You may know Jason Katz from his published football work on sites like FantasyPros. You may also know him as a member of our Handicapping Group. You may also know him, or will get to know him as a die-hard Dallas Cowboys' fan.
I asked Jason to follow the Cowboys for us all year...for fandom and fantasy. I did so, because he's convinced, like most fan(atic)s that thinking something good will happen will jinx it to not make it so. I have a different theory -- when I see a jinx potential, I pour it on to reverse the jinx. I see a jinx and yell 'this is a jinx' just to spit in the face of the jinx. The Dallas Cowboys are going to win the Super Bowl this season, and I am not a biased fan...and the more I say it...the more it's likely to come true...and the more l say it...the more likely Jason loses sleep and hair follicles.
Jason is a talented young writer, so please enjoy him manically following the 'Boys...but also sharing fantasy ideas, as his blood runs FFM green and CFM crimson.
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Why did Pete Carroll not call a timeout with 52 seconds on the Cardinals’ 4th and 9 attempt from the 38 yard line? Did he not want to ensure that Russell Wilson was in the best possible position to get some points should the Cardinals not convert?
Bruce Arians punting with just over three minutes left in the third quarter on 4th and 2 from just past midfield was beyond unacceptable. He’s such an awful coach. He had us all fooled for years, but no competent coach would run Adrian Peterson 21 times for 29 yards when it was so clearly not working all game.
I have no idea what Russell Wilson does, but it’s incredible.
The Cardinals are such an awful team. The lack of urgency on their mid fourth quarter drive down two scores was astounding. Multiple times with a running clock, the play clock nearly reached zero.
John Fox challenged a Benny Cunningham play that was clearly not a touchdown. He was ruled out at the two. Play was reversed to a touchback in a truly mind-bending display of poor coaching. John Fox is the new Jeff Fisher.
Hue Jackson ran the ball with 12 seconds left and no timeouts before the end of the first half. Predictably, the Browns failed to get the field goal unit on in time.
Blake Bortles can’t be in the NFL. The Chargers just ran the ball three times and made no effort to actually end the game themselves. Anthony Lynn called a timeout with 3:17 left in overtime to “ice” Josh Lambo. I guess he didn’t care about possibly giving Philip Rivers as much time as possible. It was a moot point as Lambo drilled the game winner. After a few successful outings, #chargersthings were back in full force last Sunday.
Rob Gronkowski caught that pass in the second quarter. It was a bad job by Bill Belichick not challenging it once the play clock was running down. If you’re going to burn a timeout, you might as well challenge. The fact that he ultimately lost the challenge is immaterial.
I have no idea how the Broncos can defend punting on 4th and 6 from near midfield down 18 points late third quarter. But Vance Joseph is awful at his job. So there’s that. Also they’ve probably just given up on the season. Intentionally starting Brock Osweiler is tantamount to waving the white flag.
Jay Cutler went full Cutler right before the half. His interception to Luke Kuechly was a masterpiece of poor QB play. The Dolphins had the ball down 10-7 at their own 20 with 47 seconds left and all three timeouts. Yet, somehow they ended up down 17-7 at the half.
Chaz Green is a turnstile at left tackle. Actually, he’s not even a turnstile. I’ve walked through turnstiles. Presumably so have you. I think it’s fair to say turnstiles at least put up some resistance. Green might as well have not even been on the field. He might be the worst offensive lineman in the NFL. The Cowboys really missed Tyron Smith. Far more than Zeke. That’s why the Cowboys lost this game. It wasn’t a lack of Zeke. Dak was getting hit all game and almost exclusively from the left side. Adrian Clayborn had six sacks alone. I can only surmise as to how many more sacks a less mobile QB would have taken.
I loved the fake punt call. You can’t punt from the opposing team’s 37 yard line. It’s unfortunate that Brice Butler pushed off because it was a great play.
Jason Garrett smartly called timeouts at the end of the first half. That’s something he didn’t do earlier in his tenure. That’s about the last time the Cowboys did anything positive. This was a very painful game to watch. It’s abundantly clear that Tyron Smith is critical to the Cowboys’ success. I have no confidence in this team next week against Philly if Tyron can’t play. Something tells me he will be active, even if he’s at less than 100%. 10% of Tyron is better than 200% of Green.
As for the Cowboys running game. None of these guys are fantasy relevant. The Cowboys entire offense is largely an abyss outside of Dak until Zeke returns week 16. Dez Bryant will always have value, but he’s more WR3 than anything else. Dak is a must start weekly and no one else really matters.
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