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Welcome to life after a Dallas Cowboys victory Youth Terrance Williams Jersey , it sure has been a minute.house of the reigning Super Bowl Champions no less. Getting a win in Philadelphia is always a great thing and it’s certainly a welcome boost of joy to a team that hadn’t won a game in almost a month.On the subject of wins, who were the winners from Sunday night’s game? Who were the losers? Welcome to BTB’s five winners, five losers, and whatever else happens in between. Let’s have some fun.Winner: Leighton Vander Esch and the mountain he was carved fromOne of the plays of the game came on the Eagles penultimate drive when they were trailing by seven points. Philadelphia had a third and two so naturally Carson Wentz dumped the ball off to one of his running backs.This was not okay with Leighton Vander Esch, the same LVE that intercepted Wentz himself earlier in the game. Went wrapped those big pythons attached to his torso around Corey Clement to the tune of a five-yard loss.It was the exclamation point on the coming-out party for Vander Esch. You know, Dak Prescott (who we’ll get to in a bit) had a game in Pittsburgh during his rookie season that cemented his place as the team’s starter. In fact, Tony Romo gave his “football is a meritocracy” speech in the week following it. Leighton had a game of a similar nature in Philadelphia so if the Cowboys are playing a game in the state of Pennsylvania you can bet your bottom dollar that a torch of some kind will be passed.Winner: Ezekiel Elliott, hurdling, and feeding your best playersThere have been more than enough times this season when the Dallas Cowboys refused to feed Ezekiel Elliott. It’s frustrating not only because the man gets fed as a slogan but because he’s one of the most explosive players that Dallas has.As the second quarter was winding down Zeke exploded for a huge gain and pulled off one of his signature hurdles. It was clear how much his hops energized the offense even though they only walked away with three points. But I mean, look at this thing. Then look at it again. And again and again and again and again.Zeke finished the night with the second-most rushing yards he’s had in a game, 151. He had one more when the Cowboys defeated the Detroit Lions so basically Golden Tate’s teams are usually on the wrong side of his utter dominance. Elliott did more than contribute on the ground, though. He was critical in the receiving game as he served as a great option for Dak Prescott out in screens and as a great line of defense for him when other people were running their own routes.Feed Zeke.Winner: Xavier Su’a-filo, Marc Colombo, and the Cowboys offensive lineTravis Frederick has been absent from the Cowboys offensive line all season long and to make matters worse rookie second-round pick Connor Williams missed Sunday night’s game in Philadelphia.James Lang-USA TODAY SportsThis made for a tall order for Marc Colombo who was just in his second week of overseeing the men up front after Dallas fired Paul Alexander. The team spent all week trying to find an answer for Williams’ absence and finally settled on Xavier Su’a-filo who wasn’t even on the team not that long ago.Handling Fletcher Cox is hardly an easy task, but somehow Xavier held his own throughout the contest. Many people were upset with the level that Connor had been playing at anyway, Xavier jumping in and the group not totally breaking down feels somewhat like Ron Leary coming in for La’el Collins in 2016.On the subject of winners along the offensive line Zack Martin’s toughness needs to get an honorable mention. He took a gruesome hit early on in Philly and it looked like more than his night was in jeopardy. Zack battled back and managed to help pave the way for the fourth Cowboys win of the season. Respect.Winner: Michael Gallup and the Amari Cooper tradeOne of the more critical plays of the game came on a third down near the end of the first half for the Cowboys. After a horrendous sack that Dak Prescott took on first down the team ran the ball on second, seemingly looking to just get out of the half with a three-point lead.It was on 3rd and 15 that Dak Prescott threw what looked to be a routine screen pass to rookie wide receiver Michael Gallup who then proceeded to pick up 25 yards. The play singlehandedly resuscitated an otherwise-dead drive and the Cowboys capitalized on it by scoring a touchdown that would give them a 10-point halftime lead.As important as this particular play was so was the overall play of wide receiver Amari Cooper. Amari without question looks like a talent that’s worth a first-round pick. He had six catches for 75 yards http://www.cowboysauthorizedshops.com/authentic-jeff-heath-jersey , but his ability to separate and get open can no longer be questioned. He’s the real deal.Amari’s play helps open things up for Gallup and the rest. Eight different Cowboys recorded receptions on Sunday night and a lot of them were fairly large. His influence is vast and it’s certainly welcome.Winner: Jason Garrett and the idea of desperation moving the needleThe Cowboys are making it a bit of a habit to run fake punts against the Philadelphia Eagles while playing on Sunday Night Football. They did it in 2016 and