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Fourth Quarter (7:35pm ET)On big Cowboys
06-12-2018, 05:39
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Fourth Quarter (7:35pm ET)On big Cowboys
third down , Cole Beasley with the catch for 18-yards. Dak finds Beasley again to set up the game-tying field goal from 47-yards for Brett Maher...*Snap infraction on the offense...52-yard field goal, NO GOOD, Cowboys lose to Redskins 20-17. Cowboys go into 15-day layoff, behind in the NFC East, 0-4 on the road. Cowboys had too many chances and they squandered thCowboys down by three points with all their timeouts. Sean Lee stops Alex Smith on 3rd and 9. Cowboys with one shot left, one timeout, 1:09 on the clock. 1st and 10 at WAS-11 -Dak to Zeke- Incomplete, 2nd and 10- HOLDING on Redskins. Three plays later in 3rd and Goal- Dak Prescott dives in for the TOUCHDOWN.-Two-Minute Warning-With the ball right back in Dak’s hands, he finds Geoff Swaim who takes a nasty shot to the knee after a nice gain. Dak takes off but right on cue, La’el Collins gets called for the fourth holding call by this line on the day. Dallas miraculously converts a 4th and 13 to keep hope alive. Allen Hurns then makes another catch, fumbles, but recovers it. Two big Dak runs later, the Cowboys are in position to score, down 10, at the two-minute warning with all three timeouts left.Washington scoops and scores, Redskins up 20-10, Cowboys failing miserably on the road. Pinned deep in their own territory, Dak finds Beasley on a third down but Connor Williams hold negates a huge conversion. On the next play, Gallup is running open but Dak Prescott does this:The Cowboys defense is able to dial it up with a shoestring tackle by Sean Lee to get the defense off the field. Dak and the offense are able to show life as he finds Allen Hurns at the Washington-36 for 33-yards. Scott Linehan dials up the creativity by running a jet sweep with defensive back Jourdan Lewis for seven yards. Dallas can’t pick up the third down but Brett Maher drills his 16th-straight field goal from 47-yards. Washington up 13-10 inside of ten minutes to play.Cowboys defense is able to hold off the Washington offense in the red zone. That is the seventh straight red zone attempt against this defense that ends without a touchdown. Cowboys are down by six.Third Quarter (6:35pm ET)Starting at their own 10, Dak is sacked on first down and he can’t connect with Hurns on 3rd and 11. Redskins will get the ball back at midfield. Within a few plays, Washington is at the Dallas-29 to end the third quarter.Cowboys gain six on first down with an Elliott run but can’t get anything after and are forced to punt. David Irving gets the sack to forced a 3rd and long and Washington can’t convert punting it back to the Cowboys. The Redskins pound the Cowboys defense with Adrian Peterson to get into the red zone. The Cowboys defense responds by holding Washington to a field goal after stopping a 3rd and Goal attempt by Peterson. Washington 10, Cowboys 7HalftimeSecond Quarter (5:50pm ET)At the two-minute warning, Dak finds Beasley for nine-yards on 2nd and 10. Zeke then picks up the 3rd and 1. Michael Gallup does the rest! Gallup for 49-yards and a TOUCHDOWN for the rookie, the first of his career. The game is tied at 7 at Halftime!Cowboys next possession starts with another stuffing for Zeke and minus one. Dak hits Gallup for the first down on 2nd and 11. A few plays later, on 3rd and 4, Dak takes off again and converts at their own 47-yard line. Connor Williams is called for an illegal chop-block, backing the offense back up to their 25-yard line. On 3rd and 20, Dak is sacked, Cowboys punt. Cowboys offense is lost in miscommunication.First Quarter (5:10pm ET)Dak is cleared from concussion protocol right as the Cowboys defense gets the Redskins offense off the field.After assistance from an OPI call on the Redskins offense, the Cowboys defense forces a three and out. Cowboys convert third down with a run by Zeke and Dak connects with Dalton Schultz on the bootleg for a first near midfield. On a scramble by Prescott, he’s diving for the sticks when he gets drilled in the head by a Redskins defender. Cowboys punt as Dak heads to the blue tent to begin concussion protocol.Cowboys offense got a quick first down on the next drive with Dak finding Michael Gallup but then Ezekiel Elliott was stuffed for a loss of two yards on 1st and 10. Cowboys get help from Redskins offsides penalty, they decide to go for it on fourth down, Dak gets it but D.J. Swearinger pokes the ball out, FUMBLE, Washington ball. No Thompson,No Richardson, No Crowder? No problem, Washington makes quick work of a sleeping Cowboys defense as RB Kapri Bibbs scampers 23-yardson a screen pass to draw first blood. Washington 7, Dallas 0.The Cowboys got the ball to start and like many first drives on the road, it was a three and out partly due to a Tyron Smith holding call on a Dak Prescott run. Washington’s defense almost picked Prescott off on a third down but it was ruled incomplete. Pregame (4:15pm ET)Here’s a look at today’s inactives!Cowboys: QB Mike White, WR Tavon Austin, LB Joe Thomas, DT Caraun Reid, LB Chris Covington, OL Xavier Su’a-Filo, DT Daniel RossLB Sean Lee - INTE Dalton Schultz-IN - Cowboys will carry four tight endsRedskins: WR Paul Richardson, WR Jamison Crowder Brett Maher Jersey , RB Chris Thompson, CB Quinton Dunbar, S Troy Apke, OL Casey Dunn, DL Geron Christian Sr.Adrian Peterson - INIt feels kind of old school. Dallas and Washington playing a game to stake a claim at the top of the NFC East. An old rivalry is renewed, although