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Cowboys Game Ball of the week: The defense was the bright spo

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t in loss to Panthers There is plenty of negative news coming out of the Cowboys 2018 season-opener loss to the Panthers. An anemic showing by the offense has basically overpowered any other narrative. Now that we’ve had a little bit of time to sit back and digest , we should recognize the fact that the Cowboys defense was ready to play. The offense and special teams (we’re looking at you Brett Maher) need to figure out their issues rather quickly, but if the Cowboys defense keeps playing like they did on Sunday, the team will be in position to win some football games.For a game ball award, we’ll go ahead and pick one member of the defense for special recognition. DeMarcus LawrenceThe Cowboys star defensive end didn’t disappoint as he had six solo tackles, three tackles for loss, one sack and one fumble recovery. The Lawrence we saw last year showed up again this year. Not only was he making plays, but several T.V. shots of the defense between plays showed Lawrence talking to his fellow defenders, exhorting them to perform. In short, he was leading. For his efforts Youth Sean Lee Jersey , Tank gets the game ball.While we’re here, let’s talk about the defense as a whole. First off, the most important metric - 16 points allowed. Normally, you’re going to win a lot of games allowing only 16 points. Scoring defense is the number one stat and the Cowboys defense passed, especially on a day when their offense gave them no help at all.During the game, we were all focusing like a laser on the Cowboys awful offense, so it was easy to miss some of the things the defense did. Like forcing two fumbles and recovering one. They also almost had an interception.Cam Newton only passed for 161 yards and had an 82.4 QB rating. The Panthers were four of 12 on third-down conversions and they were held under 300 yards (293). The defense came up with three sacks on the day.Yes, it’s kind of ridiculous to do comparative stats with other defenses after Week 1, but they do show how well the Cowboys did. They are fifth in total yards allowed Color Rush Byron Jones Jersey , they are sixth in scoring defense, and they are ninth in sacks.Where they did fall down is in rushing defense. The team could not solve the problem of Cam Newton running the ball, he was Carolina’s leading rusher with 58 yards. They also allowed 4.6 yards per attempt, some of this has to do with Sean Lee’s terrible performance. One would hope he’ll turn things around quickly.All in all, though, Cowboys fans should at least be pleased with this side of the ball. At least one of the three phases of the game came ready to play, while the offense and special teams need to prove themselves in Week 2. It wasn’t exactly an explosive stat line that will be featured on SportsCenter or anything. In fact, the numbers were pretty ordinary. In his first game with the Dallas Cowboys, Amari Cooper caught five passes for 58 yards and one touchdown. Wide receivers Color Rush Chidobe Awuzie Jersey , even pedestrian ones, turn in that kind of line on a regular basis around the NFL.So while we’re not going to say that the trade of a first-round pick was worth it just yet, we will say that Cooper was the Cowboys best receiver on the field and looks like he can produce, as long as his quarterback and offensive coordinator help him along. Jerry Jones was pleased with Cooper’s first game.Dak Prescott called him a mismatch.Cooper played roughly 80% of the offensive snaps, which is impressive in itself considering he just arrived with the team two weeks ago. The Cowboys lined Cooper up in various spots during the game, on the outside and in the slot along with moving to the right and left sides of the formation. Cooper had eight targets on the game, and that was a team-high but for this offense to get going they may have to feed him more. Except when he’s double-covered in the end zone. At that point, Dak Prescott, you may want to check it down to the open guy or at least throw it out of the back of the end zone.Cooper is quick getting in and out of his breaks during a route. He looks like Cole Beasley Color Rush Joe Looney Jersey , only bigger. Check out the footwork and quickness in tight spaces on these routes.There was enough from Amari Cooper in this game to believe that he can be a weapon on offense and justify the trade down the road. The issue isn’t Cooper, but those around him. Dak Prescott, Scott Linehan and Jason Garrett are the guys that can hold Cooper back. If they don’t improve quickly, it will be Cooper catching passes and listening to play-calls from different people in the not-so-distant Cowboys future.

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