did it again on Sunday night. Unlike two years ago when Chris Jones ran it himself the Cowboys snapped it straight to the GOAT Jeff Heath who picked up the necessary yardage.This was big to see from the Cowboys. It doesn’t mean that Jason Garrett’s job should be safe or that he’s suddenly not all of the things we’ve said he was for the last few weeks, but it does mean that he did a solid job overall on Sunday night. Garrett clearly coached with some desperation and we saw that in areas besides the fake punt. It may have been forced, but that level of aggressiveness was needed for some time.Loser: The Philadelphia EaglesThe Philadelphia Eagles lost to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, November 11th, 2018.They have literally never defeated the Cowboys in games where they have a Super Bowl banner hanging in their stadium or in instances where they are coming off of a bye after playing the Jacksonville Jaguars in London and then acquiring Golden Tate.I repeat, the Philadelphia Eagles are losers. They lost to the Dallas Cowboys.Loser: Dak Prescott ball security and also Dak Prescott’s blocking at timesGetting back on track here, Dak Prescott had one of the weirdest moments you’ll ever see when the ball just slipped out of his hands in the second half. He was incredibly fortunate that the oblong-shaped ball happened to bounce back into his hands.It’s moments like these that still give us pause towards completely trusting Dak as he clearly still makes occasional mistakes. If this ball doesn’t bounce one particular way it’s potentially recovered by the Eagles. That’s not a good thing.Also not a good thing was the first offensive possession of the second half for the Cowboys. With the entire intermission to plan ahead the Cowboys very clearly didn’t do much in the locker room as they not only came out flat but left Dak Prescott out to dry. Hard.Things like this can’t happen. Dallas was lucky to survive them.Loser: Jeff Heath floating out in coverageJeff Heath is the GOAT don’t get me wrong, but Jeff Heath is not very good when he’s tasked with covering folks, especially if they’re fast.The game against the Eagles got particularly dicy when Carson Wentz found Nelson Agholor late in the contest for a 51-yard gain. Philadelphia would go on to score which forced the Cowboys to have to score again, something thought to be impossible at the time due to our scars from seeing this offense over eight games.Safety hasn’t been the achilles heel that we all thought it would be entering the season, but these moments will undoubtedly continue to happen. Jeff Heath is great at a lot of things, but working deep down field in coverage certainly isn’t one of them.He’s still the GOAT, though.Loser: Hope for fair officiating in Cowboys gamesThe Philadelphia Eagles had as many penalties as they did wins on Sunday night, that number is zero. (The Eagles lost to the Cowboys btw).It’s obviously not impossible for a football team to play penalty-free, but the idea of it happening is fairly improbable and sort of absurd. Nevertheless the Eagles were not called for a single penalty and that’s something that Cowboys fans have a right to complain about.At one point in the game Damien Wilson was blatantly held when trying to get to Carson Wentz. The quarterback ultimately made a nice throw on the play, but when NBC went back to it for a second look all Cris Collinsworth could do was obsess over the fact that Wentz made the throw despite his wristband being pulled by Wilson. He didn’t at all mention the hold itself. How?Be better, officials.Loser: Brett Maher and the idea of stability at kickerBrett Maher’s miss in the final seconds of the Cowboys game in Washington isn’t something that he should be charged with too severely, we’ve been over that.Maher missed a field goal in consecutive games when he followed up his Washington miss by whiffing on his first attempt against the Tennessee Titans last Monday night. He’s now not only missed in consecutive games twice in a row but he’s missed in three consecutive games for the first time as he also failed to connect at one point during the win in Philadelphia.We’re not necessarily at a point where we need to freak out about Maher Tyrone Crawford Jersey , but misses in three straight games does raise some red flags. Hopefully he bounces back in Atlanta where the Cowboys are going to need all the points that they can get.Winning sure does feel good, doesn’t it? They say winning cures all, but the Cowboys are far from totally healed. While this week will be a lot more enjoyable than last there are still issues that the Cowboys are going to have to address if they want to keep this type of success up on a consistent basis. Let’s all hope that they do. For now, let’s enjoy. Jason Garret is rightly getting eviscerated today by pretty much everyone for his tepid handling of the final seconds of Sunday’s debilitating 20-17 defeat to the Washington Redskins. Our own R.J. Ochoa made the case for why Garrett should have been more aggressive. On the live broadcast former Cowboys’ quarterback Tony Romo went through the options available as the action unfolded. Fans were not impressed. I made my feelings known in my grades for the game:Jason Garrett going conservative and mismanaging end-of-game situations is nothing new. In fact, Garrett once mismanaged a game in the exact same manner back in 2011. 