I waited until today to post the Dallas-Atlanta recap, simply because I am still not sure what I witnessed yesterday. The game itself comprised some of the worst football I have seen since the late 1980’s. However, later in the game the offense was just terrific in executing the play calling. As great as the Cowboys were able to close the game out on Sunday, next Sunday Dallas takes on the Seattle Seahawks.
Dallas must hold on to the football, four fumbles in the first quarter will cause you to trail by a huge margin. Meanwhile, the first half play calling was as predictable as last week, and more aggressive play calls are going to be needed over the next few weeks. As bad as the offense was early in the game, a dramatic turnaround was able to save the Cowboys against the Falcons.
Another area of concern is the defense not being able to rush the opposing quarterback and cause mistakes. When a defensive line has Everson Griffen, Aldon Smith, and Demarcus Lawrence putting pressure on the quarterback is expected. Getting a pass rush to pressure Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson will be key to having an opportunity to win the game.
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The Dallas secondary must improve the defense against the pass. Trevon Diggs, Jourdan Lewis, and Chidobe Awusie were embarrassed at times against the Atlanta Falcons wide receivers. Russell Wilson has been on absolute tear the past two games, so defensive coordinator Mike Nolan has his work cut out for him. The Dallas-Seattle game has the makings of becoming another shootout this weekend.
The positives from the Atlanta game are numerous. Dallas after getting behind was able to push the offensive tempo and become more much more aggressive. Quarterback Dak Prescott excelled in the accelerated tempo and passed for 450 yards. Prescott used his legs to rush for three touchdowns. Dallas was able to accomplish this achievement without Tyron Smith being in the lineup. Rookie wide receiver CeeDee Lamb was able to rack up over 100 yards receiving and flashed just a small amount of the potential that Dallas was anxious to see.
Dallas has areas on the offensive and defensive sides of the ball to hammer out. The bottom line is the game could get very ugly if Dallas continues to put the ball on the ground. Defensively Dallas needs to start forcing turnovers. The defensive line causing pressure for the opposing quarterbacks must start to happen. The Cowboys have a great deal to hammer out before Sunday.