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

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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.

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Sanjay Lal Hired As Cowboys WR Coach

Sean Martin

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Sanjay Lal Hired As Cowboys WR Coach

After hiring Paul Alexander to fill their vacant OL coaching position, the Dallas Cowboys are continuing to retool their offensive staff below Scott Linehan. Sanjay Lal has been hired to coach the Cowboys’ wide receivers, replacing Derek Dooley.

Lal has experience as a WR coach with four different teams, dating back to 2009 with the Oakland Raiders. He was promoted up to this position after serving as the Raiders’ quality control coach from 2007-08.

David Moore on Twitter

Sources: Cowboys have reached an agreement with Sanjay Lal to become the team’s WR coach. Lal was with Indianapolis last season and replaces Derek Dooley on the staff.

Most recently, Sanjay Lal coached the receivers for the Indianapolis Colts in 2017. He has also been with the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets.

In this interview with the Colts, Lal mentions being very detail-oriented with a focus on the technical aspects of playing receiver.

Lal beats out former Cowboys WR Miles Austin for this position, earning the right to lead a room of receivers in desperate need of fresh talent. In an offseason that’s been about finding fresh ideas with the coaching staff so far though, the Cowboys have a new voice on offense.

Tell us what you think about “Sanjay Lal Hired As Cowboys WR Coach” in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!

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Cowboys Losing Linebackers Coach Matt Eberflus to Colts

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Multiple sources are reporting Matt Eberflus — who has been the linebackers coach and passing game coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys — will leave to join the Indianapolis Colts as the new defensive coordinator. Eberflus has been with Dallas since 2011, having joined Rob Ryan’s staff when Ryan become the coordinator for the Cowboys’ defense.

He has been the linebackers coach during his entire Dallas tenure and was also named passing game coordinator in 2016.

Tom Pelissero on Twitter

With Josh McDaniels ticketed for the #Colts, former #Cowboys assistant Matt Eberflus is expected to come along as defensive coordinator, I’m told. Lot of parts falling in place now.

If not the Colts, some thought Matt Eberflus might end up replacing Matt Patricia as the defensive coordinator in New England. Either way, it does not appear Dallas could have kept him around while Rod Marinelli remains in his current position.

Eberflus’ work in Dallas speaks for itself, and primarily through LB Sean Lee.

He has been Lee’s position coach for all but his rookie season, and in that time Lee has been one of the top defensive players in all of football.

Beyond Lee, Eberflus has also been able to get quality play out of mid-round picks like Anthony Hitchens and Damien Wilson. We also saw Jaylon Smith make significant progress this season.

Given Matt Eberflus has never worked with Josh McDaniels before, the fact he was on the Colts’ radar says a lot.

Make no mistake; the Cowboys lost a good one here.

Don’t panic, however. Coach Marinelli has cast a very wide net during his time in the NFL and there are a lot of potential guys, some with plenty of experience, that Dallas might look to.

It’s entirely possible that Eberflus’ replacement will be someone who Marinelli spends 2018 grooming to take over as the defensive coordinator.

Still, of all the coaching changes so far for Dallas, this one hurts most.

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Cowboys Hire Longtime Bengals OL Coach Paul Alexander

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Cowboys Hire Longtime Bengals OL Coach Paul Alexander

Thus far the 2018 offseason has brought a plethora of change to the Dallas Cowboys coaching staff, especially on the offensive side of the ball. Now it is being reported the Cowboys have hired a brand new offensive line coach, former Cincinnati Bengals’ Offensive Line Coach Paul Alexander.

Alex Marvez on Twitter

Source tells @sportingnews that Paul Alexander hired as new @dallascowboys offensive line coach

Alexander coached with the Bengals for over 20 years, and replaces the same man in Dallas who replaces him in Cincinnati, Frank Pollack. Alexander has also been the Bengals assistant head coach since 2003.

The Cowboys recently lost an assistant head coach when Special Teams Coordinator Rich Bisaccia left for Jon Gruden’s Oakland Raiders.

Per usual, the hire has been met with mixed reactions from Cowboys Nation.

Joey Ickes on Twitter

Since 2003, CIN has had only one season where they finished top-10 in Yards per attempt on the ground… They’ve been bottom-5 in the league 5 times in that span… That’s the OL Coach DAL just hired.

The hiring of an offensive line coach who’s rushing attack finished bottom five in the league in rushing yards per attempt five times since 2003 doesn’t look too great on paper. He will also teach with different techniques and styles than previous Cowboys OL coaches, which could potentially set back the offensive line early in the season.

Plus, respected Bengals’ writer Joe Goodberry did not exactly love the hire for the Cowboys.

Goodberry on Twitter

Pretty bad https://t.co/fysjZqCQ6l

Regardless, this is still a very talented offensive line and one which should lead an effective ground attack based on their talent alone. 2017 proved further that coaching matters a lot in the NFL however, and the wrong hire could set back even the most talented of units.

We will just have to wait and see how this 2018 season ends up playing out.

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