1. Dallas @ Arizona, Week 13, 2011Dallas went into Arizona in week 13, leading the NFC East with a 7-4 record. The game was tied at 13 late in the fourth quarter when Tony Romo led the team from the Cowboys 32 to the Cardinals 46. Thirty-one seconds remained when Romo then hit Dez Bryant for 15 yards to take the ball to the 31-yard line, but with the clock running. Dallas had two timeouts remaining. The obvious choice to make was to immediately call timeout to run at least a couple plays to get closer for a more manageable field goal. Garret instead chose to let the clock run down to eight seconds before having Romo spike the ball to set up a 49-yard field goal.He didn’t trust his quarterback, or his team, to make a play. Predictably, Dan Bailey missed the kick and the Cowboys lost in overtime. This video shows the clock ticking away those precious seconds. This started a four losses in five games end-of-season skid that saw them team finish 8-8 and miss an NFC East division title by one game. Garrett literally made the exact same mistake yesterday that he made back in 2011.2. Dallas @ Baltimore, Week 6, 2012Then we have a week six game at the Baltimore Ravens in 2012. The Cowboys trailed by eight when Romo led a late, 17-play drive for a four-yard touchdown to Dez Bryant with 36 seconds remaining. A two-point try failed leaving the Cowboys in a desperate onside kick situation. Miraculously, the Cowboys recovered the onside kick and took over at their 46 with 32 seconds remaining. Romo’s pass drew a pass interference call to move the ball to the Baltimore 34. A short completion to Dez Bryant moved the ball to the Ravens 34. There were 22 seconds on the clock and Dallas had one timeout remaining. Rather than trying to move closer for a more manageable field goal, Garrett chose to let the clock run down to eight seconds before having Romo spike the ball. The team was totally confused on what to do as the game clock ticked away. Predictably, Dan Bailey missed the 51-yard attempt. Dallas finished 8-8 and missed an NFC East division title by one game. It doesn’t take a mathematical genius to find a trend here. Jason Garrett has made the exact same decisions to eschew attempting any kind of play to avoid lengthy field goals Authentic Jaylon Smith Jersey , then watched his kicker miss the field goal on three different occasions. It’s mind-numbing.3. Dallas @ New England, Week 6, 2011And of course these aren’t the only ways Garrett has gone conservative and had it blow up in his face. Again in 2011 the Cowboys had a chance at victory in New England. The Cowboys led 16-13 after Garrett called for a safe (and unsuccessful) shovel pass on third-and-goal from the Patriots five-yard line, resulting in a field goal. After a defensive stop Dallas then took over with 3:36 remaining. A couple first downs would have sealed the victory; even a single first down would have put New England in a desperate situation.Here’s the play-by-play in that situation:DeMarco Murray up the middle for -2 yards.DeMarco Murray right tackle for -1 yards. Tyron Smith false startTashard Choice right tackle 8 yardsMat McBriar puntThe Patriots were lining up ten men at the line of scrimmage but Garrett stubbornly ran the ball straight into the stacked box on first and second down, leaving them facing a 3rd-and-13. He didn’t trust his quarterback or his team to make a play. It doesn’t take much vision to imagine how the rest of the game turned out when Tom Brady took over with over two minutes remaining. The Cowboys lost 20-16. 4. Dallas vs Green Bay, Divisional Round, 2016Then we have the final seconds of the team’s heartbreaking 34-31 defeat to the Green Bay Packers in the divisional round of the 2016 season. I wrote about it extensively. Remember, Dallas had trailed 21-3 in the first half, leaving them with an 8% likelihood of winning. The Green Bay game was different in that Garrett’s issue wasn’t a lack of aggression, it was simply a failure to optimize the situation.5. Dallas @ Houston, Week 5, 2018And I doubt anyone has forgotten that two weeks ago Garrett again played it conservatively choosing to punt, rather than go for a fourth-and-one play in overtime against the Houston Texans. He didn’t trust his team to make a play. The end result - again - was a Cowboys’ defeat. A few things to note:Almost all the games were road games. Garrett seems to have no willingness, whatsoever, to be aggressive on the road. It has bitten him repeatedly and yet he continues to make the same predictable, conservative calls. Garrett repeatedly takes the ball out of his player’s hands. Every one of these instances are examples of Garrett not having faith in his players to execute properly and essentially “giving up” and settling for lengthy field goal attempts or punts.I wrote about the message this sends to your players following the Houston fiasco:Considering Jerry Jones’ love of risk, I can’t imagine he’s happy to have a team coached by a man with no stomach for risk-taking. Garrett is rightly getting roasted today. His tepid ways are likely going to see him somewhere else soon.

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