JACKSONVILLE – Remember when the Dallas Cowboys never gave up 20 points in a game? Remember when their rush of passing engendered fear of an attack? Remember how they fixed the run defense? Remember all that depth?
In the 40-34 overtime loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, they allowed a season-high 34 points, and recorded just one sack of Trevor Lawrencegiving up 192 yards on the ground and losing another start, as Leighton Vander EschThe state of forward movement after a neck injury is not fully known.
For all discussion about Duck PrescottThe team’s interceptions that helped change momentum in the third quarter and ultimately led to the Cowboys’ second overtime loss of the season, the defense couldn’t come up with the main job when it mattered most.
safety Jaron KerseLawrence’s forced fumble with 1:28 remaining might lead the Cowboys to believe they have the win, but the offense could only burn 27 seconds off the clock. The defense then allowed Jacksonville to travel 41 yards in seven plays and convert two chances on third down before a game-tying field goal ended regulation at 34-34.
“They’ve got the momentum going,” Corner Buck Trevon Diggs He said. “They started rolling in. And we couldn’t stop them.”
The Jaguars’ 503 yards was the most Dallas has allowed this season. The eight conversions were the third most allowed by Dallas this season. The 192 yards was the fourth time that Dallas had allowed at least 152 yards on the ground in 2022. The Jaguars scored on five of their seven possessions in the second half.
“We can’t assign blame,” Micah Parsons He said. “It’s something for everyone. There’s 11. Obviously we have to do something different and get better at it. Not everything can be perfect, but you strive for that kind of execution. Giving up 34 points isn’t executive order, so we have to improve.” “.
Things should pick up quickly when the Philadelphia Eagles visit AT&T Stadium on Saturday. The Eagles are third in the league in yards per game and second in points. Jalen Hurts He is a prime candidate for NFL MVP. Receivers AJ Brown And the Devonta Smith Are capable of big plays. running back Miles Sanders It has over 1,000 rushing yards. The Eagles’ offensive line is among the best in the NFL.
And the Cowboys get hurt defensively.
For much of the season, many fans were upset about corner plays Anthony Brown Diggs’ opponent allowed the plays they wanted to be made by Vander Esch, who entered Sunday as the team leader in tackles.
How do they like Braun and Vander Esch now?
Brown’s replacement after rupturing his Achilles in Week 13, Kelvin JosephThey were beaten to two touchdowns, including a 59-yard double move from Ze Jones in the third quarter. After, after Marvin Jones JrA 10-yard touchdown catch later in the quarter, the Cowboys went with Nahshon Wright over Joseph, who was their second-round pick last year.
Absence of defensive intervention Jonathan Hankins, who suffered from a strained chest last week, may have played as much a role in Jacksonville’s success, as did Vander Esch’s loss in the first quarter. He was hitting a top 12 tackle last season against the Houston Texans.
“I’m more interested in the health of our team,” said Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy. [Cowboys defensive coordinator] And the [Quinn] He was able to make enough calls to remain competitive. We were on a bunch of situational calls in the fourth quarter and so forth, and you don’t have your guys there for that, and that shows where they are in their development.
“Let’s be honest, we’ve hit a bit of an injury cycle here.”
And while the Cowboys earned a playoff spot despite the loss, the games don’t stop. McCarthy proudly noted that when he was the head coach of the Green Bay Packers, they needed 77 players to win Super Bowl XLV.
“Hey, when your name is called, you must be ready for the opportunity,” DeMarcus Lawrence He said. “But you know, it’s all about just us getting in there, making our adjustments and coming back hungrier than we were before.”