Patrick Surtain visits Micah Parsons and the Dallas Cowboys.
In the hours leading up to the first round of the NFL Draft in April, it looked like the Cowboys were going to land one of the two players with their 10th overall pick.
But we all know neither Jaycee Horn nor Patrick Surtain fell on them, being picked in back-to-back picks at No.8 and No.9, which ultimately led to the Cowboys coming back and getting Micah Parsons.
So here we are at the mid-season of the regular season and Parsons and Surtain will be on the field Sunday at the AT&T stadium. The Cowboys missed the opportunity to face Horn, who was injured before the Panthers and Cowboys played in early October.
But Surtain will be there, playing well for the Broncos’ defense who have struggled to have a consistent pass this year and just traded Von Miller this week.
At his press conference on Friday, Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy was asked what he liked about Surtain during last spring’s assessment process.
“What was there not to like?” McCarthy asked in return. âHe’s very mature. He had the length, the contraction, the ball skills. He came from a very good program. You look at the makeup and think it’s off to a good start.
Surtain has started every game except one this year and has an interception for the Broncos.
Will AT&T Stadium become the home Jerry Jones envisioned? The Cowboys Game suggests it – David Moore, Dallas Morning News
Home. Field. Advantage.
The Cowboys weren’t a good home team last season. They weren’t a good team, period. But one of the building blocks of improvement is defending your ground.
One of the things the coaches insisted on during training camp was that this team would need to improve significantly at AT&T this season to meet their goals. They have responded so far by beating Philadelphia, Carolina and the New York Giants by a total of 52 points.
The three road wins the Cowboys have this season totaled 13 points.
“I think the communication at home is maybe a little bit stronger,” said quarterback Dak Prescott. âWe are able to get into the ball. We are able to do some things that being on the road and the noise can make it difficult.
âBut there is nothing quite like playing at the AT&T stadium. Being a guy who likes to play in a dome, likes to play indoors, I think that’s a big part of that. ”
Ezekiel Elliott has racked up 348 yards and scored five touchdowns in his three home games this season. He’s averaging 6 yards per carry in those games.
âI think the house gives us a little edge just because you don’t have to worry about crowd noise,â Elliott said. âWe can play with our tempo. We can get into the ball very quickly. We can slow it down.
“It’s really great to play at home, to be in front of our home crowd which has been so great this year.”
AT&T was not a boon to the team record owner Jerry Jones envisioned when he built the stadium. The Cowboys were 56-43 at the start of the season and had won six or more games in a season only three times.
Dallas was 4-4 at home in McCarthy’s first season as head coach. But the Cowboys have won their last two games to get a head start this season, giving them a five-game winning streak at home heading into Sunday’s game against Denver.
Dallas Cowboys set to become one of the most penalized playoff teams in NFL history – RJ Ochoa, Blogging the Boys
Stop the penalties. Win even more games.
From a 30,000-foot perspective, there is very little wrong with the Dallas Cowboys. It’s tough to punch holes in a team that has won six games in a row, will likely win their division with ease, and whose last victory came in a contest where they started an undrafted free agent in the quarterback position in caller signal. very first real start.
However, life in the NFL can be dangerous and things can turn from pink to gray quite quickly. This bumpy race can even take place in a single game, as fortunes can change over a half, quarter or a single drive.
We discussed the number of penalties the Cowboys incur in the last episode of The Ocho on the Blog boys podcast network. Make sure to subscribe to our podcast network so you don’t miss any of our shows! Apple devices can subscribe here and Spotify users can subscribe here.
We all want to see the Cowboys succeed. This means that we want to see them reduce the number of penalties imposed on them.
A loose Diggs, is the best Diggs.
It’s hard to describe Trevon Diggs to foreigners. Unless you’ve watched the All-22 tape, it’s hard for many people to think of the Dallas Cowboys’ best bullet hawking weapon.
Most would agree, Diggs, a 2020 second-round pick, has been a tough assessment this season. Some people are very critical, pointing out all the yards he has given up through his ways of playing. While others focus on its added value and how its big plays outweigh its handful of allowed receptions (which they most certainly do, in numbers).
Dallas encouraged him every step of the way.
It would be understandable if the Dallas Cowboys coaches wanted to reduce the delta between Trevon Diggs’ good and bad plays every week. Adding a more conservative touch, Diggs could be a more cohesive presence and a traditional CB1 for that Cowboys defense.
TREVON DIGGS BROKEN THE MOLD AT CB SO WE HAVE TO STOP TRYING TO GET IT IN.
Still, we continue to see coaches and teammates encouraging Diggs to continue playing his loose covering style. Even after giving up a big play, we see support and encouragement. No correction. Which give?
Amari Cooper forever.
Death. Taxes. Amari Cooper in clutch situations. You can count on them all. The Cowboys did it in their last practice to beat the Vikings in Week 8. Cooper remains one of the NFL’s most overlooked wide receivers, and his improvement over the years is undeniable.
Cooper continues to ride in the greatest moments. Even due to injury, he caught the winning TD against Minnesota. He continually makes big plays, and Cowboys fans know that better than anyone.
The Cowboys receiver also produces each season. He had 92 catches for 1,114 yards last season and 79 catches for 1,189 yards in 2019. If he can accomplish that again in 2021, it will be three consecutive seasons with 1,000 receiving yards – an impressive feat.
This is perhaps the most important aspect from game to game. The “fall problems” that plagued Cooper earlier in his career have mostly subsided. He now has some of the best hands in the league at his job.
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