ARLINGTON, Texas — There is a good probability the Dallas Cowboys will not have the ability to sit down tonight, or a minimum of not till they take a second to take away the Denver Broncos hoof from their hind elements. In a recreation that noticed the previous enter as sizable favorites — fueled largely by the return of two-time Professional Bowl quarterback Dak Prescott — it was the latter who held court docket, bullying the Cowboys on their very own area en path to a 30-16 victory that was solely made to look shut with meaningless late-game touchdowns.
Nearly everything that could go wrong for the Cowboys, did, and in all three phases of the sport. Prescott, who walked into Week 9 as a entrance runner for MVP but additionally getting back from a calf pressure, was a shell of his common prolific self. He completed having accomplished solely 19 of his 39 go makes an attempt and once more, most of his 232 yards and each of his two touchdowns arrived when the Broncos had been up massive (30-0 at one level) and commenced to melt their protection.
Prescott additionally had a important interception that helped seal the win for the Broncos within the second half, however when he did make the throws, his receivers weren’t as surehanded as they need to’ve been. A key drop from working again Tony Pollard stalled a pivotal drive within the first half, and one from each Amari Cooper and CeeDee Lamb within the second half solely made issues worse. After which there was the protection, which was mauled on the bottom to the tune of a mixed 192 speeding yards whereas additionally permitting Teddy Bridgewater to increase drives and, at one level, log an ideal passer score.
However wait, there’s extra, as a result of though wideout Malik Turner had a blocked punt early within the third quarter that will’ve given the Cowboys the ball within the pink zone, it was awarded to the Broncos as a result of the Cowboys touched the ball behind the road of scrimmage after it was tipped, and Denver recovered.
Murphy’s regulation is an actual factor, it appears.
Way more went flawed than went proper for the Cowboys, and regardless of valiant efforts from gamers like Turner and Micah Parsons (the latter having racked up 2.5 sacks and 10 mixed tackles — eight solo), it was all an excessive amount of for the Cowboys to beat. And similar to that, the 6-1 powerhouse was humbled on its solution to 6-2, and Prescott is not working from the lumps. He is taking them head on, and he needs to make use of this as a educating second for a crew with Super Bowl aspirations.
“We obtained beat,” Prescott instructed media following the upset. “We obtained thumped in each side of the sport, particularly on offense. Did not get it going. I imply, we scored a few touchdowns there at a late time, however by no means obtained going.
“I missed some throws. We did not throw or catch the ball as we usually do. It wasn’t our greatest efficiency by any means, clearly our worst of the 12 months. Credit score to these guys.
“I imply, it is the NFL. These guys receives a commission to do that and play at a excessive degree. They got here in right here and had been extra ready for this recreation and did an important job, did higher than what we did. Simply beat us, plain and easy.”
The Cowboys had been aggressive early, shifting the ball simply on their first two offensive drives however failing to transform on two consecutive fourth-and-1 conditions, and at one level that they had transformed solely certainly one of seven third-down makes an attempt. That was principally the story of the sport when contemplating the Broncos completed with eight third-down conversions in 15 makes an attempt (53%), as a result of that created a wildly lopsided win within the battle for time of possession, with the Broncos successful that battle mightily — having the ball for greater than 41 minutes out of 60.
With solely 18 minutes and 48 seconds of possession, the Cowboys would’ve needed to be deadly with each contact to beat such a deficit, however they had been the polar reverse.
“Undoubtedly shocked,” stated Prescott. “Like I stated, they whooped us in each side. They beat us. That is not one thing you ever take into consideration or each envision taking place.
“Nevertheless it’s one thing we’ll study from and we’ll study from each side of it — offense, protection, particular groups, situationally. We have simply obtained to be higher. We have to play a cleaner recreation.”
As famous through the recreation by CBS Sports’ live analysis, the Cowboys appeared out of types in what was certainly one of their uncommon early video games whereas the Broncos, who play them fairly a bit, had been off to the races from starting to finish. Prescott and the Cowboys as a complete by no means discovered their momentum, as in to say they by no means really wakened, or a minimum of not till it had no influence on the end result of the sport.
“We have to start out sooner in a midday recreation like this,” Prescott stated. “They did a greater job at it. They obtained on us and obtained on us quick. We had been enjoying from behind and we weren’t in a position to do something.”
The 27-year-old made it clear his calf had nothing to do with what occurred on Sunday afternoon, together with when he opted to forego working for first down when it was obtainable and as a substitute heaving it downfield to Lamb for an eventual incompletion.
“[My calf] held up tremendous,” he stated. “It was nice. I imply, I did a whole lot of shifting, did a whole lot of scrambling there — getting exterior of the pocket, no points. I did not really feel it. I am tremendous.”
That is the excellent news, and the Cowboys will want to ensure all the rust is gone when the Atlanta Falcons — a crew that defeated the New Orleans Saints within the Superdome in Week 9 — comes trotting onto the sector at AT&T Stadium in seven days. The very last thing the Cowboys want is their first two-game shedding streak of the season, and Prescott does not sound like a person prepared to get beat down two weeks in a row; and at residence, no much less.
“This sense sucks, and [we’ll] be sure that we do not really feel this once more.”
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