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The Cowboys: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly

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The Week Six game between the Cowboys and the Jets was like most football games; there was the good, the bad, and the downright ugly. The end result left a bad taste in the mouth of every Cowboys' fan, but there were other takeaways from this sad loss in East Rutherford.

The Good

The defensive front seven is playing very well. Guys like Demarcus Lawrence and Robert Quinn were able to get some pressure on Sam Darnold. Quinn added two sacks Sunday, bringing his season total to five.

Kicker Brett Maher made two key field goals from 50 and 62-yards in the first half. The 62-yarder as time expired in the first half tied a Cowboys record that Maher had set himself last season. However, he did miss a 40-yard field goal in the third quarter. Those three points could have propelled the Cowboys to a victory, but Maher still performed admirably this game. Ezekiel Elliot added another 100 yards to his season total, but took a pounding every time he touched the ball. This has to be a wake-up call for the Cowboys. For a team supposed to be contending for a Super Bowl, the Cowboys could find themselves sitting at home come playoff time.

The bad

The Cowboys defensive secondary has been bend don't break for too long, and on Sunday they finally broke in half. Sam Darnold and the Jet's offense were able to figure them out early, and took full advantage of their soft coverage. Jets receiver Robby Anderson had the play of the game when he torched the Cowboys backfield for a 92-yard touchdown reception. Both defensive backs Jeff Heath and Chidobe Awuzie could not keep Anderson and the Jets receivers in front of them all game.

The ugly

With tackles Tyrone Smith and La'El Collins inactive for the game, the Jet's defensive coordinator was able to come up with multiple rush packages to disrupt the Cowboys' depleted offensive line. Under constant duress, Prescott struggled through poor throws, short throws, and a barrage of body blows. He did find some rhythm in the second half, but it felt more like a Blake Bortles garbage time performance than Dak and the Cowboys electric offense that was on full display weeks1-3. What also didn't help was the horrendous play-calling. On 4th and 2 on the seven-yard line, Garrett called for a QB run option instead of handing the ball off to Elliot, or settling for an easy field goal. Of course, it failed and on the very next play, Darnold threw his 92-yard bomb to Anderson putting the Jets up 14-6. One more time, the Cowboys and Garrett heavily underestimated his opponent.

While the season is not doomed with the loss to the Jets, the Cowboys certainly missed a golden opportunity. Next up, the Cowboys run face first into division rival Philadelphia Eagles, who are also 3-3 and coming off a tough loss.

The season may not be over for the Cowboys, but unless he starts learning from his mistakes, Jason Garrett won't be allowed to waste all this talent for much longer.


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Kyle Tucker is still being evaluated for a shin contusion. Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images.

Astros outfielder Kyle Tucker gave the fanbase a big scare on Monday night when he injured himself fouling a ball off his right shin. Tucker was forced to leave the game and was seen on crutches following the club's win over the Cardinals.

Tucker said the X-rays came back negative, and he would receive further evaluation from doctors on Tuesday, per The Athletic's Chandler Rome.

Astros manager Joe Espada gave an update on Tucker Tuesday afternoon on the club's flagship station.

Tucker is considered “day to day” and will not be playing in Tuesday night's game against the Cardinals. It's good news for the Astros that Tucker hasn't already been placed on the Injured List. But clearly they're not out of the woods yet. Tucker is still being evaluated.

Houston was clearly preparing to be without Tuck for at least a game or two, as they called up outfielder Trey Cabbage and sent down infielder Grae Kessinger.

Cabbage gives the Astros another outfielder and a left-handed bat off the bench should the club need to pinch hit. Plus, Cabbage has speed should the team need to pinch run. He provides plenty of athleticism should Espada need it on the base paths, as Jose Abreu and Jon Singleton are station to station players.

Cabbage has 14 at-bats with the Astros this year, with 3 hits and 3 RBIs.

Mauricio Dubon is starting in right field for Tucker.


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