The Dallas Cowboys started their season playing against the defending champions. The two teams traded blows with the Cowboys led by Dak Prescott, but in the end, with the Cowboys in the lead with just over a minute to go, they couldn’t slow quarterback Tom Brady enough to stop the match. – winning shooting range. Even though they lost that game, the Cowboys can use their solid performance and now focus their attention on their next opponent, LA. Chargers. Before we turn our attention to this, we need to assess the performance of the Cowboys against the Buccaneers.
You would think that in a loss you wouldn’t give a team an overall “B” rating, but that team got into a tough environment and stood firm against the defending champions. Many have seen the Cowboys lose this game in double digits, but the Cowboys have proven they are in the race as an NFC team that can make it to the super bowl. They have a few little things that need to be cleaned up, but if you take into account that they were missing Zack Martin and this was a new defense, that’s pretty good.
The Cowboys coaching staff would have had a lower rating without the excellent offensive program called out by Kellen Moore. His strategy of using his away receivers to expand defense and attack the edges really exposed the Buccaneers. He effectively took the strength of that defense off the defensive line and put all the pressure on the cornerbacks to come in and make plays. The two reasons this team couldn’t have been ranked higher are related to John Fassel’s poor special team training, Mike McCarthy’s decision to throw a 60-yard field goal when your kicker is in trouble, and the decision by Dan Quinn. not to replace Anthony Brown who has been harassed all night.
The biggest question of the Dallas Cowboys season was how Dak Prescott will fare on her comeback after two ankle surgeries and a shoulder injury at training camp. Prescott came out and allayed all concerns with a 42/58 with 403 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. He took punches, ran at times and, more importantly, he looked calm under the pressure and unfazed by defenders around his legs. Prescott is back and with him the Cowboys are NFC contenders again.
Running backs: B-
The Cowboys ‘game plan didn’t seem to focus on setting the run, they tried, but the Buccaneers’ inside defensive line was too strong to allow Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard to start with a combined run of 47 yards. The running backs were used in the passing game, collectively getting six catches for 35 yards. The big part of that rating is Ezekiel Elliott’s pass protection which was excellent all night.
Wide receivers: A
Other than the CeeDee Lamb drops, this unit was solid with every receiver making contributions. Amari Cooper, whose mission this season is to prove himself the best receiver in the NFL, started off strong with 13 catches for 139 and two touchdowns to lead receivers in all categories. Lamb would also add his own touchdown. The only downside to this display on their part was Lamb’s falls again, but now with the news of Michael Gallup’s calf strain, the Cowboys will look to Cedrick Wilson to take over.
Tight ends: B-
Blake Jarwin’s return has been quiet with three catches for 20 yards, while Dalton Schultz continues to show he should be the Cowboys’ tight point as he managed to get six catches for 45 yards in this game. The reason for the B rating is their lack or real impact in the scoring department and the block Jarwin failed to get that would have given Elliott a clear path in the end zone and given them a better chance. to win the game.
Offensive line: B
Second-year center Tyler Biadasz held his own against two of the league’s best defensive tackles. He and Connor McGovern were the real question marks going into this game and they held up well under the bright lights. Tyron Smith and La’el Collins both looked good in their comebacks against very good pass rushers. Connor Williams suffered a few penalties which hurt the offense. Overall, this group is off to a good start and hopefully will get Zack Martin back next week, but will lose Collins for the next five games due to suspension.
Defensive line: C
On rushed runs, the Cowboys’ defensive tackles did the job of keeping the Leonard Fournette and Ronald Jones duo to just 46 yards overall, but when it came to stopping the pass, the defensive ends just couldn’t. put enough pressure on Tom Brady. The only players who really came close were DeMarcus Lawrence and Dorance Armstrong. It’s nice to see the run defense coming in, but the Cowboys will need that pass rush to start coming home or this high school is for a long season.
The Cowboys always seem to be trying to find the best rotation for linebackers and it showed as they frequently brought them in and out during this game. It was interesting to see that Micah Parsons and Keanu Neal played more snaps than last year’s starters Jaylon Smith and Leighton Vander Esch. The other issue that will need to be addressed is which one is best suited to cover tight ends as they haven’t been able to stop Rob Gronkowski in this game.
This unit still has a lot of work to do to determine who will start against Trevon Diggs, who was the only cornerback to have done a great job in this game. Diggs was on Mike Evans much of the game and held him to a take on the night. Meanwhile, Anthony Brown was selected most of the night and just couldn’t keep pace with Antonio Brown and Chris Godwin. They’re going to have to figure this out quickly or the teams will continue this trend. The safety rotation seemed to be going well and Damontae Kazee caused a fumble. But overall, the high school gave up too much in the passing game, and they couldn’t stop Tampa Bay in the last crucial practice.
Special teams: D
Talk about letting your team down. This group just couldn’t get the job done in this game. Whether it was missing field goals and extra points or giving up big chunks of yards in the second leg, this unit in his ensemble was just not in his game and Fassel needs to right the ship as soon as possible.