Dallas Cowboys: The final numbers
2 – The number of massive penalties on Jaylon Smith.
In the 4th quarter with the Cowboys up by 4, the Steelers faced a 1st and ten at midfield. Ben Roethlisberger was sacked by Tyrone Crawford and fumbled the ball, and it was scooped up by Aldon Smith. However, Jaylon Smith had knocked Chase Claypool over instead of trying to cover him. Pittsburgh would kick a field goal and pull to within one point.
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On Pittsburgh’s next possession, Roethlisberger threw incomplete to Chase Claypool on 3rd and 10. Pittsburgh was at their own 21 so there would not have been any discussion about what to do next: punt – Dallas ball. However, Jaylon Smith, in an effort to get into Ben’s sight line apparently, jumped up and swatted him in the facemask – 15-yard penalty, automatic 1st down. Pittsburgh would then score a touchdown to take the lead for good.
We can debate the necessity of rules like this that protect quarterbacks, but the fact of the matter is that anyone can look at that play and declare it illegal based on the NFL rulebook. For that reason alone, Jaylon Smith cannot let this happen. At this point he seems to be doing more harm than good for the defense most of the time.
100 – Percent guarantee that the Cowboys won’t lose another game next week. Thank God for the bye week and this moment of reprieve from what the Dallas Cowboys have become this season.