As pieces slowly come together, Cowboys are finding a different dynamic to follow on offense – David Moore, The Dallas Morning News
Could this offense be the key ingredient to a deep playoff run?
One of the team’s top receivers was traded eight months ago and another was injured earlier in the season.
The Pro Bowl’s left tackle was down before the opener, the quarterback was down on opening night, and the running back missed the first few games of his career through injury.
The circumstances were not suitable for a quick offensive start by the Cowboys. But with key players returning and Dak Prescott preparing for his fifth straight start since returning from a broken thumb, this group is making significant progress.
Dallas is averaging 35.2 points, 412.7 yards and has converted 55.7% of his third down chances in the four games leading up to the Thanksgiving Day matchup with the New York Giants.
“We’ve done some good things over the past few weeks,” said Pro Bowl guard Zack Martin. “I think there is one more level that we can reach and unlike maybe in previous years, I think we are primed to peak at the perfect time.
“There is still work to be done, but I am confident that the offensive can take further steps.”
A Deep Look at How the Cowboys Destroyed the Vikings – Tony Stahl, Inside The Star
If Dallas can even come close to reaching Week 11 levels, they will have a tough game in the postseason.
While we’re still absolutely thrilled from last week’s dominant win over the Minnesota Vikings, it’s a good idea to take a look at what happened during the game that led to this type of loss.
I’m also happy to say that offensive coordinator Kellen Moore had some damn good plays on Sunday. It was very satisfying to see the offense finally looking the way it should. With so much talent in the team, it’s good to know that we can perform at this level if we strive to make good plays and figure out how to get around the opposing team’s defences.
Yo, what happened? Quarterback Dak Prescott left Sunday with amazing stats of 22/25 passes completed and 276 total yards. With two touchdowns, it’s amazing to see him play like this. I understand a QB can’t do this well “every” week, but I’m glad he had a good day, especially in a critical game like this.
Where to start Only three points were allowed for a team that averaged 25 points per game this season. I have to give our cornerbacks a lot of credit for allowing quarterback Kirk Cousins for just 105 yards this game, which is the fewest yards he’s had this season.
Pollard Named NFC Offensive Player of the Week – Nick Eatman, DallasCowboys.com
After the show he hosted last week, was there any doubt?
Even without starting the game last week, Tony Pollard earned him the NFC’s top honor for attacking players.
With his 80 rushing yards combined with 109 receiving yards and two touchdown catches against Minnesota, Pollard was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week Wednesday morning.
It’s the first weekly honor of Pollard’s career and she appeared in a backup role when Ezekiel Elliott returned to the starting lineup. Still, the Cowboys have made Pollard a huge priority on offense, which was evident in the team’s 40-3 win over the Vikings.
In the last three games, Pollard has rushed for 131 yards and three touchdowns against the Bears, followed by 115 yards and a point total in Green Bay and then the big day in Minnesota, where Pollard became only the second running back in Cowboys history to draw two TD receptions and more than 100 reception courtyards in the same game.
Dallas Cowboys vs. New York Giants: Week 12 Know Your Enemy – Terence Watson, The Landry Hat
America’s team needs to win Thanksgiving to stay within striking distance of the Eagles for the division title.
The Dallas Cowboys pull off one of the most dominant wins in the NFL this season, but they don’t have time to celebrate as they take on their NFC East rival in the New York Giants on Thanksgiving Day.
When those two teams went head-to-head earlier this season, the Cowboys had backup quarterback Cooper Rush down the middle. This week, however, Dak Prescott is back and looking very well in his third game after a broken thumb. That means the Giants will have a different offensive style to defend this Thursday.
The road to the Thanksgiving Day matchup against the Dallas Cowboys will not be easy for this Giants offensive. They’re battered down the offensive line and also at wide receiver, which will make things even more difficult for quarterback Daniel Jones and running back Saquon Barkley. You also have to consider the confidence boost these Cowboys’ defense will have after holding the Minnesota Vikings’ explosive offense to just three points.
To combat the Cowboys’ effective pass rush, the Giants need to be able to play football effectively early on to try to slow the Cowboys down. That means not only does Barkley need to have a strong game, but his replacement Matt Breida (and Daniel Jones) need to use their legs effectively as well. If they are unable to get ground play going, the Giants’ effective screen-passing play must be their next opportunity to engage the aggressive Cowboys attack.
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