the rivalry has definitely been tilted in the Cowboys favor recently. On the other hand, the Cowboys have struggled mightily on the road this year, and this game is on Washington’s turf.The Cowboys offense finally had an explosion of points last week when they hung 40 points on the Jacksonville Jaguars defense. Dak Prescott was efficient passing the ball, but he was also able to hurt the Jags by running the ball. If the Cowboys want teams to quit focusing 100% on Ezekiel Elliott, then Prescott will need to us his arm, and his legs, to keep their attention split. The Cowboys defense is getting a boost this week with the return of Sean Lee. The veteran linebacker will join Jaylon Smith and Leighton Vander Esch, who have been a formidable duo in Lee’s absence. The Cowboys will have to figure out a rotation for those three that keeps the train rolling. Meanwhile, the Cowboys defensive line looks to be fully healthy for the first time in a while, making a defensive unit that has carried the Cowboys even stronger.It’s a huge game for Dallas as they try to get over .500 on the year, get a win on the road, start an actual winning streak, and grab a lead position in the NFC East.What You Need To KnowImportant links: Cowboys depth chart | RosterDate: Sunday, October 21, 2018Game time: 4:25 PM ESTLocation: FedEx Field, Landover, MDTV channel: CBSCoverage Map: 506 SportsAnnouncers: Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson (Field reporter)Radio: 105.3 The Fan | Full listings | Westwood One | SIRIUS: 135 (Dal), 82 (Was) | XM: 391 (Dal), 227 (Was)Streaming: GamePass (audio only during game), Yahoo Sports app (local market), CBS All Access (local market) Cowboys record: (3-3)Washington record: (3-2)Odds: Dallas +2.5Prediction: Dallas 24 - Washington 20Enemy blog: Hogs HavenTwitter: @BloggingTheBoysFacebook: Please Like us!Dak Prescott struggling in Dallas, but here are nine things to help him get back on track There is no secret that the Dallas Cowboys offense is struggling right now. They are second to last with 13.7 points per game. Only the Arizona Cardinals are worse. In 2015, when the team has lost Tony Romo, the offense also ranked second to last. With putrid quarterback play, the team only managed 17.2 points a game. That’s right, the 2015 offense was putting up more points than this 2018 version. That’s nauseating.When you look at things closely, there are a lot of different factors that play a part. For example, against the Seahawks, the offense had three different drives cut short because of a turnover. In the first quarter, Michael Gallup appeared to make a nice catch at midfield when Tre Flowers made a great play on the ball, poking it to Earl Thomas. Instead of 1st and 10 at midfield, Seattle got the ball. In the fourth quarter, Thomas was the recipient of another deflected ball for an interception. Another scoring drive thwarted. Then there was that great run by Ezekiel Elliott that would have been even greater if he didn’t get the ball stripped away from behind. And that doesn’t even take into account the touchdown that wasn’t, all because Zeke lost track of where he was on the field and stepped out of bounds. All of these moments hurt the Cowboys ability to score points.But scoring points has been a problem for the Cowboys dating back to the second half of last season. In five of the Cowboys final eight games last year, the Cowboys offense scored 12 points or less. In the quest to figure what the root cause is, one name keeps resurfacing... Dak Prescott. And for good reason.It’s a really hard pill to swallow to accept that Prescott could be the problem. Could he really be that bad after a record-breaking rookie season?Yes. And there could be a perfectly good explanation for it.Recently, Dalton Miller, who co-hosts Talkin Cowboys with our own Connor Livesay and Cole Patterson, proposed the question - What does Dak do well? What strengths does he have that makes him a good quarterback. That got me thinking, not just about what he does well Authentic Antwaun Woods Jersey , but also all the things he’s had a history of not doing well.I remembered a couple years ago when we were optimistic about the Cowboys success despite Tony Romo suffering a preseason injury. One of the reasons was that the Cowboys offense was perfect for a Dak Prescott type of quarterback. And what is that exactly? His draft profile reveals something very interesting. After a great junior season, some were throwing his name out for Heisman consideration.But a less than stellar senior season caused Dak to drop to the fourth round of the draft.It was almost like his pro career is mirroring his college career. He was great with protection, but he struggles under duress. Nobody gave this much thought when the Cowboys offensive line was playing at a high level as Dak had all the time he needed to do the things he was good at.But suddenly over the last half of 2017 and into this year,the offensive line has been compromised and the struggling Dak has surfaced. Now, it’s early in his career and there is nothing that says he can’t get it together and be a quarterback that doesn’t need everything to be in place in order to be successful. But it’s also not inconceivable that Prescott is only good with a strong offensive line. For the sake of this article, I’m not interested in projecting the success of Mr. Prescott. Instead, I want to focus on what made the Cowboys so good under Prescott. Looking through some tape of the 2016 season, I started jotting down some of the things that were working well for Dak and this offense during that 13-3 