By Dane Howell
Sunday September , 10th the Dallas Cowboys took on the New York Giants, and many fans were concerned. Last year, the Dallas defense was a concern all year more specifically the defensive line. Fans were upset all year about “getting no pressure” and putting tons of pressure on our DB’s. The Dallas Cowboys defense was ranked a modest 16th in the NFL with 36 sacks and near the bottom in QB pressures.
The Dallas Cowboys vs the New York Giants in 2016
Last year the Dallas Cowboys were a whopping 0-2 against the Giants and quite frankly they were the only team that the Cowboys could NOT figure out. Each one of the 2 games were lost by 1 possession in 2016, and the Cowboys opened up against the Giants in week 1 with a chip on their shoulders as they absolutely dominated on Sunday night 19-3. While the score doesn’t tell the whole story, the stats, and the highlights do.
Stats from week 1 vs the Giants from 2016
The score from week 1 in 2016 was 20-19 Giants, and was a devastating loss for Dak & the Cowboys. The Giants offense moved the ball for 316 yards on 54 snaps for a small 9 drives. The stat that stuck out the most to me from that game was the 100% redzone efficiency from the Giants as they were 3-3 in the redzone. The Dallas Defense had a total of 2 sacks, 1 int, and 0 forced fumbles. That one interception was fomo 2016 breakout star Anthony Brown, forcing the Cowboys only turnover of that game. This will be significant when I get to talking about the 2017 matchup. The Dallas defense gave up 18 first downs in this week 1 matchup vs. the Giants in 2016.
Stats from week 1 vs the giants from 2017
The score form this week 1 matchup was 19-3 Cowboys, and wow what a game it was. All the way from big Witt breaking 3 records to Jaylon Smith dominating his debut game. This time around the Giants pushed the ball for 233 yards on 54 snaps and 10 drives. Now I may note the similarities ofthese stats to the week 1 2016 matchup ( 316 yards on 54 snaps for a small 9 drives ). The only difference is the 2017 Cowboys defense took out 83 yards, 1 snap, and 1 drive. This time, the redzone efficiency for the Giants was slimmed down to an amazing 0% from the 0-1 attempt that was savedby a sack from DE Charles Tapper, who was also making his NFL debut on Sunday Night. Now this time the Cowboys defense racked up 3 sacks, 1 int again by Anthony Brown (hey there’s that man again), and 1 forced fumble by the man himself, Jaylon Smith, making his debut in the NFL with 7 Tackles and 1 FF. Jaylon also helped lead the Cowboys defense to a win, holding the Giants to just 3 points.
What does this mean for the Cowboys coming into week 2 vs the Denver Broncos?
This all means that we get to look forward to a defense getting the ball back in our offenses hands more often. This means more big time Zeke runs and clutch throws by Dak. We should also be excited about how well Jaylon Smith played and how he will continue to progress. Jaylon came out and played like he was in college before his very gruesome injury that was said to be impossible to come back from. Well he did it and he did it with immaculate play. Also we should all be very excited about how amazing Demarcus “Tank” Lawrence. He came out and pretty much shocked the Dallas Cowboys world. He absolutely played like a DE1 should be playing and I think we can all look forward to a 13 sack season as he already has 2. Although Jaylon Smith has been balling, that hasn’t slowed down Sean lee one bit. It looked to me as if Sean Lee is already in mid-season form and that he is ready to get a ring on his finger. Last thing that I wanted to mention was Anthony Brown has absolutely shocked me and continues to do it every time he is on the field. I see him being our CB1/CB2 by mid-season, and I have full confidence that he is a shut down corner in this league.
My week 2 prediction for Cowboys vs Broncos
Dallas 28 – Denver 13
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