It was a rough afternoon Sunday in Atlanta for the Dallas Cowboys. They fell 27-7 to the Falcons and had their three game win streak snapped. Dak Prescott was sacked a Cowboys record high eight times, which we will get to more in the “stock down” portion of this stock report as there is a lot of blame to go around. The Cowboys will host the hated Philadelphia Eagles Sunday night back at AT&T Stadium.
David Irving is a playmaker. The combination of him and Demarcus Lawrence is proving to be a tandem that should keep offensive coordinators up at night game planning on how to stop the two. Irving finished the game with four tackles and two tackles for loss.
Anthony Hitchens led the team in tackles Sunday afternoon with 10. Since returning from injury he has recorded 31 tackles in five games. Hitchens’ biggest hit of the day was on Falcons running back Devonta Freeman early in the first quarter that resulted in Freeman not being able to return. Hitchens’ job gets even tougher with Sean Lee being put on the shelf for at least two games.
Xavier Woods was able to get his hands on his first career NFL interception. On the interception, second year cornerback Anthony Brown was able to tip the ball in the air and Woods was able to run and dive and catch it before it hit the ground. It was impressive because this defense hasn’t showed the ability to get their hands on enough passes over the years in the secondary.
This was an obvious one. Chaz Green was allowed to play long enough to give up four sacks to one guy Sunday. There was a lot of talk heading into the game about Ezekiel Elliott being out, but maybe there should have been more talk about the fact that Tyron Smithwas going to be out. Green single handedly made Adrian Clayborn a lot of money Sunday. With Clayborns six sack day, Clayborn reached eight sacks for the first time in a single season which triggered a $250,000 bonus. Clayborn’s previous high in sacks for a season was 7.5.
Jason Garrett allowed Chaz Green to play nearly the entire game even though he was having an all time bad game. Not only did Garrett leave Green in, he rarely ordered help on that side even though it was very clear early in the game that Green would need it. This is another example of why Garrett may not be the “right kind of guy” to be a head coach of an NFL franchise.
Sean Lee will be sidelined for at least two games with his hamstring injury due to the quick turnaround after Sunday’s game against the Eagles. It is painfully obvious when Sean Lee is not on the field for this defense. Earlier in the season without Lee, the Cowboys lost back to back games with the defense allowing 35 points in each game. The Cowboys are 0-5 in the last 5 games without Lee.
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