Each week, I’m more surprised than ever about this Dallas Cowboys football team. I don’t think anyone could have predicted the Cowboys would be this successful without their quarterback and top receiver. Every test they’ve had they have aced. With their impressive win over the Packers at Lambeau on Sunday, here are a few winners and losers.
- When the Cowboys drafted Elliott, it was for this reason. Not only was Elliott responsible for over 170 all purpose yards, but he also helped the Cowboys control the clock and that helped keep Aaron Rodgers off the field. Elliott was phenomenal on Sunday, making big runs in short yardage, catching the ball out of the backfield and picking up blitzes. I can’t say enough about just how dominant this rookie has been in all facets off the game. Six games into his NFL career and he may truly be the best running back in the NFL. Insane.
- Byron Jones is still looking for his first takeaway, but don’t let that fool you. He’s not only a solid safety, he’s an elite one. Jones has made crucial plays in each of the last three games and is showing his versatility. When Morris Claiborne went down, Dallas slid Jones inside to the slot corner position and he handled Randall Cobb about as well as any corner in the league could. He also made the play of the game when he tipped a pass away on fourth down, right before halftime. The turnovers will come, but this a young player playing at an elite level and it’s fun to watch.
- The Cowboys’ defensive lineman don’t play a ton of snaps, because Rod Marinelli believes in rotating players to keep them fresh. But what David Irving did in 19 snaps on Sunday was downright impressive. Irving recorded a sack and forced a team record three fumbles, all which were recovered by Dallas. Irving has missed the past few games because of a concussion, but he’s a freak athlete who fits well in the Cowboys’ rotation. he has enough talent to possibly move Tyrone Crawford to the bench at left defensive end, but if nothing else, expect to see an increase in snaps for Irving after the bye.
- Although he made a beautiful catch in the end zone for a touchdown right before the half, Butler’s game summed up his entire career; inconsistent. His ability and talent can allow him to make some beautiful plays, but his lack of detail make you want to pull your hair out. His penalty while blocking downfield negated a first down and a massive gain by Cole Beasley. The Cowboys’ would’ve had the ball 1st down and 10 at the 15. Instead, they were forced into a 3rd down and three from the 31. They were forced to settle for a field goal on the drive. He also had another chance to change field position on a perfectly thrown ball by Dak Prescott that hit his hands in stride. Butler dropped the pas and Prescott threw his first interception on the next play. A potential 14 point swing.
Red Zone Offense
- The Cowboys’ red zone struggles this year are somewhat concerning, but they are only concerning because of what we are used to seeing. With Tony Romo and Dez Bryant in the lineup, this is the best red zone offense in the league. But without them, they are just above average. On Sunday, the Cowboys’ reached the red zone four different times, but only scored touchdowns on two of their trips.It seems like knit-picking, but if the Cowboys want to be a Super Bowl contender, that number needs to be closer to 75%, rather than 50% considering the type of game script they want to use.