The Dallas Cowboys are living life on the edge, hanging on by a thread in the race for the NFC East. They kept their hopes alive with a thrilling Week 15 win, 41-33, over the San Francisco 49ers.
It was one of the more spirited efforts from the Dallas defense, despite giving up 33 points and over 450 yards of total offense. Just a week after forcing three turnovers, the Cowboys took the ball away four more times in the win to escape the division basement.
Here is the good, the bad and the ugly for the Cowboys as they fight their way to a fifth win on the year.
The Good: Tony Pollard
This was a nice day for those who believe Pollard gives the offense more juice than starter Ezekiel Elliott. Pollard had 132 total yards and two rushing touchdowns on the game. It was Pollard’s second score that showed the burst and the game breaking ability of Pollard, two parts of his game that Elliott hasn’t shown this season. https://twitter.com/NFL/status/1340766243045851136?s=20
The Good: CeeDee Lamb
It was an efficient game for the rookie wide receiver, who had five catches for 85 yards, including a long reception of 45 yards to setup a score. Lamb also returned an onsides kick for a score in what was a perfect setup. He should’ve gone down to ensure possession, but Lamb sealed the win regardless. https://twitter.com/HelmanDC/status/1340775235096817667?s=20
The Good: Defense forcing turnovers
DE DeMarcus Lawrence had a big sack and forced fumble, while the secondary got CB Anthony Brown and S Donovan Wilson back. Both had big interceptions in the fourth quarter that gave the Cowboys the opportunity to put the game away. The Cowboys scored 24 points off the takeaways, a season-high.
The Good: Special Teams
Lamb’s return was a thing of beauty and much-maligned Greg Zuerlein made two long field goals, including a clutch 46-yard kick in the fourth quarter.
The Bad: Rush defense
We knew it was going to be a challenge to slow a good 49ers rushing offense and the Cowboys predictably struggled. The defense gave up 150 yards on the ground.
The Ugly: The pass defense
Nick Mullens shouldn’t be slicing up the defense, especially without one of his top receivers in Deebo Samuel. However, the Cowboys allowed 308 yards passing and gave up a hail mary for a touchdown. That can’t happen; the pass defense needs to tighten up if they are going to continue to win games. You can chat with or follow ben on twitter @BenGrimaldi
Published: 2020-12-21 13:02:49
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