Game by Game Analyses/Team Grades/Player of the Week Honors

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2017 Schedule

Regular Season

Week 1 vs New York Giants Win 19-3 1-0

Analysis: The Cowboys came out very strong on their SNF debut, severally controlling the line of scrimmage as well as the time of possession. Those were the two most important factors in the game. Congratulations to Jason Witten on passing the all-time great, Michael Irvin, on most career receiving yardage in Dallas Cowboy history!

Team Grade: B+

Player of the Week Honor: Jason Witten 7 catches 59 yards 1 TD, Ezekiel Elliott 24 carries 104 yards 5 catches 36 yards, Jaylon Smith 7 tackles 1 FF

Week 2 @ Denver Broncos Loss 42-17 1-1

Analysis: Just an awful performance on both sides of the ball, in particular the defense. This is not a good sign, mainly because Denver isn’t known to have a strong offense and the Cowboys defense was helpless giving up an unacceptable 42 points. Would have been an F if Lawrence and Lewis didn’t make the plays they did on D.

Team Grade: D-

Player of the Week Honor: Jason Witten (2x), Demarcus Lawrence, Jourdan Lewis

Week 3 @ Arizona Cardinals Win 28-17 2-1

Analysis: This was a really good performance on both sides, especially in the last 45 minutes in which their dominance was very evident. Zeke also chipped in with 94 total yards and Maliek Collins had 2 sacks.

Team Grade: A-

Player of the Week Honor: Dak Prescott, Demarcus Lawrence

Week 4 vs. Los Angeles Rams Loss 35-30 2-2

Analysis: Overall, a poor performance by the Cowboys. However, one of the better games we have seen from WR Dez Bryant in awhile. The offense also played well putting up a respectable 30 points.

Team Grade: C+

Player of the Week Honor: Dez Bryant 5 catches 98 yards

Week 5 @ Green Bay Packers Loss 35-31 2-3

Analysis: A poor collapse by the Cowboys overlooked some thick silver lining. Ezekiel Elliott continued to run well with a big game, and the potential of David Irving continued to come into fruition rapidly.

Team Grade: B-

Player of the Week Honor: Ezekiel Elliott 29 rushes 116 yards, David Irving 2 sacks

Week 6: BYE

Analysis: The Bye Week has come at a perfect time for the Cowboys as they have been struggling as of late. They have some very winnable gaming coming up that can positively turn their tide.

Week 6 @ San Fransisco 49ers Win 40-10 3-3

Analysis:

Team Grade: A+

Player of the Week Honor:

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Preseason

HOF Game vs. Arizona Cardinals Win 20-18

Analysis: This was a pretty good way to start the season. The members of the first-team defense that were in didn’t look great, but some did show flashes. The team did show a lot of depth as Rico Gathers had a big game. Similar running depth, Rod Smith carried a big load along with Alfred Morris. Finally, it looks like they might have a nice future backup in Cooper Rush.

Team Grade: B

Player of the Week Honor: Rico Gathers 3 catches 59 yards 1 TD

Week 1 @ Los Angeles Rams Loss 13-10

Analysis: A similar performance to last week, depth looked good. With the pending suspension to Ezekiel Elliott, Darren McFadden came out strong in attempt to prove that he can carry the load in the meantime. Now a serious trend is developing as young tight end Rico Gathers is developing into a matchup nightmare after another great game. Undrafted quarterback, Cooper Rush again put on a great performance with Gathers and WR Noah Brown being his go-to targets. Defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli called first round pick Taco Charlton out in the media last week and Taco came out strong with a big first sack.

Team Grade: B-

Player of the Week Honor: Rico Gathers(2x) 4 catches 47 yards 1 TD and Cooper Rush 9-11 104 yards 1 TD

Week 2 vs. Indianapolis Colts W 24-19

Analysis: A game where the entire team looked strong. The first team offense (without Zeke) came out and marched down the field scoring a touchdown from Dak to Dez while making it look oh so easy. Jaylon Smith made his long awaited debut and looked fired and and strong coming into the gaps. Although a few minor mistakes and at times Smith didn’t look strong coming off his initial step using his left foot, he still looked great and everybody is so happy for him that he has come all this way. As for the backup quarterback role, Cooper Rush is making a very strong case as this is now three of three game in which he has played well, the last two being near perfect. On the otherhand, Kellen Moore is struggling come back from his injury in last years training camp. Finally, the running back battle is in full effect as Darren McFadden (9 for 59 with a fumble), Alfred Morris (9 for 49), and Rod Smith (7 for 53) all looked very good out there. Next game against the Raiders it will be interesting to see how they perform, even more interesting will be to see Zeke’s year two preseason debut.

Team Grade: A

Player of the Week Honor: Dak Prescott 7-8 106 yards 1 TD, Dez Bryant 2 catches 55 yards 1 TD, Jaylon Smith (NFL Debut) third down tackle, Cooper Rush 8-9 92 yards 2 TD(2x)

Week 3 vs. Oakland Raiders W 24-20

Analysis: It is official: it seems Cooper Rush has finally won the backup quarterback role for the Cowboys. The running backs looked good (including Zeke) and Jason Witten was in postseason form.

Team Grade: A-

Player of the Week Honor: Dak Prescott 11-14 113 yards 1 TD 2 carries 8 yards, Jason Witten 6 catches 74 yards 1 TD, Cooper Rush 12-13 115 yards 2 TD 1 carry 13 yards

Week 4 vs. Houston Texans CANCELLED

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Dallas Cowboys DCFD 2017 MVP: ???

Published by: Nicco Vocaturo

 

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