season. Here are nine things that the Cowboys can do to help fix Dak:1. Better pass protectionDak Prescott is a better quarterback when he can step up in the pocket. But who isn’t? Not having All-Pro center Travis Frederick around is a tough loss and backup Joe Looney and rookie left guard Connor Williams are going to have some struggles at times. Surprisingly, Looney is holding up just fine as he seldom allows any pressures.While the interior offensive line isn’t playing bad, the edges aren’t holding up as well as expected. At times, both Tyron Smith and La’el Collins have had problems. The Cowboys have to get better at protecting Prescott if their quarterback is to have a shot. The good news is - this group can play better.2. Short drop and quick releaseOne way to circumvent poor pass protection is to get the ball out of Dak’s hands quickly. Prescott does a good job when he’s in a rhythm and can deliver a strike if his first read has separation out of his break. When he has a predetermined receiver in mind and that receiver is open, this usually results in a positive play. The Cowboys have ran several slant routes for positive yards using this approach. Cole Beasley is the best at this, but Deonte Thompson, Allen Hurns, and rookie Michael Gallup have all been successful on these types of plays.3. Throw on first downThe Cowboys are a run first team, but they’ve had a lot of success when they’ve been a “throw first” team. Defenses devote so much attention in stopping Ezekiel Elliott so catch them unprepared on early downs. When you look at the team’s successful drives under Prescott, a lot of them start through the air. That’s not to say the offense can’t dish out a heavy dose of Zeke, but mixing in some first down runs is a way to keep the defense guessing.4. More play actionHaving the threat of Ezekiel Elliott is a nice asset to have, but to take full advantage of what Zeke can do, the Cowboys have to run more fakes.It’s not just that the Cowboys emerged victorious in Week 2 when they ran more play-action, but look how contrasting those percentages are. Get those linebackers going the wrong direction and free up some clean passing lanes over the middle of the field.5. Force the ball deepNormally I wouldn’t advocate for forcing anything, but changes need to be made. The Cowboys must throw the ball downfield more. There are no if, and’s, and buts about it. Prescott isn’t taking many shots down the field and something needs to change. Brice Butler is back on the team and maybe he can help in this department. The Cowboys had a lot of success in 2016 with big plays and there were many times the receiver was covered. Butler demonstrated the ability to win jump balls so it doesn’t require a free receiver wide open down the sideline. Not only that, but it forces the defense to make a play and sometimes that play is pass interference.Dak has to look deep at times and give his receivers a chance to make a play. Big plays are needed so the Cowboys aren’t confined to being efficient on third down, which they are clearly not this season.6. Throw on the runPrescott shredded defenses while throwing on the run in 2016. He operates best when he doesn’t feel those footsteps sneaking up on him, so escaping out of the pocket is one way to alleviate that pressure. Some of his best throws have occurred while scrambling out of the pocket. He feels comfortable on the run, so if things start to break down, Dak needs to move around.7. Take off runningPrescott doesn’t like pressure so when the pocket starts to collapse, he needs to get the big wheels moving. Dak is big quarterback and shows good sense in finishing runs where he’s not a sitting duck out there. You don’t want your quarterback running excessively, but Dak is a mobile quarterback and he’s capable of doing damage with his legs. 8. Designed screens for ZekeSpeaking of using all your weapons, Elliott is very dangerous on designed screens. While Prescott targeted Zeke eight times against Seattle, he only had three catches for 11 yards. Some of these throws were last resort dump offs or plays where Zeke was covered and unable to get going in space. This isn’t giving Elliott much of a chance to make a play. Instead, they need more plays like this one:9. Use Tavon moreWhether it’s a jet sweep, reverse, or a shovel passes, every time Tavon Austin touches the ball good things happen. The acquisition of Austin added a new wrinkle to what the Cowboyscould do on offense, but the onus is on the coaching staff to use him. Defenses haven’t been overly concerned with him whenever he scats across the backfield and a big reason for that is the attention they must give to no. 21. That leaves Austin to run around freely and use his speed to escape defenders, which so far has resulted in big gains.Austin fits perfectly within the offense, but he’s just not being utilized enough. More touches for Austin will eventually force defenses to lean his way and that not only open things up for Prescott, but could help out Elliott as well.It’s great if your team has a playmaking quarterback that can carry the team on his shoulders. That does not appear to be what the Cowboys have in Prescott. Does that mean he can’t get there? Certainly not, but a lot of the evidence we have thus far indicates he needs great protection to be a great quarterback. While this might be a little disheartening, it doesn’t mean the Cowboys can’t be a really good team with Dak at the helm. They just have to fix some things in order to make it happen. They’ve done it once, they can do it again.
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