The Cowboys Report

Cowboys Crush the Eagles to take lead in NFC East

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The Dallas Cowboys (4-3) smashed the Philadelphia Eagles (3-4) Sunday night by the score of 37-10.The victory sends them into their Week 8 bye week on a positive note and stopped a three game losing streak.

Recap

The Cowboys caused an early turnover on the Eagles' first possession that they quickly turned into a 7-point lead and they never looked back.They won the all-important turnover battle 4-1 and held the Eagles to less than 300 yards of offense.

Both of Dallas' starting offensive tackles were back from injury and it showed.The Cowboy offense had their highest scoring game of the year. Quarterback Dak Prescott was 21/27 for 239 passing yards, 1 touchdown, and 1 interception. He also ran the ball 5 times for 30 yards and a touchdown. He connected with six different receivers. All-Pro receiver Amari Cooper returned from injury and led the way with 5 catches for 106 yards.

Pro Bowl running back Ezekiel Elliott ran through the 4th best rushing defense all game long. He had 28 touches, 22 carries for 111 yards and 1 touchdown, and caught 6 passes for 36 yards.When the Cowboys feed Zeke the ball more than 20 times a game, a victory tends to come with it.

The Dallas defense was amazing. They held the one dimensional Eagles offense to less than 175 yards passing and only allowed 16 first downs.They recovered three fumbles and sacked Philly quarterback Carson Wentz three times as well. Sadly, they lost their best player, linebacker Leighton Vander Esch to a neck injury towards the end of the 1st half. Hopefully the bye week will allow him to not miss anytime going forward.

Dallas improves to (4-3) and takes over first place in the NFC East. Most importantly, they are now (3-0) against their division opponents.The Cowboys enter their bye week off of a HUGE win and will be on the road taking on their division rival New York Giants on Monday night November 4th.

For you gamblers out there, the over of 49 just missed but hopefully you were able to get the Cowboys at either -2.5 or -3 for an easy win.

Vikings 28, Cowboys 24

Cowboys-Vikings: Good, bad and ugly

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Sunday's night's game between Minnesota and Dallas left a lot to be desired for Cowboys fans. Although it was a good game from a football perspective and competitive until the very end, poor play calling in the Red Zone cost them another victory as the Vikings secured a 28-24 win in Arlington.

The Good

Dak Prescott had a strong game with 397 passing yards and only one interception on a Hail Mary to end the game. Prescott seemed to be playing with an abundance of confidence as compared to previous games in which the Cowboys lost. The Vikings' defense was able to stop the Cowboys' run game early and often which forced Prescott to try and beat the Vikings through the air. He performed admirably and almost led the Cowboys to a comeback victory.

Both teams had great offensive performances with tons of crazy circus-like catches. Amari Cooper had two of those crazy catches. One gem was a toe-tapping reception that set up a 23-yead Michael Gallup touchdown two plays later. His other catch was a 12-yard touchdown to put the Cowboys up 21-20. Cooper led the game in catches with 11 receptions on 14 targets for 147 yards. Prescott and Cooper have looked in sync since his return from his injury that forced him to miss the Eagles game.

Randell Cobb recaptured some of his old Packers' magic and had his best game as a Cowboy. He had six receptions for 106 yards and one touchdown. Both Prescott and Cobb were on the same page for multiple plays, and it is a good indication that he will be utilized more going forward.

The Bad

The Cowboys could not get the run game going against Minnesota's stellar defensive line. After three straight 100-yard games, Ezekiel Elliot only rushed for a total of 47 yards on 20 carries. This forced the Cowboys to adjust their game plan and made Prescott prime to beat the Vikings defense. Everything worked in the Vikings favor early on when they scored two quick touchdowns.

Normally it is the Cowboys' offense that gets off to slow starts, but this time it was the defense that couldn't step up in the first quarter. Kirk Cousins was able to torch the Cowboys' secondary for 220 yards and two passing touchdowns to Kyle Rudolph. Even without their Pro Bowl Receiver Adam Thielen, the Vikings receivers feasted on the Cowboys' secondary. The Kubiak offense was on full display as his famous bootleg screens and run blocking schemes left the Cowboys dazed and confused as to how to stop the Vikings.

Dalvin Cook had a field day with the Cowboys' defense, rushing for 97 yards and had seven receptions for 86 yards. Compared to last week, guys like Sean Lee and Demarcus Lawrence had subpar games. Leighton Vander Esh returned from his one game absence, but was practically a no show when it came to stopping the Vikings run game.

The ugly

Jason Garret and Kellen Moore could be credited for some gutsy play calls on offense Sunday night. The Cowboys even lined up in the Wild Cat formation at one point. The change in offensive strategy worked in the first half, but the play calling regressed when they were insistent on running the ball. This was most apparent in the 4th quarter when the boys were down by four in the red zone. The Cowboys had a first down at the Minnesota 19 but insisted on continuing to force the ball to Elliott when the Vikings had made it clear they could shut him down. After three dismal running plays, Prescott then tried to force a pass to Elliot which was deflected by Vikings Linebacker Eric Kendricks. This pitiful selection of plays ultimately cost the Cowboys the game and put Jason Garret back on the hot seat.

For the Vikings, Kyle Rudolf had a great game. It seemed as though anyone who the Cowboys sent to cover him would be in trouble. He had a total of three red zone scores, two touchdowns and one 2-point conversion. His first touchdown was a great one-handed catch that Sean Lee couldn't do anything about. On his other two scores both Lee and Chidoble Awuzie couldn't cover him. He scored 14 of the Vikings 28 points and was their biggest weapon in the red-zone.

For the third straight game, Jeff Heath left with an injury. I give kudos to his toughness and willingness to come back to the field as soon as possible, but if he is hurt he should not be on the field. When healthy, Heath is a pro bowl safety and could have been an answer for Rudolf. Heath suffered a shoulder injury which caused him to leave the game in the first half. If he is still hurt, the Cowboys should consider resting him a week or two.

The next team the Cowboys will see is the injury-riddled Lions. Although this game may look easy on paper, the Cowboys should never underestimate their opponent again after what happened during the Jets game. The Cowboys are currently tied with the Eagles atop the NFC East. Both team schedules get tough after next week, so expect a grueling race to take place in the NFC East going forward.




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