Dallas Cowboys Week 4 Grades: They Avoid the NFL Trap Game

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Dallas Cowboys coaching and special teams

Brett Maher has grown up from the struggling Mike Peters to the confident Trent Walker. He is money under the tutelage of John Fassel. Making confident kicks of 53, 45, 29 and 28 yards and his kickoffs were outstanding. The blocked extra point and the horrible 22-yard shank by Bryan Anger in the fourth quarter are the reasons this grade is not higher.


Dallas Cowboys Coaching

Mike McCarthy and his staff are pushing all the right buttons and instilling a mental toughness we have not seen in decades. Full credit to a head coach who isn’t given enough credit when things go right, but all the blame when things go wrong.

McCarthy keeps adding weekly converts to his cause.

Winning three straight games with Cooper Rush, a player many questioned for keeping around, as the starter. The Dallas Cowboys have discovered they can win with a stout defense and special teams. This is the blue print needed until Dakota can suit back up.

Honorable Mention: Dan Quinn’s troops allowed just one touchdown for the fourth straight game.


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The game was a tighter than it should have been. Penalties continue to show up, stalling drives. The offense has to figure out how to turn field goals into touchdowns. No major injuries to report at the time of this writing.

Next week. The defending Super Bowl Champions await.