the Dallas Cowboys Just lost in overtime to Jacksonville Jaguars. After 27 second-half points from the Jaguars, then six more in overtime, Jacksonville (6-8) took it all the way back and beat the Cowboys (10-4), 40-34.
The Cowboys have been constantly downplaying their rivalry in recent weeks, letting the inferior teams hang around, until things finally happen like they did today. They played really well in the first half today, and in the second half against the Colts. But outside of that, they weren’t the dominant team they were earlier in the year.
Duck Prescott’s objections are a problem. Even when some of the issues are receivers and miscommunication, Prescott’s interception numbers this season are unacceptably high. This defense is built to stop attacks in long fields and they’ve done that for a large part this season. However, Prescott threw an interception on each of the last two plays inside the 20-yard line. He has only two games this season without an interception. This is an impossible statistic to maintain for long-term success. The game-ending interception was a Noah Brown error, but Prescott still gave up a punitive interception earlier that helped the Jaguars complete their comeback.
It’s hard to call someone a failed draft pick just sophomore year, but Kelvin Joseph isn’t giving any indication yet that he’s a long-term solution in a corner. It became a liability that would be planned and targeted, as it was today, allowing two landings. He bit into a double move that left Zay Jones wide open and kicked the comeback floodgates open. Nachshon Wright saw action in the endgame. It’s a problematic situation for the Dallas defense.
Quick defense is another big problem. huge. The Jaguars played very physical on the line throughout the game and was reminiscent of 49ers Playoff last year. Travis Etienne ran the ball 19 times for 103 yards. worrying. very disturbing.
CeeDee Lamb had a really good game and emerged as a true WR1 late in the season. When he gets into the open space, he’s as good as he gets. However, Kellen Moore continues to play behind the line of scrimmage and Dak Prescott hasn’t extended the field well since the Minnesota game, so it’s not something he often gets into open spaces. He caught seven balls for 126 yards. A missed performance of 88.
The running game was not the same as normal either. Neither a Tony Pollard nor Ezekiel Elliott’s carry averaged more than four yards, though he was still the backbone of the offense. Like last week, it was very good early on, but then it was hit and miss later in the game.
This whole stretch is eerily reminiscent of yesteryear. Everyone bought a year early and was very disappointed. That seems to be the path they’re taking this year. They have the Eagles next week, and if they want to restart their season, they’re going to have to get this win. The Cowboys will, in all likelihood, be the fifth seed and travel to the NFC South winner in the Wild Card Round. Tom Brady in the playoffs at home? This is definitely not something the Cowboys want to see the way they have been playing lately.