By beating a banged-up Tennessee Titans team on the road on Thursday night, the Dallas Cowboys kept the pressure on the Philadelphia Eagles in the fight for the NFC East crown.
Dallas (12-4) defeated the Titans (7-9) and quarterback Joshua Dobbs (making his first NFL start), 27-13, despite Dobbs’s performance and the fact that Prescott committed three mistakes in the first half.
The Eagles (13-2) still have a chance to win their division with a victory over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, but if they lose, they’ll be under a lot of pressure going into the last week of the season.
The Cowboys Won Against the Titans, so That’s Some Good News. Unfortunately, They Made an Unflattering Spectacle of Themselves in The Process.
Regardless of Where They Are in The Race for The Nfc East, the Cowboys Have Stated that They Want to Generate Momentum Heading Into the Playoffs. Things on Thursday Did Not Bode Well for Hopes of A Deep Playoff Run Commencing Soon.
The Titans Started Quarterback Joshua Dobbs and Committed Penalties for Over 100 Yards as They Rested Derrick Henry and Other Starters in Preparation for Week 18’s Must-Win Game Against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
If the Cowboys Continue to Play Like This in The Playoffs, They Will Surely Lose Whatever Chance They Have of Making the Super Bowl.
It’s Been Pointed out A Number of Times that Prescott Doesn’t Get the Blame for Every Interception. Case in Point: Last Thursday.
Peyton Hendershot’s Hands Rolled Away After the First Interception. the Second Went Straight to Cowboys’ Safety Kevin Byard as Time Wound Down in The First Half and Dallas Tried to Score. Prescott Completed the Game 29 for 41 Throwing for 282 Yards, Two Scores, and Two Picks.
Prescott Is Now Tied for The Nfl Lead with Derek Carr of Las Vegas with 14 Interceptions in The Season. in 2017, He Started All 16 Games for The Cowboys and Finished with 13.
Prescott Now Shares the Nfl Record with Buffalo’s Josh Allen for Most Games with Multiple Interceptions with Five. One Can only Speculate at What Point the Sum Would Have Been Had Prescott Not Been Forced to Miss Five Games with A Fractured Right Thumb.
The Cowboys Are Allowing Too Many Big Plays Through the Air. Seven Different Eagles Throw Plays Covered 20 Yards or Last Week. Thursday Night, Four Titans Scored. Not Even with Ryan Tannehill Behind Centre Could the Titans Are Described as Having an Explosive Offence.
In Addition, Three of The Completions Went for At Least 30 Yards. the Four Explosives Were Equal to The Third-Highest Total the Titans Had Recorded All Year. They Had Seven Against the New York Giants in Week One, and Five on November 17 Against the Green Bay Packers.
Bold Prediction for Next Week
Against the Washington Commanders in Week 18, Will Grier Will Get the Nod at Quarterback. Why? Cowboys Are Assured of The No. 5 Seed and Will Face the Nfc South Champion on The Road if The Eagles Win Over the Saints and Clinch Division and Home-Field Advantage.
Since Cooper Rush Will Be a Free Agency in March of 2023, the Cowboys Can Evaluate Grier for The Backup Quarterback Position.
Under-The-Radar Stat that Matters
Ezekiel Elliott, a Running Back, Has Scored a Rushing Touchdown in Each of His Last Nine Games. the Cowboys’ Current Streak Is the Second-Longest in A Single Season in Franchise History. Emmitt Smith Went 11 Straight Games in 1995. by — Todd Archer
The Titans Choose to Rest Numerous Starters Against the Cowboys, and The Expected Results Followed.
The Titans’ Nine Defeats This Season Are the Most in Mike Vrabel’s Five Seasons at The Helm.
Regardless of The Outcome of This Week’s Game, Tennessee Will Still Face Jacksonville Next Week for The Afc South Title.
But the Titans, by Switching to Dobbs from Rookie Malik Willis, May Have Found Something.
Describe the Game in Two Words
Short-Staffed. the Titans Had to Play the Game with Six Injured Players, Four of Them Were Defensive Starters. Add Those Players to The Nine Starters Tennessee Already Has on Ir.
Dobbs Showed Some Potential in His First Start After Shaking Off Some Mistakes Early in The Game to Go 20-Of-39 Throwing for 232 Yards and A Score with One Interception. on Third-And-8 in The First Quarter, His Pass to Robert Woods Was a Bit High, but The Seasoned Receiver Had to Make the Play.
On The Next Series, However, Dobbs Got Back on Track by Connecting with Racey Mc Math for A 39-Yard Gain on A Seam Pattern. the Best Throw Was a 9-Yard Connection to Woods on An Out-Breaking Pattern from The Other Hash Mark.
Dobbs Had a Handful of Sacks Because He Hung on To the Ball for Too Long. Still, Dobbs Was Able to Make Quick Decisions and Get the Ball to Where It Needed to Go. Although, Late in The Game, He Did Attempt a Rushed Pass to Woods Near the Sideline, Which Nahshon Wright Picked Off.
The Defence Figured out How to Cause Turnovers Against the Cowboys. One of Kevin Byard’s Two Interceptions Came After He Dove for A Throw Meant for The Tight End. Dalton Schultz Made the Interception and Returned It 28 Yards when He Was Lining up On the Sideline. Teair Tart, a Member of The Defensive Line, Also Contributed by Recovering a Fumble.
Early in The Third Quarter, with Dallas up 10-6, the Cowboys Faced a Third-And-19 Situation, but Prescott Evaded Pressure to Keep the Drive-Alive. Prescott Made a Left-Handed Scramble and Fired a 51-Yard Pass to Michael Gallup.
In Spite of The Key Being Incomplete, Dallas Was Awarded the First Down at The Titans’ 6-Yard Line Due to A Pass Interference Penalty Assessed Against Titans Cb Tre Avery. Prescott Avoided Having to Punt by Connecting with Schultz on A 6-Yard Touchdown Pass on Play Action.
Under-The-Radar Stat that Matters
The Titans’ 124 Penalty Yards Were the Most They’ve Had in A Game Since They Had 161 in Week 8 of Last Season, and Their 51-Yard Pass Interference Penalty Was the Nfl’s Most Costly Penalty in Terms of Yards This Season. Turron Davenport, Author.