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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I thought Matt Moore was an upgrade on Jay Cutler. I was wrong. Moore threw two touchdowns on Thursday. Neither of them went to a Dolphin.
Mike Zimmer is so smart. He decided to waste the entire first quarter running Latavius Murray into the backs of offensive lineman. Shockingly, as Jerick McKinnon’s snaps increased in the second quarter, so did the offense’s ability to move the ball. McKinnon started the second half.
Greg Gumble apparently was able to secure a job commentating NFL games without knowing the rules. On the Browns final drive of the first half, he kept insisting they get ready to manage the clock with either a timeout or a quick snap after a play that also had a Vikings penalty, not understanding that under 2:00 the clock always stops on a penalty and does not start again until the ball is snapped. Continuing with the incompetence, after the Browns first and goal play, the Vikings did not call timeout with over a minute left because why would you want to have time to score when you could instead not have time to score?
Anthony Lynn didn’t call timeout on the front side of the two minute warning, which cost his team about 15 seconds. They probably could’ve used those 15 seconds.
Seattle is the worst coached team in the league. How Eddie Lacy still gets carries is a true mystery of the universe. They killed so many of their own drives by running the ball despite the fact that they know they can’t.
Deshaun Watson is legit. I wanted to see him do it against not a bottom five defense. He still made a couple bonehead decisions and can’t read a defense, but I have to hand it to him. He’s an NFL QB and a good one at that. I was dead wrong on him. I overrated how much his poor throw velocity mattered. He’s just a playmaker and I can’t and won’t try and take that away from him.
Pete Carroll correctly did not use a timeout with 2:45 left in the fourth quarter. He was rewarded. It is time for Seattle to just unleash Russell Wilson…as in every week. They rushed the ball, not counting Russell Wilson, 17 times for THREE yards. Russ threw for 452 yards. I think it’s pretty clear how the games need to be won.
Jim Caldwell went for it on fourth down once and it didn’t work. So that means he can’t do it again apparently. It’s a numbers and a situation thing. Both situations called for going for it. Can’t do it just once.
Andy Reid must have this thing where he’s not allowed to give the ball to Tyreek Hill in the first quarter. For some reason, Reid just ignores Tyreek early on. When he did involve Tyreek, it was just for him to throw a pick. Yes, I lost a fantasy matchup by less .06 because of this. Watching Chiefs games has become a weekly exercise in frustration at Tyreek’s usage. The man single handedly beat Denver on the road last year in their first matchup, but he can’t get a carry? Why is he a decoy every time?
Jason Garrett is getting better. He’s been going for it much more on fourth and short and he did it again on 4th and 1 near midfield in the first quarter.
The Cowboys shot themselves in the foot for most of the first half with penalties. I have no idea how they were leading at the half with the way they played. Tyrone Crawford’s blocked field goal changed the entire game. Instead of the Redskins leading by two scores at the half, they trailed by a point. It was eerily similar to Tashard Choice’s last second fumble when the Cowboys played the Redskins back in 2010, except in the other direction.
I loved the blitz the Cowboys dialed up on the Redskins’ first drive of the second half that forced the fumble on Kirk Cousins. DeMarcus Lawrence has been phenomenal this year. The Cowboys have found a pass rush.
The Cowboys defense won this game. The offense was able to move the ball well, but had far too many stall outs in the red zone. They have to finish more drives and not let better teams hang around. It almost came back to bite them. Luckily, Mike Nugent was able to bounce back after missing his first field goal as a Cowboy and hit the rest of them. I still think not having Dan Bailey is going to cost the Cowboys a game at some point, which, given their schedule, could be the difference between making and missing the playoffs.
For the gamblers out there, Byron Jones’ late fourth quarter pick of Kirk Cousins ended the game. He didn’t have to bring it back. But he did. And it send the game over the total.
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