Once again, it’s all good in the “Big D” because the Dallas Cowboys beat the Minnesota Vikings 40-3 in an NFC showdown that was lopsided. CBS changed to another competitive game to the dismay of many Cowboys fans.
But after losing an overtime game to the former Green Bay Packers 3-6 the week before, the Cowboys needed a rebounding game, not only to stay competitive in the NFC, but to show the entire league that they’re competitive.
The Cowboys were less than 3 points (1.5) to beat the Vikings on the road. This was an 8-1 Vikings team that won seven straight games and just beat Super Bowl favorites Buffalo Bills in overtime.
Anyone can say that he predicted 37 wiping Vikings on their home ground belonging to the divination trade because no one on record predicted an explosion. Not even Vegas could go this far with Kirk Cousins as the quarterback. What’s so compelling about the Cowboys beating the Vikings and losing to the Packers is how different the Cowboys look.
There are two versions of the Dallas Cowboys game that will define the success of this team.
As the Dallas Cowboys gear up for their annual primetime Thanksgiving game against the New York Giants today, this team can take pleasure in knowing they own a 7-3 record, are poised to play the best part of their schedule, and have won four games with backup quarterback Cooper. Rush), and control their fate.
Best version: The Dallas Cowboys dominate both sides of the ball
Dallas is in control of their fate with a warning label because we’ve seen the best of this team along with the worst of this team all in the same season.
A dominant and convincing win over the Vikings is the rival version of the Super Bowl. This is a team that can beat any opponent they line up against. No matter what the pundits say now, Dallas has whipped up a really good Vikings team that has playmakers on both sides of the ball.
First, when Dallas commits to running the ball, they win. a period. Against the Vikings, Dallas ran the ball 40 times for 151 yards and two touchdowns. Running the ball unlocks the play pass and Dak Prescott is the better quarterback. Hence, this is why Dak completed 22 of 25 passes for 276 yards, two touchdowns, completed 88 percent of his passes, and had a QB rating of 139.3 and a QBR of 93.3. quality!
Dallas’ ability to control the running game allowed Duck to spread the ball to eight different receivers and light up a Vikings defense that ranked high in the league in takeaways and interceptions. When Dallas remains committed to its running game, everything slows down and the offensive line destroys its opponents. If you need proof, just watch the highlights of Terrance Steele and company who impersonate a herd of elephants pelting Viking men like ragdolls.
Oh man… I thought I was watching an episode of When Animals Attack on the Discovery Channel
In all seven of Dallas’ wins, they have rushed for over 100 yards except once (against the Washington Chiefs) and scored at least one touchdown. Relying on the run game and playing the pass move is the main reason Rush has been able to win four straight games as the backup quarterback. It took Duck to get injured for the coaching staff to discover she had a dynamic running game.
It is no coincidence that the Dallas offense has scored 141 points since Duck returned and its identity has changed to the first offense. Dallas’ offense averages over 30 points a game and will improve once James Washington joins the lineup. And if Dallas signs Odell Beckham, the rest is history because this offense can become a lethal force that makes PlayStation like numbers. This is what happens as an initial step.
Oh man…you better ask someone.
Another element of this version of the Dallas offense is how it uses tight final sets or three sets. Of Dallas’ 17 touchdowns since the Duck’s return, 11 of those touchdowns were from 12 singles. 12 singles when the offense has two tight ends in the lineup, and 13 singles when the offense employs three tight ends. Well, Dallas uses both and is at his best in this configuration.
The fact that rookie tight ends, Jake Ferguson and Tyler Hendershot, are really good pass catchers who both love blocking, makes the Dallas offense not only physical but horrifically intimidating. This is because the offense can run on or off the 12 and defeat its opponents. Oh, did I mention how this blast unlocks Tony Pollard, the true “X-factor” of this crime.
As a result of a legitimate scoring running game, opposing offenses lag and lag like crazy, falling into the Venus Fly trap of Dallas. Known as the fierce “Fathers of War”. WATCH LAST GAME: Seven sacks on poor Kirk Cousins and now leads the league with 42.
A great point-giving running game backed by a miserly defense is the blueprint for postseason success.
Sidenote: For all the mistakes Dallas made in the Packers’ loss, they’re still up 28-14. With the defense going, that match also had explosive effects. It’s really scary how serious this crime can be on any given Sunday, and this is without Amari Cooper and Cedric Wilson. Fabulous!
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We’ve seen this edition against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Philadelphia Eagles, and Green Bay Packers. However, the Eagles game was different due to Rush’s three interceptions, and the offense was derailed and quickly down 20-0 – unable to stick to the script that won them four straight games.
In a loss to the Bucks and Packers, Dallas offensive coordinator Kellen Moore pulled away from the running game and went hitting heavy, an unwanted hit that injured Duck and the offense only scored three points. The disappointing factor was that Dallas averaged over five and five yards but pulled away from it – a positive that could have given them a great opportunity to upset a team led by Tom Brady.
The same carbon copy incident happened at Lambeau Field against the Packers. Dallas continued the running game, but Duck threw it 46 times and his interception set up a 14-point score that would ultimately seal Dallas’ fate against his longtime foe.
No matter what level of football you watch, passing the ball more than 40 times is not a recipe for success. Teams win sometimes but lose more than once. Sure, there are times when a quarterback has to play penalties, and it’s nice to know Duck can win/play this game too, when the opportunity presents itself.
But unless something unforeseen happens in a game, the Dallas offensive brain trust should stay away from this version at all costs. Especially with pass protection being suspect. It’s decent, but far from elite.
The Dallas Cowboys are riding high on one of the best wins in franchise history with a 37-point victory over the Vikings. It is the most lopsided road win in franchise history. This speaks volumes for this storied franchise that has plenty of iconic wins.
The Dallas Cowboys have shown different versions of who they are, who they aspire to be, and what they could never be. The first release – or the last one we saw on Sunday – is the one that’s out there and it aspires to be even better. The three losers are the team they cannot be under any circumstances.
The two versions are so different that if Dallas goes with the latter, they know they are going down the rabbit hole without oxygen to revive them or their season. Ironically, Duck’s injury was a blessing in disguise as Dallas became the first offense in his absence and discovered that this should be their new identity moving forward.
Running the ball more, Pollard became the wildcard due to his versatility and passing ability. In other words, Pollard has put extra pressure on defenses because they have to focus on stopping him and Zeke and defending him as a receiving threat. But all of this is generated from the running game now, do you see all the luxuries that cause this crime?
In Charles Dickens’ classic, A Tale of Two Cities, the story focuses on duality, revolution, and resurrection in the best of times and the worst of times in London and Paris. The Dallas Cowboys have tried both: Duality means either running or passing first offense, Revolution is Rush winning four straight games, and Resurrection is Duck continuing to lead this team to wins and a deep playoff run.
But that only happens if the Dallas Cowboys stick to their best version of themselves.