Cowboys bounce back, but next three games could determine their fate – Dallas Cowboys blog

November 15, 2021

ARLINGTON, Texas – A week can sometimes feel like a month in the NFL.

For the Dallas Cowboys, last week felt like two months after their 30-16 loss to the Denver Broncos that it wasn’t even as close as the final score would indicate.

The six game winning streak was over. The offensive eventually came to a halt, and some wondered if there was a plan that other defenses could follow. The defense was exposed. They had to sit on the loss and accept everything that was said about them.

“We weren’t ourselves last week and that’s understandable,” the wide receiver said. Lamb CeeDee said.

The Cowboys’ response Sunday was a 43-3 beating of the Atlanta Falcons for their first 40-point victory since 2000.

A week after completing 48.7% of his passes, quarterback Dak Prescott threw two touchdown passes and ran for another while completing 77% of his passes. A week after allowing the Broncos 190 rushing yards and 8 of 15 third-down conversions, the Cowboys defense limited the Falcons to just three points and a third-down conversion on 11 attempts, and the Los Angeles quarterback. Falcons Matt ryan he threw just 117 yards, the fewest he’s had in a game with at least 10 attempts in his career.

The Cowboys scored 29 points in the second quarter, the most points they have scored in any quarter in franchise history.

The performance made Jerry Jones wonder if another Cowboys team had dominated as thoroughly as this one on Sunday.

“I can’t remember, I really can’t,” said the owner and general manager. “I can’t remember, I can go back, and we had some good games.”

Perhaps this victory will restore the Cowboys’ feet for the rest of the season.

At 7-2, the Cowboys have a four-game lead in the NFC East. With the Arizona Cardinals losing to the Carolina Panthers, the Cowboys are tied in the loss column in the race for home advantage and will play the Cardinals in Week 17.

What happens in the next three games will go a long way in determining what kind of season this could really be.

In a span of 12 days, the Cowboys play the Kansas City Chiefs and former NFL MVP. Patrick Mahomes, then the Las Vegas Raiders on Thanksgiving, followed by a game Thursday night at the New Orleans Saints.

The Chiefs may not be the best team in the AFC these days, but they still have Mahomes. The Raiders have struggled off the field, but interim coach Rich Bisaccia, a former special teams coordinator for the Cowboys, has been able to keep Las Vegas looking forward. New Orleans is 5-4 after Sunday’s loss to the Tennessee Titans and has beaten the Cowboys three times in a row at the Caesars Superdome.

“Obviously all those teams are really very good,” said the linebacker. Micah Parsons said. “And I think we had a difficult stage at the beginning of the season and we have another one around here, so I want to say that we are really going to have to bend down and focus and go into all the little details. Obviously you have the Super Bowl contender in the Chiefs, the Raiders are really good this year and obviously New Orleans is on our side, so we have to show what we have and try to go 3-0 at this stretch. “

Parsons is a newbie. He has never played three games in 12 days.

“You could play three games in one day, you did it when we were kids,” Parsons said. “Think about it, when I was a kid I played soccer from the time we left school until the lights went out. I’m sure we played more than three games. … Now I’m not saying it’s the same level, but it’s already in my blood. “

Lamb, who had two touchdown receptions, is only in his second season. You already understand how the tenor of a season changes the further you go.

“As we go down the stretch of the season, I feel like every game generates a lot of anticipation,” Lamb said. “Treat it as if it were another game, but understand that it is more than a next game.”

Prescott, a six-year veteran, has been around long enough to keep the spotlight on the Chiefs. He’ll worry about the Raiders the following week and the Saints a week later.

After all, the Broncos’ loss is still a fresh memory. As a result, he didn’t see the Falcons’ victory as any kind of statement.

“We’re just trying to get better and take it game by game and when you’re in the game, game by game,” Prescott said. “I believe that when we do it we are able to achieve what we want. We will not be overconfident again.

“That’s what a game like last week does for you, leaves that taste in your mouth and keeps you humble. It ensures that you’re hungry and don’t get too far ahead of yourself.”