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Cowboys get crushed by Packers; Jets up next

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The Dallas Cowboys were dominated by the Green Bay Packers on Sunday when they were defeated 34-24. The Cowboys were out of synch right from the start and never really had a chance to win after allowing the Packers a 24 -0 lead.

Recap

For the second week in a row Dallas has turned the ball over a few more times than their opponent, and once again came out on the losing end of the game. Don't let the score fool you, the Cowboys gained a lot of empty yards and points late in the second half.

Quarterback Dak Prescott was 27/44 for 463 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 3 INTERCEPTIONS. He also ran 4 times for 27 yards. With the Cowboys playing catch-up basically from the start, receivers Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup had big days. Cooper had his best day as a Cowboy with 11 catches for 226 yards and 1 touchdown. It was Gallup's 1st game back since injuring his knee three weeks ago. He had 7 catches for 113 yards and 1 touchdown as well.

With the team trailing all game long, Pro Bowl running back Ezekiel Elliott was kept in check by the Green Bay defense. He only had 14 touches total. Zeke carried 12 times for 62 yards, a 1 yard rushing touchdown and 2 catches for 29 yards. Without Elliott leading the way for the Cowboy offense, the Packers were able to control the game and cruise to an easy win.

Dallas now falls to (3-2) and is now tied with the Philadelphia Eagles for 1st in the NFC East.

3 Things to Watch For

1.Ezekiel Elliott (Running Back): The Cowboys need to feed Zeke the ball and not stop in order to get back to their winning ways. There is no reason he should not get less than 20 touches in every game.

2.Michael Gallup (Wide Receiver): Didn't show any signs of slowing down in his return to the field. He has caught 6 or more passes in every game he has played this season and I would expect it to keep going due to the great chemistry he has with Prescott.

3.Brett Maher (Kicker): 2nd year man had some issues in the Preseason and it looks like he hasn't fixed them. He is 4/7 on field goal attempts for the season, which is 57.1%. That is not good, that isn't even close to average.If this continues, the Cowboys are going to need to find themselves another kicker.

Coming Up

This Sunday October 13th, the Dallas Cowboys (3-2) will be going to the Big Apple to take on the New York Jets (0-4) at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford New Jersey. Kickoff is set for 3:25 pm Central time. With the Cowboys losing 2 in a row, I expect them to come out and let Zeke run over the Jets defense. A good mix of run and pass plays should allow Dallas to stay in rhythm and roll to an easy victory. The Jets #1 quarterback Sam Darnold will be back from missing a few games due to illness but he will probably not be 100 percent game shape ready.

If you have any fantasy players, the only must start players are:

Cowboys:Ezekiel Elliott (RB), Amari Cooper (WR), Dak Prescott (QB), Michael Gallup (WR)

JETS:Le'Veon Bell (RB)

For you gamblers out there, the Cowboys are currently -7.5 and the over/under is 43.5. I would only take Dallas at -7 or less would be even better but I think the over is the best play, just like last week!

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The Astros suffered a heartbreaking loss to the Yankees Thursday. Composite image by Brandon Strange.

After an impressive two-game sweep of the NL-best Mets at home earlier in the week, the Astros took to the road to begin a four-game series with the league-best Yankees on Thursday night. To little surprise, the series started with a bang (no, not a trash can bang) in more ways than one, confirming that this series should be a must-watch this weekend.

New York's comeback proves no lead will be safe

Right from the get-go, the loud Yankee Stadium faithful had their chance to rain boos down on Jose Altuve before showing some pleasure as he led off the series by being hit by a pitch. They were quickly, though only temporarily, quieted as Altuve would come in to score two batters later on a three-run blast by Alex Bregman.

Three-run homers seemed to be a theme, as New York would get one of their own to tie the game off the bat of Giancarlo Stanton to tie the game, then Yordan Alvarez continued his dominant June by pushing the Astros back in front by three with another three-run bomb in the third, making it 6-3. That lead held through to the bottom of the ninth, where instead of holding it, Ryan Pressly issued two walks to set up the fourth homer of the game to tie things again before Aaron Judge would get a walk-off single to complete the impressive comeback.

Not only will we get to sit back and watch the slug-fest between Yordan and Judge this weekend, but it looks like with Alex Bregman swinging well again to round out the top of Houston's order, the Astros may be getting closer to their full power. So far in June, these two teams sit third and fourth in on-base percentage, with the Astros at .351 and the Yankees right behind at .350. That means we should continue to see scoring opportunities on both sides that can tilt momentum one way or the other as these lineups try to battle against the opposing pitcher.

How will the aces fare

Verlander vs. Judge, and Cole vs. Alvarez, need I say more? Although we won't see Justin Verlander go up against Gerrit Cole in the same game in this series (they should go head to head next Thursday, however), they will pitch on back-to-back days, with Houston's ace going Friday night and New York's on Saturday afternoon. Verlander is coming off his worst start of the year, a three and two-thirds inning outing where the White Sox put up seven runs, four earned, against him and knocked him out early to give him his third loss and increased his ERA from 1.94 to 2.30.

The last time he faced the Yankees was in the Bronx in the 2019 playoffs, in ALCS Game 5, where he went seven frames while allowing four runs, all on two homers in the first inning, which is all New York needed to grab the 4-1 victory to make it a 3-2 Houston lead in the series, which the Astros would go on to clinch in Game 6. So, with the double dose of bad taste in his mouth, it will be interesting to see if he can use that as the fuel to get back to the phenomenal form he's had this year or if the Yankees try to jump on him early like they did nearly three years ago.

Cole, meanwhile, is fresh off of two quality starts in a row against the Rays, where he allowed just one run on six hits with nineteen strikeouts over 13.1 innings of work. He's had his share of strife this season, though, including a seven-run shelling by the Twins earlier this month, along with a start in April where he couldn't make it through two innings against the Tigers. He's had success against his former club, most notably a complete-game shutout in Houston last July with twelve K's and holding the Astros to just three hits.

If the series opener was any indication, we are in for the treat of a playoff-caliber matchup, if not a potential ALCS preview that we may see in October. The Yankees showed why they have the best record and are the hottest team in baseball on Thursday night, but the Astros were only a good outing from their closer away from having a relatively lopsided win. The rivalry is real; the competition is close, and we get to enjoy the show.

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