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The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly For Cowboys Against Baltimore

Brian Martin



Cowboys Headlines - The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly For Cowboys Against Baltimore

The Dallas Cowboys have won nine straight games in a row and are without a doubt one of the best teams in the entire NFL. That's quite a turnaround from the 4-12 team they were last year.

After watching the first half, it was hard to imagine that the Cowboys would be the victor in this game. The Baltimore Ravens did everything in their power to control Ezekiel Elliott and Dak Prescott, but the young rookies were too much for them in the end.

Speaking of Elliott and Prescott, they continue to break records with their impressive play on the field.

Prescott threw for at least two touchdowns in his fifth consecutive game, tying Dan Marino and Russell Wilson as the only other rookies to ever accomplish that feat. Elliott broke Tony Dorsett's rookie rushing record for the Dallas Cowboys (1,007) that was set back in 1977. Elliott now has 1,102 rushing yards on the season.

Although this was still an impressive win, I still wanted to share with you what I thought was The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly for the Dallas Cowboys against the Baltimore Ravens.

The Good 

Cowboys Headlines - The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly For Cowboys Against Baltimore 1I actually debated about which part of this game I wanted to mention in the good category, but how could you not say that what Dak Prescott was able to do doesn't belong here.

Prescott and the rest of the Dallas Cowboys offense started off a little slow, but he ended the game throwing for 301 yards and three touchdowns.

Honestly, I was a little worried while watching the first half that this was the game that we finally see Prescott unravel, but to his credit he stood in there and finished strong.

There were a few times that I thought he might not be able to continue after some of the big hits he took, but I really admire how he continued to stand in the pocket and deliver the ball downfield. I really liked how he finally got Terrance Williams and Brice Butler involved as well.

This performance solidifies why he is still the starting quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys, despite a healthy Tony Romo.

The Bad

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I'm going to go out on a limb here and probably catch a lot of flak, but I think the bad this game was on the defensive side of the ball for the Dallas Cowboys.

I honestly believe that this was arguably their worst performance of the season, but they were still able to do just enough to secure a victory.

The Cowboys defense continues to perform over expectations, but really struggled with an average Baltimore Ravens offense yesterday afternoon.

Terrance West was pretty much untouched when he ran for a touchdown in the first quarter, and Joe Flacco had all day to throw the entire game.

This game was a lot closer than it should've been because the defense struggle get the Ravens off the field in some key situations.

The defense can't continue to play like this if they want to be a playoff contender. The Cowboys will face better offenses down the road, especially in the postseason.

The Ugly

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It would be too easy to say that the entire first half or all of the penalties for the Dallas Cowboys was the ugly, but I'm going to go a different direction here and say that it was Ezekiel Elliott.

No, I'm not saying that Elliott's performance was in any way ugly. I'm saying that he faced the top run defense in the NFL and had to grind out those ugly/dirty yards that we haven't had to see him do just yet.

He finished the night just 3 yards from hitting the 100 yard mark (97) on 25 carries, and also added four receptions for 30 yards.

This might be one of my favorite performances by Elliott to date. He didn't see very many wide open running lanes, but he continued to grind out yards, which opened up the passing game.

This is one of the reasons why Ezekiel Elliott is so valuable to this offense. Defenses have to account for him and this time Dez Bryant was the beneficiary because for some reason the Ravens defense decided to devote one defender to try and guard him.

What is your Good, Bad, and Ugly for the Cowboys against Baltimore?

Please feel free to use the comment section below to share your thoughts and opinions on this topic.

Level C2/C3 quadriplegic. College graduate with a bachelors degree in sports and health sciences-concentration sports management. Sports enthusiast. Dallas Cowboys fanatic. Lover of life with a glass half-full point of view.

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Cowboys Sign WR Devin Smith, Former 2nd-Round Pick

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Devin Smith

The Dallas Cowboys have reportedly signed Receiver Devin Smith, previously with the New York Jets, to a futures contract. Smith was a 2nd-round pick, 37th overall, in the 2015 NFL Draft.

Before going pro, Devin was a college teammate of current Cowboys Ezekiel Elliott, Rod Smith, and Noah Brown. They were all members of the 2014 Ohio State Buckeyes team that won the National Championship.

Smith's agent, Jason Bernstein, tweeting the following earlier today:

Jason Bernstein on Twitter

Congrats to WR Devin Smith @dsmithosu for signing with the #DallasCowboys! Welcome back.

Thus far, Smith's NFL career has been marred by injuries. He has suffered two ACL tears in the same knee and only been able to appear in 14 games. He was waived by the Jets last summer and was not with any team last season.

Overall, the 2015 class of receivers has been disappointing. Amari Cooper has been a star and other later-round picks like Tyler Lockett, Stefon Diggs, and Jamison Crowder have been good. But the other big names of the class, such as Kevin White, Breshad Perriman, and DeVante Parker, have not lived up to the hype.

