Dallas Cowboys key to success No. 4: Defensive Assignments
While the Detroit Lions defense is not very good, their offense is explosive, anchored by a young, talented offensive line who will present a challenge. The Dallas Cowboys are the NFL leaders in both sacks (24) and pressure rate, affecting opposing QBs on 32.4% of their drop backs, and they must continue to dial up the heat in the kitchen.
Look for the Lions to deploy some of the same tactics the Eagles used last week. Upon further review, they attacked Micah Parsons, but Jourdan Lewis was found lacking in his effort working through traffic.
He was not the only member of the defense that was confused. The cornerbacks continue to get caught up in the trash. Teams will continue to go after Parsons because it’s on tape, but a better effort overall from the back end would help to ease the damage.
I am interested in seeing if Dallas will stay the course with their new identity or will they fall back into bad habits. Kellen Moore was told to be smarter, and for the last 5 weeks he has been. All credit to him.
At home against the Lions. Can Kellen Moore resist the temptations of calling the offense like a 12-year-old on cotton candy playing Madden football?
Not all is on Kellen Moore. Dak Prescott must resist the temptation as well. Block out the outside noise and remember the Bill Parcells-The 11 Commandments of Playing Quarterback.
Week 4 presented the Cowboys the first trap game of the season and Week 7 is no different. Dan Campbell troops will play full tilt even when out manned and don’t be surprised if Coach Campbell pulls a trick play or two if he believes a victory can be snatched.
I expected Dallas to handle their business as Cowboys Nation welcome Dakota back.
Give me Dallas 28-17