Winners and Losers of Dallas Cowboys’ Week 4 Performance
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After a great first half in which the Dallas Cowboys scored 21 points in the second quarter alone, the offense went ice cold and scored just six points in the second half. On defense, it was worse as it was another game in which the Cowboys didn’t record a turnover and allowed 35 points at home. It was an ugly loss that the team could not afford to drop at home.
With the Green Bay Packers coming into town next week, Dallas badly needs a win to stay above .500 before the team’s bye week in Week 6. After a disappointing loss to the Los Angles Rams, here are the biggest winners and losers from the Cowboys performance on Sunday.
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DeMarcus Lawrence didn’t dominate in the same way he did against the Cardinals, but he was still the team’s best defender on Sunday. Lawrence added to his sack total as he had a strip-sack of Jared Goff and now has a total of 7.5 sacks on the season.
However, he wasn’t perfect in this game. While he totaled four pressures on 28 pass rushing snaps, he was a liability in the run game. He finished the contest with a 44.3 run grade, according to Pro Football Focus. He’s clearly their best pass rusher, but he needs to improve in the run game if he wants to truly be an elite defensive end.
Lawrence’s performance this season has been spectacular so far this season and it could potentially get better with the addition of David Irving this week after his suspension has ended. Despite the ugly performance by the rest of the defense, Lawrence was still a star on Sunday. Look for him to have another big performance next week when the Packers come to Dallas.
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Maybe the biggest “loser” from the Cowboys game on Sunday was Ryan Switzer. His muffed punt led directly to the Rams scoring seven points just a few plays later, which completely shifted the momentum of the game.
Instead of Dallas trying to extend their 17-6 lead, the Rams scored and made it 17-13. From that point on, the Rams’ offense seemed to find life after the gift from Switzer.
Not only did Switzer’s fumble hurt, he returned three kicks and never reached the 25-yard line. Special teams were the difference in this game and these types of plays are what separates the good teams from the mediocre ones.
Dallas spent a fourth-round pick on Switzer to improve their return game, but he hasn’t returned any value on that investment so far. It was a rough outing from the former North Carolina Tarheels.
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Heading into the Rams’ game, Alfred Morris had just one rushing yard on four carries. Morris was dangerously close to allowing Darren McFadden to sneak into the spot as he didn’t receive a carry in the past two games. But this week, he exploded with a 70-yard run that led to a Cowboys’ touchdown just a few plays later.
On an inside zone run, Morris beat the linebacker to the gap and got into the open field where he was eventually tackled at the four-yard line. Morris looked explosive on his long run and has pretty much secured the No.2 job behind starter Ezekiel Elliott.
If Elliott does have to serve a suspension in the near future, Morris will likely be the player replacing him and Dallas should rest easy knowing that he looks quicker than in previous seasons. Morris looks like a much different player than in previous seasons. Make no mistake about it, he’s the team’s second running back for the foreseeable future.