The victory against the Football Team on Sunday night was important. However, what was most relevant was the way the offense acted. This time he will have a superior opponent also on that side of the ball in the Cardinals. Their main threat is in the front line, although in the secondary part they have some injury drawbacks.
Offensive line vs. Pass rushers
The unit in question doesn’t have as many glitzy names. The high-profile name is JJ Watt, but the three-time defender of the year is injured. Although there is someone who is a star even though he may not have the massive recognition of Watt. That reference goes to an excellent OLB like Chandler Jones.
This season he is not the leader in sacks for his team because he missed two games due to injury. However, he must be the first man to neutralize. Jones is capable of really ruining the pace of the offense if he’s in a big day. Beyond the fact that his total of 9.5 sacks includes five in week 1, you have to pay attention to it.
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The other item that complements him very well is Marcus Golden. Another edge rusher with an outstanding season is what awaits the offensive line. Golden is a former Giants so maybe that helps from the foreknowledge. His stats mark him as dangerous as he totaled eleven QB takedowns and four forced fumbles.
The good news for the Cowboys is that there was an evolution in this area. Although Dak Prescott was sacked twice during the first offensive series against Washington in the SNF, the linemen finished with a solid performance. Good news could be the return of left tackle Tyron Smith after missing the last two games.
Runners vs. Ground defense
Arizona did not have such an efficient production in this sector. So far he ranks 15th allowing 113.7 yards per game and 24th with 4.5 yards conceded per carry. In his fall to the Colts on Saturday, running back Jonathan Taylor rushed for 108 yards. However, 43 came on the first offensive snap.
From then on they managed to contain the best RB of the moment, so it is an interesting precedent. Ezekiel Elliott’s numbers in the opening half were not at all extraordinary at getting 30 yards on the ground, but he did so with great effectiveness getting five per attempt. Elliott’s physical improvement served a lot on Sunday. Especially to become the goal zone.
Although the presence of Tony Pollard is going to be another relevant factor. The Cardinals have a very talented young linebackers in Isaiah Simmons. A Top 10 pick from last year, Simmons is showing a good level. That’s why the speed Pollard can add overland will be important.
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Open vs. Defensive backs
Amari Cooper’s complaints about her lack of involvement in the offense had their intended effect. The wide receiver once again saw a significant number of targets on Sunday Night Football against Washington and rewarded. Cooper finished with seven receptions for 85 yards along with a touchdown.
Next Sunday the numbers of the wide receivers could be increased by some inconveniences in the rival defense. While the unit is in fifth place in yards awarded through the air at 210.7 per match, there will be options to exploit. Cornerback Byron Murphy had more than acceptable productions, but he is the only fixed piece.
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The injuries to both Robert Alford and Marco Wilson raised some concern. For that reason they would sign Bashaud Breeland after being cut by the Vikings. The veteran is a very nice addition, although he must overcome the covid protocol. The little training time may open up opportunities due to the potential lack of communication with your new teammates.
One tool Kellen Moore can’t forget is Budda Baker. The safety that is capable of appearing on either side must be a priority on every play. Baker has managed three interceptions so far, although in turn he tends to line up near the line of scrimmage to pressure the quarterback. The good thing in this case is that the offense above an outstanding performance.