Subsequent-level passing , Quinn’s motivation amongst issues discovered in Cowboys Week 10 win

Championship-contending groups just like the Dallas Cowboys have a number of litmus assessments throughout a season. This week they needed to present they have been able to bouncing again from an embarrassing efficiency and a disappointing loss. The Atlanta Falcons got here in profitable three of their final 4 video games. A poor group, using momentum, and trending upwards coming into city. If the Cowboys ignored them like they did the Denver Broncos, then this might have turned November right into a nightmare month for Dallas.

The Cowboys got here in ready, motivated, and took care of enterprise early so they may relaxation starters within the fourth quarter. Ending the sport with Cooper Rush at quarterback, Cory Clement at operating again, Connor McGovern on the offensive line and Sean Mckeon at tight finish was the proper consequence, and now they will transfer on to the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs.

Litmus check video games all the time give groups quite a bit to study, and even in a blowout, the Cowboys gained loads to take with them going ahead for the remainder of the season.

Cowboys offense is not in a hunch

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With six and a half minutes left within the fourth quarter the Cowboys have been down 30-0 to the Denver Broncos. Quarterback Dak Prescott had thrown for below 100 yards, had zero touchdowns and an interception. This left Dallas with one common query. Was this the blueprint on learn how to cease this excessive powered offense? The beginning of a hunch for the Cowboys, or only one fluke efficiency?

It didn’t take lengthy to see it wasn’t gonna be a problem this week. The opening drive noticed Dallas transfer the ball 73 yards on eight performs for a landing, in simply over three minutes. They went two-for-two on third down conversions, and scored a TD on their first red-zone try.

This set the tone for your complete recreation. The Cowboys went on to attain touchdowns on three of their subsequent 4 drives within the first half, breaking the group file for factors scored within the second quarter with 29. They ended up going five-for-five in red-zone conversions and after being 0-4 on fourth down tries final week, they have been an ideal three-for-three in opposition to Atlanta.

Dallas was up 43-3 on the finish of the third quarter and the starters have been ready to sit within the fourth and relaxation. Prescott ended up with slightly below 300 yards passing and three whole touchdowns.

We discovered the offense had one dangerous week and they’re now again on observe going into the ultimate half of the season.

Michael Gallup issues

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There was a battle happening inside Cowboys Nation whether or not the group ought to have “gotten one thing for Gallup” by buying and selling him earlier than he is ready to signal elsewhere within the low season. Dallas had a high offense within the league with Cedrick Wilson taking part in whereas Gallup nursed a calf damage for 2 months.

How a lot better may the offense be with him in the event that they have been as excessive as No. 1 with out him? The reply, a complete lot higher.

Gallup is a former 1,000 yard man, who has been an excellent second receiver on this group for the final two seasons. Simply final 12 months, in a season the place the Cowboys had 4 totally different beginning quarterbacks, Gallup put up 843 yards and 5 touchdowns. Wilson in his profession has 515 yards and 5 scores in 30 video games. Gallup is simply extra of a risk on the sector, and the additional care defensive coordinators need to put into protecting him opens up the offense even additional.

Gallup is the group’s greatest deep risk, forcing opponents to play corners again, or safeties excessive. That impacts the run recreation and quick passing recreation. He additionally goes up and will get the ball higher then some other move catcher on the group. It permits Dallas to offer Gallup probabilities in one-on-one protection within the red-zone on fade routes or again shoulder fades.

Gallup being the groups X-receiver, who performs on the road of scrimmage, permits Amari Cooper to play the place he’s extra impactful, off the road primarily because the Z-receiver. This makes him harder to press, and permits his superior route operating to assault defenders lined up throughout from him. Cooper will play the slot some as properly, however that spot turns into a nightmare match up for CeeDee Lamb.

Within the seven video games Lamb has performed with Cooper, Gallup, and Prescott, he has by no means had lower than 5 receptions for 59 yards in a recreation. He has totaled 42 receptions for 631 yards and 5 scores in that state of affairs. That brings his common in a 17-game season to 102 grabs, for 1,532 yards and 12 touchdowns. When Lamb will get to match up with slot corners, linebackers, and safeties, he averages All-Professional stage numbers. That’s the distinction the passing recreation can have when Gallup is within the line up, it isn’t nearly him, however what he permits the entire offense to do.

Cowboys protection performs for Dan Quinn

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Quinn had further motivation going into to this weeks recreation. He was the top coach of the Atlanta Falcons from 2015 by means of 2020, main them to a Tremendous Bowl look in 2016. Any time somebody is fired by a group, they’re gonna wanna stick it to them, particularly the primary time they play after the separation.

The Cowboys performed their greatest recreation of the 12 months defensively in opposition to Quinn’s former group. It was doubtless their greatest defensive efficiency during the last a number of years.

Add within the protection was down what may have been their full beginning line of defense to begin the season. They have been with out Demarcus Lawrence, Randy Gregory, Neville Gallimore, and Brent City, so the group was gonna want their secondary to step up.

The Falcons may solely muster a complete of 111 passing yards, 3.8 yards per move. They mixed to go 1 for 13 on third and fourth down conversions, and picked up solely 11 first downs on their 12 drives. Trevon Diggs, Anthony Brown, and Jourdan Lewis all intercepted passes within the recreation and the Falcons solely rating was the three factors they acquired on the opening drive.

The Cowboys protection dominated their competitors, and earned their coordinator the sport ball to the pure pleasure of your complete group. They knew what this recreation meant to Quinn, they usually performed very properly motivated by their coach. This protection confirmed up for him, and that may assist to construct their bond going ahead.

Conclusion

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The Cowboys have been coming off a humiliating dwelling loss, about to play three video games in 11 days, and coping with a myriad of accidents to a few of their most essential gamers. The division may be dangerous behind Dallas, however the group nonetheless hasn’t mathematically clinched it and even once they do, playoff seeding continues to be in query. The group wanted to make an announcement in opposition to a beneath common group at dwelling, coming off a blowout loss, they usually did simply that. Now they’re headed into two powerful video games in opposition to AFC West opponents, the Cowboys might want to attempt to carry this momentum ahead by means of Thanksgiving and past.

You’ll find Mike Crum on Twitter @cdpiglet or at Youtube on the Throughout the Cowboys Podcast.

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