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Well that was fun! All the talk before for the game focused on how the 49ers had lost their previous 5 games by a combined total of 13 points. Make that the last 6 games by a total of 43 points. The Cowboys offense played with the 49ers D like a cat plays with a mouse, teasing them and letting them think that they had a chance before striking.
Zeke had more yards on the field that I had around the house all day, Dak made smart decisions and looks like he’s in the zone. The receivers, the O-Line, the TE’s and all the running backs not called Zeke played well and made the most of their opportunities.
Elliott showed his full range of talents. He ran for those tough yards inside the 5, he ran for those yards where pace is going to pull you clear of any would-be tacklers and he got those yards after catch, tiptoeing down the side-line and almost tripping himself up before cutting inside for the score. He didn’t stop there, when Dak needed protection in the pocket, it was Zeke who picked up a rushing defender.
It’s nice when, for the last 5 or 6 minutes, the team can bring on Cooper Rush, Joe Looney at the deodorant position (Right Guard) and some of the other guys who wouldn’t normally see much game time. Making Rush active for the game over Moore as the backup QB is bad news for Kellen Moore, and it got worse when he got cut earlier this week. It looks like the Cowboys are banking that he won’t get picked up and he can join the practice squad at a later date. Although I’m not a Kellen Moore fan he is a good insurance policy to have around, just in case.
49ers QB, Beathard, was given a starting QB baptism of fire by Lawrence, Irving, Crawford and anyone else to could get to him. Jaylon Smith recorded his first NFL sack as the defense showed just how much better they are now that Lee and Hitchens have returned from injury.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a Cowboys game without something happening to put a downer on the day. Losing Dan Bailey to a groin injury is a massive blow to the kicking game, he is head and shoulders above any other kicker in the NFL. Although Jeff Heath’s extra points ticked all the boxes, wide, hit the post and in and straight down the middle and his kick offs weren’t bad, the Cowboys have decided to go with experienced kicker, Mike Nugent.
Week 6 Preview
If the game against the 49ers was a must win game then so is this. A divisional game against the old enemy, at their place makes this a really tough game. Added to the rivalry is that both teams are chasing the Eagles for the NFC East crown, Washington losing to them 24-34 last weekend.
Dallas come into this buoyed by the win over San Francisco, the offence is clicking and looks like it can go through the gears when it needs to. Dak is going to have to be on his toes to avoid the inevitable pass rush and Zeke is going to find yards hard to come by early on, Alfred Morris would like nothing better than putting one over his old team and there could be some rotation at RB in the first half. I’m expecting Dallas to look for Witten and Beasley over the middle to keep the chains moving. Butler and Williams could take the focus away from Dez while he has his usual verbal exchanges with Josh Norman.
Defensively, the pass rush has to start where they finished last week. The Washington O line is pretty banged up and the way that Lawrence and Co have been playing could mean that it’s a long game for Kurt Cousins.
Washington will feel that they’re in with a chance if it’s tight going into the 4th quarter so Dallas could really do with at least a 2 score lead at the end of the 3rd.
Prediction: Cowboys 28 Washington 24
The young San-Fran field general Beat-Hard was forced to bend the knee to King Dak and Prince Zeke as House Dallas slaughtered the Golden Helmets of House San-Fran.
Onwards to the greatest enemy of House Dallas, the House of Washington. Led by their latest Field General, Cousin Kurt.
Cousin Kurt started life as an honest serf, and was known as KC to all that knew him. He joined a band of followers of the Sun God and the light that came from the Sun. Whilst with the Sunshine Band (as they became known) KC met Joanna, who was the Queen of clubs, and they cherished each moment they spent together. Despite being happy he, unfortunately, had to give it up and join House Washington. He has looked forlorn ever since and refuses to commit to House Washington, although the House elders have said please don’t go he longs to go back because that’s the way he liked it.
House Dallas will want to make this another sad day for Cousin Kurt!
The most recent ‘Battle of the Bastards’* proved to be successful for House Philadelphia over House Washington.
*The ‘battles of the Bastards’ take place whenever the Houses of Washington, Philadelphia and New Jersey face each other in combat. The overall victor is known as the Right Bastard, the most defeated is known as the Poor Bastard.
Witten is finally here
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