The Dallas Cowboys played their best game of the season last week when they beat down the Jacksonville Jaguars. Despite how they won, though, it was their third win at home after losing three games on the road.
Something has to change if the Cowboys are going to turn the corner this season. An 8-8 year was not the goal for this team and the talent is there for them to make the playoffs, especially when winning the NFC East is very attainable.
The win over the Jags was great, but it was only one game. It’s what the Cowboys do now that’s important. Dallas seemed to find their groove last Sunday, Dak Prescott found his rhythm by using his legs to set up the passing game, something he seems to do more of when he plays at home. Prescott also found his go-to wide receiver in Cole Beasley. It took six weeks, but Beasley is clearly the number one receiver for this team.
Ezekiel Elliott ran hard to go over 100 yards rushing against one of the better defenses in the league. The offensive line did a heck of a job paving the way for Elliott and gave Dak time to find open receivers down the field.
Getting ahead on the scoreboard allowed the defense to attack. With David Irving and Maliek Collins back in the fold, the Cowboys’ pass rush is downright scary. The defense wants to pin their ears back, attack the quarterback and create turnovers.
It all came together against the Jaguars. None of what the Cowboys did cannot be repeated.
However, what happens now? How do the Cowboys react when teams continue to scheme to take Beasley out of the game? It was the first time all season the Cowboys had a receiver go over 100 yards, defenses will now adjust to Dak throwing to Beasley, starting with the Washington Redskins this weekend. How will the Cowboys adjust when defenses take away Prescott’s legs?
Teams will adjust to what Dallas did well against the Jags, now comes the hard part, continuing to succeed when teams are scheming to stop you. The Cowboys have done things well at home, but going on the road has been a challenge. If they want to be a playoff team, they need to figure things out on the road.
The Cowboys have a real chance to build some momentum; if they can beat the Redskins, they can go into the bye week on a two-game win streak. They then get the Tennessee Titans at home coming off their bye and should have a three-game winning streak heading into a huge game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
It started with the win over the Jaguars, but it’s what the Cowboys do now that will define their season.
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