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Quick Thoughts: Week 2, Philadelphia Eagles

If we though last weeks game was the definition of ugly the Dallas Cowboys one upped themselves in their Week 2 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles. Penalties kept the Cowboys from pulling away with the offensive line being the biggest culprit. To make matters worse Tony Romo suffered a fracture to his left clavicle. But, at the end of the day a win is a win. The Cowboys simply need to find a way to weather the storm until their stars return to action.

Turning Point

While the Cowboys limited the Eagles to negative 3 rushing yards and under 7 minutes time of possession in the first half it was only 6-0 as the teams headed to the locker rooms. Coming out for the second half the Cowboys defense held strong once again forcing a quick punt from the Eagles. Eagles punter Donnie Jones had his attempt blocked and Kyle Wilber returned the loose ball 26 yards for the touchdown and a 13-0 lead.

Three Stars

Third Star: Tyler Patmon – The young cornerback assuming Orlando Scandrick’s role as the primary slot corner has not looked out of place. Patmon played well in coverage and could have had a pair of interceptions. I’m sure the team will have him working on the jugs machine this week.

Second Star: Jason Witten – Old reliable was up to his old tricks once again. It wasn’t the two touchdown performance from Week 1 but Witten came up with catches when the Cowboys needed them. Witten finished the game with 7 receptions for 56 yards.

First Star: Sean Lee – Throughout the game Lee was simply flying around making plays. He frustrated DeMarco Murray on a number of occasions and came up with a clutch redzone interception as the Eagles began to get their offense rolling after Romo left. Lee finished with 9 solo tackles, 5 tackle assists and 1 interception.

Other Thoughts

  • The biggest storyline going into this game was the return of DeMarco Murray. After a subpar Week 1 performance Murray actually played worse in Week 2. The Cowboys stymied their former running back all game. Murray finished the afternoon with 13 carries for 2 yards. This brings his season rushing stats to 21 carries for 11 yards.
  • For the second straight week the Cowboys held their opponent to under 300 yards of total offense. The Eagles final drive, with the game essentially decided, accounted for 80 of their 226 yards. This defense is for real.
  • There’e been a lot of reports online about how long Romo will be out. These are all guesses and assumptions. At this point we do not know the severity of the fracture. I once fractured my clavicle but since it was a hairline fracture I was only in a sling for two weeks. Let’s hold off on the season is over talk until we know the exact nature of Romo’s injury.
  • While he wasn’t asked to do much, Brandon Weeden came in and played well. Weeded completed all seven of his pass attempts for 73 yards and a touchdown. Hopefully when he gets a full game he plays better than he did against Arizona.
  • The injuries the Cowboys have suffered early this season are certainly disheartening. That being said the Cowboys are 2-0 to start the season. Even more important is the fact that both games were division wins. But the best part is that both the Eagles and Giants find themselves at 0-2 to start the season.

Next up for the Cowboys is a home game against the Atlanta Falcons. While it will be a battle of two 2-0 teams both sides have their issues. The Cowboys obviously have injury concerns and have won a pair of ugly games. But the Falcons haven’t looked that impressive either, save for Julio Jones. The Falcons barely got past the same teams the Cowboys barely got past. It should be a good game and if the Cowboys can find a way once again they could start building a cushion until the playmakers return.

Know the Enemy: Philadelphia Eagles, Week 2

DALLAS COWBOYS (1-0) at PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (0-1)

Sunday, September 20, 2015 – 4:25pm ET
Lincoln Financial Field
TV: FOX
Announcers: Joe Buck / Troy Aikman / Erin Andrews

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Comeback season

Sean Lee

December 9th, 2013 was the last time we saw Sean Lee take the field for the Dallas Cowboys. Lee took the field last night for the first time since against the Vikings, playing at the Weak Line backer spot.

He record 2 solo tackles in the first quarter. He helped out keeping the Vikings out of the end zone.

When asked about his return Lee answered  “At times a little bit rusty. I think as I got in the flow of the game I felt better and better. But I only played 15 to 20 plays. It’s about playing 60 to 70 plays and being able to do that effectively and I still have a lot of work to do.”

With spending almost a full year in the weight room, it has looked like Lee has put on more muscle. Its looks like hes back in fresh shape, and ready for the season opener against the Giants.

One thing that has never left my mind was, when the team traveled to London last season to face the Jaguars, Sean Lee was asked why wasn’t he planning on traveling with the team. He responded “it would’ve turned into nothing but a vacation for me, and I don’t need a vacation,” Lee says. “I need to stay in the weight room. I need to be here working.”

