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Mageors Monday: Cowboys Slow Start, Strong Finish

Cory Mageors
September 23, 2019 - 2:36 pm

The Cowboys started out in control and never let go of this game, as expected. What wasn’t expected was the team to be up 10-6 at halftime.

That being said, the team made the appropriate halftime adjustments and poured it on in the second half and have now started the season 3-0.

Here are some of my observations from Sunday.

Pass Rush

The pass rush got home three times this week, and that was nice to see. You saw pressure from them in the first half, Josh Rosen navigated the pocket rather well at times. But then in the second half you really saw them line make him uncomfortable and get into the backfield.

It’s not as dominant as you want right now, but as health comes back this thing will get even better in their front. That being said….the defense overall only gave up 6 points.

 

Tip Drill

I don’t know what drill we have to run more often, but I want these defensive backs working on being receivers more. It’s laughable the wealth of talent this team actually has and nitpicking at their deficiencies is simply nitpicking.

However, if this team can force more turnovers in the secondary, they are going to be the scariest team in the NFL.

There were multiple opportunities for them to do it, but a tip here and a bounce there kept it from happening. I know these guys can hit, cover and tackle, but let’s add that last element to the squad.

 

Old Man Witten

Jason Witten’s yards after catch have always felt non-existent. Sunday, three catches for 54 yards and he even had a juke move. The biggest complaint about Witten from fans has always been that he catches the ball and falls down.

That’s because nobody is trying to tackle Witten high, everybody tries to tackle his knees because he’s so big. How many times have we seen him with his hand on somebody’s helmet while they are on the ground trying to tackle him. That being said, this week, Witten found space and made picked up some extra yards adding yet another element that is difficult to stop in this offense.

 

Dak and Amari

It’s starting to look easy for these two. They teamed up for 6-88 and two TD’s. Cooper has a TD in every game so far this season, and is averaging 14.9 yards per catch.

I can’t tell who makes it easier for whom, because Cooper is such a winner at running routes and in one on one situations. But Dak is delivering perfect passes to him and reading the routes with ease. Having a duo like this in the offense is going to be a nightmare for defenses the rest of the season.

 

Run baby run!

A total of 228 rushing yards between Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard. Both cracked 100 yards on the ground.

Pollard got the TD, but the effectiveness of the run game was evident.

Elliott had 6.6 yards per carry while Pollard had 7.9, and that doesn’t even include what the two did in the passing game adding a combined 39 yards.

I’m looking forward to the next game for Zeke to se if he can deal efficient damage to the Saints defense too.