The Dallas Cowboys lost another one possession game in Seattle last weekend 38-31 to drop to 1-2 on the season. Dak Prescott became the first Cowboys quarterback ever to throw for 400 yards in back to back games. However, the team wasn’t able to overcome the three turnovers, poor special teams play and untimely penalties. On the other side, Russell Wilson continued his hot start to the season with 315 passing yards and five touchdown passes.
The only good news that came out from this weekend is no one in the NFC East won and none of the teams appear to be very good through three games. The NFC East is 2-9-1 and could easily have zero wins if the Cowboys didn’t complete the miracle comeback against Atlanta and the Washington football team didn’t play the Eagles in week 1.
The Cowboys are hoping to get Tyron Smith (neck) back this weekend when the Cleveland Browns come to down. The news doesn’t sound positive for Pro Bowl right tackle, La’el Collins as surgery has come into the picture as a possibility.
Cedric Wilson and Michael Gallup
Cedric Wilson is a name that Cowboys fans typically hear about every training camp. Sunday was the first time the Wilson hype has paid off on a Sunday in his career. Wilson put up the best game of his young career with five catches for 107 yards and two touchdowns. Coming into the game, Wilson had five catches and 46 yards in his career. I am not sure how much he will play going forward but the Cowboys depth at receiver is in a very good spot.
Michael Gallup is a name that you didn’t hear too much in the first two games. Gallup had five targets in each of the first two games but broke out with six catches, 138 yards and a touchdown on nine targets in Seattle. Gallup has been the best Cowboys receiver in terms of down the field plays through the first three games in 2020.
I am already running out of words for Aldon Smith. His three sack performance Sunday brought his sack total to 4.5 for the season, which puts him as the NFL sack leader. After five years away from playing football, he has been the Cowboys best defender and it hasn’t been close. The Cowboys are still waiting for the rest of the pass rush to come to life.
Trysten Hill received high praise throughout the shortened training camp. Hill appeared to be a better player than he was last season. However, Sunday wasn’t one of his better days.
In 47 snaps, he had one tackle and committed a costly penalty on the Seahawks two point conversion after the game winning touchdown from Russell Wilson to D.K. Metcalf. Hill also made headlines for his “Gator roll” tackle that injured Seattles Chris Carson. Luckily, it looks like Carson will be OK after suffering a mild knee sprain.
I mentioned special teams was a problem on Sunday and a big part of that was kick returner Tony Pollard. He bobbled the ball on a kick return in the first quarter and recovered it at the one inch line. That immediately led to a Cowboys safety which put them behind 9-3. Pollard has really struggled being decisive on kick returns to this point in the season.
Xavier Woods and Darian Thompson
The safety play between Xavier Woods and Darian Thompson has kept the “Earl Thomas to Dallas” conversation going. It is also the reason that Brandon Carr is back with the organization. When you look at Metcalf and Tyler Locketts deep plays on the All-22 film, you can clearly see that there were some communication issues between the two and left them out of position.
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