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.
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With the Cowboys playing a 1:00 game, I was watching a lot of that so I wasn’t able to spot much of note from the other games. This week’s report will be a little shorter as it will be Cowboys focused.
The first quarter of the Saints Dolphins game was really interesting – each team possessed the ball exactly once. There were no punts and no points. Another thing of note is that perhaps Sean Payton is starting to figure out that Adrian Peterson is no longer good at football. He played just two snaps in the entire first quarter and blocked both times. Well, that was what I thought as I was watching it happen. True to form, Payton discarded the Saints entire final drive of the first half by giving AP two carries on consecutive plays to kill the drive. He predictably went nowhere. Wait, I lied. Nowhere would’ve been more productive than what Peterson did. He went backwards. AP played six snaps the entire game. That’s six too many.
Alex Smith’s scamper on the Chiefs’ final drive of the first half was great innovation, but not going out of bounds is unacceptable. It must be Andy Reid’s only flaw rubbing off on him. They ended up with a field goal anyway.
Even after Josh Norman departed, Tyreek Hill might as well have not even been in the game. Not only did Alex Smith barely target him, he wouldn’t even look in his direction after the snap. Tyreek was purely a decoy. He didn’t even see a carry. But at least he was on the field most of the game, which is more than we can say about Jordan Reed. I’m a couple weeks away from declaring Reed droppable. He played all of 14 snaps despite looking completely healthy. I’m going to assume, for now, that he wasn’t healthy and expect a full complement of snaps post bye. If that doesn’t happen, he gone.
The Cowboys went for it on 4th and 1 late in the first quarter. It was the right call and at that point, I was feeling great about this game. As it turns out, the Cowboys defense is a special kind of bad. They just had no answer for Todd Gurley. He had over 200 yards of offense and touched the ball 30 times. The Cowboys made Gurley look like the best RB in the league. This was a huge step backwards for the defense. I respect the Rams and I think they’re going to win the NFC West, but this is a game in Dallas that the Cowboys simply are not allowed to lose.
Sean McVay has done a tremendous job, but even he blundered in kicking the extra point to go up two instead of three on their third quarter go ahead touchdown. Ultimately, it didn’t matter as the Cowboys were unable to muster a final touchdown drive.
Dez Bryant played with more fire in this one, but he still had at least one bad drop. I don’t know what to do with him. The talent is still there if he ever chooses to use it. Dak Prescott played a good, not great game. He hid the fact that the offensive line really struggled. Dak made some incredible plays to evade tacklers, but the line has to do a better job protecting him. I’m not worried at all about him despite the loss.
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