowboys interior needs to be better if they hope to actually compete against good teams.
  • The defensive tackles were bad against the run Sunday night, but let’s not let the linebackers off the hook. and are each immensely talented, but neither has been as consistent as a run defender as they need to be going forward. Smith looked flat-out dis-engaged at times during this one, and both linebackers were run over by interior offensive linemen getting to the second level. I’ve often praised Smith for his versatility and what it does to unleash this , but he was plain bad last week.
  • Of course, we can’t let the off the hook for this loss either. made several questionable fourth down calls down the stretch of the game, and Kellen Moore was determined to pound the ball on first down despite achieving next to no success. On the defensive end, ’s were toasted. continues to look like a liability opposite , and the safety spot next to has been a massive hole all season. And, while both Jones and Woods have been mostly good this year, neither was particularly impressive either during this loss. It was a total and complete defensive failure. This to get better fast, and it all starts at the top with the staff.

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Written by 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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