“I still have a lot of work to do, still have room to improve, still have to get better conditioning wise, but I think I’m on track to be ready.”

There’s no question about his leadership and his hunger for this team. 2 weeks from now, during the season opener, Lee plans on starting on the weak line backer spot and continuing were he left off.

 

Morris Claiborne

Coming off his torn patellar tendon last season, Morris Claiborne made his debut against the Vikings.

Where Claiborne stood out the most for me was the fact that his side wasn’t targeted as much. One play where Claiborne got targeted on a deep pass towards the end zone, he was able to make a play on the ball.

Besides being flagged with a pass interference, Claiborne showed us flashes and the ability to have a tight coverage on his receivers.

With the season opener closing in, can Claiborne stay healthy? And if so, can he manage to compete for the starting job?

“I’m just playing,” Claiborne said. “I keep saying: I put in a lot of work, and God has truly blessed me to be where I’m at right now. I’m going to take full advantage of it.”

Checking in on Collins, Gregory and Jones

The Dallas Cowboys received quite the buzz earlier in the year when they landed three first round talents from the rookie draft class. Will they be worthy of such buzz once the season begins?

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4 Things We Should Look For vs Minnesota

Today, the Dallas Cowboys face the Minnesota Vikings in their 3rd preseason game. This team entered Training Camp with a lot of questions and some of them still remain unanswered. The 3rd preseason game is the best depiction of what your team will look like come regular season. There are a few player that we should be looking at during the game.

Tony Romo and Dez Bryant:
The 3rd preseason game is the dress rehearsal for the Cowboys. Tony Romo should be in for at least one whole quarter, so I expect him to feed his monster at Wide Receiver. We all know that Tony to Dez is a connection that is unmatched in the NFL, but I added them to my list for one specific reason. The NFL pushed back the extra point yardage, but still allows you to go for a 2 point conversion from the 2 yard line. I want to see if the Cowboys go for the 2 point conversion with weapons like WR Dez Bryant and TE Gavin “Pablo” Escobar. I say that because we have 2 big outdoor games in Green Bay and Buffalo in December, so it could be windy. It’ll be good to see Dez, Romo and the entire Offensive Line all together again.

Sean Lee
Sean Lee hasn’t played in an NFL game since December 9th, 2013. Lee suffered a neck injury against the Chicago Bears on December 9th and then on May 27th, 2014, Lee tore his ACL on the first day of OTA’s. Marinelli moved Lee over to Weakside Linebacker to help Lee avoid injuries. Guys like Derrick Brooks and Lance Briggs have played that spot in the Marinelli defense and have had success. Lee hopes that he can be the next guy on that list. Sean has to get out there to play this new position and I think this game will be when it happens. Expect to see 50 around the ball anytime there’s a run or a pass over the middle.


Tyler Patmon in the Slot:

This one is huge because Patmon is the starting slot corner because Orlando Scandrick tore his ACL. Scandrick was the Cowboys best cornerback and maybe the best slot corner in the NFL. It’ll be a challenge to fill Scandrick’s shoes, but Patmon will definitely try. Patmon does bring fire and passion to the defense, much like Scandrick. If he can have Scandrick’s skill level, then we’ll be in good hands. Today, we’ll see if Tyler Patmon is the real deal and if he’s a feasible replacement for Orlando Scandrick or a fluke.

Darren McFadden vs Joseph Randle
This game against the Minnesota Vikings will be the day we determine the starting running back. Somebody will flourish behind this offensive line and I think it’ll be Joseph Randle. There is no concrete option at running back right now, but a big game from Randle or McFadden could land them the starting job. They’ve both been banged up and have played very sporadically in the preseason, but today, there should be no excuses. Jason Garrett and running backs coach Gary Brown should come out of this game feeling confident and 100% sure they have their running back.

 

Those are just 4 things that we all should be looking for during the dress rehearsal vs the Vikings. We all hope for a Cowboys win, but remember guys, the score and final decision do not mean anything either way. Just enjoy some football and watch our Boys’ continue to get better each day.

 

Another Preseason Injury

The Dallas Cowboys are once again hit by a big injury prior to the opening of a new season. Last season, the Cowboys lost their leader, Sean Lee, before they even reached Oxnard. This time around, it is another one of their leaders who could be lost for the season.

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  • Random Quote

    The coaches I hate in my life were the guys who allowed me to be as mediocre as mediocre can be. The guys I love to this very day – they rode my ass every day. They grinded me. It was hard. They made me better.

    — Jason Garrett