Dake Prescott and la’el Collins had reason to smile following their November triumph in Atlanta, a game by which Collins developed a fumble recovery.
FRISCO, Texas — Margins of error are small from the NFL. Loss or A win can hinge on a play there or here, late or early.
The Dallas Cowboys are about the border of promising that their second NFC East title in three phases as a result of a five-game winning streak that started Nov. 1-2 at Philadelphia. The Cowboys were considered to be a dead team after their 35 record in first half, however they left a 27-20 victory against the Eagles to Lincoln Financial Field and have not stopped since.
In that game — as well as the four as — there have been moments that swung things into the Cowboys’ favor.
Nov. 11 at the Philadelphia Eagles
The specific situation: Cowboys lead 27-20 with two minutes remaining in the game. Philadelphia gets the ball at the Dallas 30, confronting third-and-2.
The drama: The Cowboys have been in their nickel defense — five defensive guards — contrary to the Eagles’ disperse look. At the snap, Leighton Vander Esch‘s eyes do not leave running Corey Clement. The Cowboys attract five pass-rushers using Jaylon Smith on a blitz.
As Clement shuffles to his right, Vander Esch eyes and shuffles wide with Eagles centre Jason Kelce and right guard Brandon Brooks, devoting their eyesight to the Cowboys’ linebacker. Vander Esch begins to creep toward the apartment, Since Wentz Forged to throw to Clement surface. Kelce and Brooks can not catch him and he trips Clement to get a loss .
The Eagles have a first down at least or a major drama at the maximum on a drive In case Vander Esch does not create the drama. Vander Esch’s analysis of the situation was similar to veteran linebacker Sean Lee, who’s had an uncanny capacity to diagnose plays fast and slip blockers to produce tackles for loss.
On fourth-and-7, Wentz reach tight end Zach Ertz to get a 6-yard gain with safety Jeff Heath which makes the first-down economy handle. In a more positive spot to get a first down, the Eagles would have been without Vander Esch’s stop.
“I knew these were planning to try out something kind of amazing,” Vander Esch said after the game. “They strove that screen, and that I knew was forthcoming. I just put myself in place to ensure that I had been out to return, if anything, and made the drama “
Nov. 18, at the Atlanta Falcons
The specific situation The Cowboys lead 96 from the third quarter however face a large third-and-1 from their 45.
The drama: The Cowboys stock up using 1-3 personnel — one rear and three tight ends. At the snap, centre Joe Looney is beat, forcing Ezekiel Elliott to quickly change direction while in the backfield. Former Cowboys defensive lineman Jack Crawford tracks Elliott down as the runner is lunging to the first down and pokes the ball .
Grady Jarrett, that interrupted the drama to start with, is about to pounce on the loose ball when it’s accidentally kicked by De’Vondre Campbell. Right handle La’el Collins jumps on the back end, giving the Cowboys’ the first-down conversion.
“That would be a remarkably considerable play in my own head,” coach Jason Garrett explained.
Six plays after, Dak Prescott needed a touchdown run to get a 12-9 lead.
The specific situation The Cowboys trail 13-10 in the third quarter and also are confronting third-and-2 from the Washington 40.
At various sections of the game, the Redskins had paired up Josh Norman on Cooper, however they didn’t this moment, putting Quinton Dunbar on him. Subsequent to the game, Cooper said the ball was not assumed to come his way predicated on the look that was pre-snap. He left a quick fake to the side line and aggressively changed his direction to come back under with Beasley running wide to select the slot recipient out of this picture. Safety Ha Ha Clinton Dix slid far up to the side line believing Cooper was conducting a deep route and had not been constantly in place for assistance.
Dunbar was so flummoxed by Cooper’s change of leadership he dropped down and Prescott hit him stride, causing a touchdown pass that helped the Cowboys take the lead.
The Cowboys scored 21 points at the next 7:36, including a touchdown from Cooper.
“He does it all,” Prescott said. “His route-running, his creating space, his strength once we see him contested catches. Not only this, but busting tackles. As you saw, his speed from the open field to try to escape from people. This makes him dangerous”
Nov. 29, vs. the Saints
The specific situation The Cowboys held a 10-0 lead at the second quarter however for each the dominance the Saints seemed poised to score a touchdown using third-and-goal from the 4.
The drama: The Cowboys answered the Saints’ vacant backfield look by using their nickel personnel. Before the snap, running Alvin Kamara moves into a speed motion to find the defense believing about a jet sweep however does not get the chunk.
The Cowboys have been in zone and then take-away Drew Brees‘ risks to his right. He immediately transforms the ball to his left to Kamara, who’s only corner back Byron Jones to be at for a touchdown. By simply pushing Kamara back inside, jones does his occupation but he can not hang on to him. He did slow him down enough for Jaylon Smith to really make the tackle at the Dallas inch.
Smith’s closing speed was impressive. He had been on the hashmark when the ball threw was able to pummel Kamara after 10 actions to establish fourth-and-goal. Against many guards and linebackers, that might have been a touchdown. On fourth down, DeMarcus Lawrence stops Kamara on a hand-off as a result of the work of Vander Esch and Tyrone Crawford, that stand up two Saints offensive linemen.
The specific situation In overtime, the Cowboys faced fourth-and-1 from the Philadelphia 1 9. The Eagles would have a chance to get the game in their possession, although A field goal would have given the guide to the Cowboys.
The drama: On third-and-1, the Cowboys went with 2-1 personnel — two guards, a tight end — to try pickup a first down but Elliott has been stopped for no gain to create fourth down. Garrett did not look at a field target. He had been going to it had two tight ends and Noah Brown, their best blocking receiver, on the field but had to call out a time with the play clock running .
Personnel were changed by the Cowboys to three tight ends and one back. The Eagles had nine defenders from the package. They knew that what was forthcoming.
“Allow me the rock,” Elliott explained.
The left side of the lineup blocked down but rookie tight end Dalton Schultz was beaten at the snap from Brandon Graham, forcing Elliott to his left at which a un-blocked Malcolm Jenkins had been awaiting. Elliott was willing to hold Jenkins for a yard and a first down.
Three plays later Cooper and Prescott hooked up for a touchdown and the Cowboys had their triumph.