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On the Bills’ second drive, after a really impressive run by LeSean McCoy, he came out for Mike Tolbert. The Bills decided Tolbert needed to get back to back carries and then also play on third down. Predictably, the drive stalled.
The Redskins scored pretty quickly to give Russell Wilson 59 seconds to get in field goal range. I’m sure they saw what Wilson did against the Texans? Nevertheless, Wilson took the Stafford of all Staffords (Stafford = sack to push your team out of field goal range) to lose the game.
When did the Broncos become one of the worst teams in the league? I get that starting Brock Osweiler is an embarrassment, but they gave up 51 points. That’s not entirely on Brock.
Somehow, two teams scored 51 points this week. The Rams continue to be the best offense in football. Jared Goff completed just 14 passes, yet threw for 311 yards. The Giants might be the worst team in the NFL.
I wonder what Mike McCarthy actually does. Because game plan for a QB that isn’t Aaron Rodgers clearly isn’t one of them. At least he knew enough to go for it on 4th and 2 from just about midfield midway through the third quarter. The play call was awful, but the decision was correct.
Tony Romo calling the Cowboys game was great. His knowledge of his former team made the game so much more enjoyable to watch.
The Cowboys’ offensive game plan to open the game was absolute garbage. Can’t just go run-run-throw on every set of downs and expect to beat anyone in the NFL. The Chiefs opening sets of downs were just as bad. Just funnel Kareem Hunt and take Tyreek Hill off the field. It was brilliant. Both teams moved the ball so well early on. Tyreek was in and out of the game just about every snap. It was rare he played more than two or three consecutive plays. The Chiefs just have no real desire to get him the ball. Just once it would be nice if the Chiefs ran a bubble screen or just drew up quick strike plays to get Tyreek the ball. But they don’t care about scoring points. Tyreek saw one target the entire first half. The Chiefs scored three points.
Dak Prescott’s scamper for six before the half was huge. If he gets shoestring tackled on that play, I’m not so sure the Cowboys get Mike Nugent on the field fast enough. My favorite part of that drive was Jason Garrett not curling into a ball up 7-3 with 3rd and 15 from his own 13. There was nothing to be gained from just running the ball. The Chiefs ran a truly horrendous offense in the first half and somehow Tyreek Hill made magic happen because he’s incredible and needs the ball. As a Cowboys fan and a huge Tyreek fan, I have no idea how to feel about that play. In the second half, Andy Reid again made no effort to get Tyreek the ball. It’s become so apparent that Reid is failing at his job when it comes to Tyreek that even the Rotoworld blurb on Tyreek called out Reid for not targeting Tyreek more.
After the Cowboys appeared to lose all momentum, Dak executed a beautiful drive to retake the lead in the third quarter. He just never gets rattled. The fact that Terrance Williams and Dez Bryant may be hurt doesn’t even faze me as a Cowboys fan. Dak doesn’t need receivers.
Terrance Williams’ first down catch to effectively seal the game where he went down on purpose was excellent given how he failed last year to get out of bounds when he needed to.
The Cowboys essentially held the Chiefs to 10 points. This defense is constantly improving. It’s by no means elite, but it’s certainly good enough to make a run with. The Cowboys have a lot of young players on defense who are all getting better as the season progresses.
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