The Cowboys are known for trying to reclaim players who once had high draft status and bad starts to their careers. They are clearly hoping to cash in on Smith's previously perceived potential, which had him projected as a possible first-round talent at one time.

For both Devin and Dallas' sake, we hope it's a success!

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Breaking: Scott Linehan and Dallas Cowboys Part Ways

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Scott Linehan Acknowledges Need for New "Wrinkles" in Cowboys Offense

Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network is reporting that the Dallas Cowboys and Offensive Coordinator Scott Linehan have mutually agreed to part ways following a tumultuous season that saw the Dallas Cowboys offense finish outside the top 12 three out of his four seasons in Dallas.

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Sources: The #Cowboys are firing OC Scott Linehan. Taking their offense in a new direction. An announcement is coming.

Scott Linehan was brought in prior to the 2015 season and saw his offenses finish 31st, fifth, 14th, and 22nd in his four years as the Cowboys play caller. The 2015 season can be excused as the Cowboys rolled out Kellen Moore, Matt Cassell, and Brandon Weeden for 13 starts after Tony Romo was injured twice during the season, but the team 2-11 in those 13 starts and the Cowboys failed to make the playoffs despite a strong performance on the defensive side of the football.

The Cowboys saw an offense that finished fifth in the NFL in points in 2016 decline each of the last two offseasons and Linehan has been continually criticized by analysts, fans, and players as well.

Many believe that the reason that Dez Bryant and Brice Butler weren't brought back in the offseason was because of the public criticism of the offense and the play caller instilling the offense and that criticism has carried over to this season when Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper acknowledged that the Philadelphia Eagles were sitting on the slant routes that they had run all game. Dak mentioned that he changed Amari's route to a go route, which led to a 75 yard touchdown that helped open up the offense.

Cole Beasley has been frustrated with his role for much of the season and deservedly so. He was often non-existent in the offensive game plan until the final five minutes of football games.

In the running game, the offense had become too predictable and reliant upon jumbo formations that led to Ezekiel Elliott having to run against eight in the box anywhere from 25-30% of the time. For perspective, Todd Gurley only ran against eight-man fronts around eight percent of the time. Scott Linehan never looked to attempt to take players out of the box, instead insisting on motioning more players into the box for the offensive line and Ezekiel Elliott to run against. It's amazing when you think about it, that Ezekiel Elliott was able to win the rushing title when facing loaded fronts as often as he did.

This was a move that needed to happen and the Dallas Cowboys didn't need to waste anymore time to make it happen. The offense had become stale and frustrating for the players as well as the fans. While Jason Garrett started the offseason saying he "didn't expect any changes," this was a move that absolutely had to happen for the offense to take a step forward. Below, you can read Jason Garrett's announcement on the move.

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Cowboys have fired Scott Linehan

Even after the move for Amari Cooper, the offense looked better, but it still struggled at times to move the football.

The Cowboys have a young team with especially young players on the offensive side of the football. They have a quarterback who can throw from the pocket, but has excellent movement skills and capabilities of throwing the ball on the run. He's an excellent runner on designed runs. Despite us knowing all that, Scott Linehan looked reluctant to use him on designed quarterback runs that weren't read options or speed options. What you saw on designed runs in the Seattle game is what this team should be doing five times a game.

Now the question becomes, who should the Cowboys next offensive coordinator be? Our own, Staff Writer Brian Martin, laid out 5 Options to be the Next Offensive Coordinator earlier this week. I suggest you give it a read.

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DeMarcus Lawrence Named Top Free Agent Of The 2019 Class

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Much has been made about the Dallas Cowboys 2019 free agent class. Dallas has a ton of cap space moving forward, but they are going to "have" to pay many of the key players on their roster over the next two offseasons in order to keep their young core together.

Of course, when you're drafting, that's the goal. To draft so well that when your own players become free agents, you go ahead and pay them to keep them around, rather than overpay on the free agent market for external players.

One of the major pieces the Cowboys will have to retain this offseason is defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence. And while Cowboys Nation often thinks of Lawrence as underrated around the league, the NFL has caught onto his importance as he enters free agency this Spring. ranked their top 10 free agents for 2019, with DeMarcus Lawrence clocking in at number one, over elite players like Jadeveon Clowney and Le'Veon Bell.

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ESPN's top 10 free agents for 2019 and what Le'Veon Bell should be looking to command based on previous measures.

DeMarcus Lawrence is going to command big time money, likely even Khalil Mack-type money. But the fact of the matter is that he has earned it. Lawrence has been the heart and soul of the Cowboys defensive line the last two seasons, and the most consistent edge player on the team as well.

Not only has he been an effective pass rusher, but DeMarcus Lawrence also plays with a relentless motor against the run that can sometimes be rare to find in those premier pass rushers. He really is a jack of all trades at defensive end, and should be priority number one for the Cowboys this offseason.

Thankfully, I can't imagine the Cowboys not retaining DeMarcus Lawrence and extending him in the coming months.

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