Mike McCarthy knows a sense of fast momentum on the way to the playoffs battle. This is the first time the Dallas Cowboys have been coaches last year.
Former Green Bay coaches finally felt when star quarterback Aaron Rodgers was injured four years before things turned south during his long tenure with the Packers.
Last week’s fifth week of Dak Prescott’s end-of-season ankle injury had much to do with McCarthy’s Dallas debut being unexploded from almost the beginning.
Prescott is spectacular with his return leading an adaptive attack, and the Cowboys (3-1) are a chance for many experts to Dallas.
“We had to win earlier this year,” McCarthy said. “It’s been clear since last year. We still rate it the same and evaluate whether we win. I’m not that big on the comparison. It’s not so fair to this team in the past. I I love it. The atmosphere of our group. “
Despite finishing 6-10 last year, the Cowboys have won one straight win, so the three consecutive wins aren’t really new to Dallas’ McCarthy. The problem was that it happened when the team was 3-9 years old after Prescott and a few other key players were injured in the attack.
This time around, Dallas took first place in the NFC East for the second straight week after beating previously undefeated Carolina 36-28 in a Cowboys match that scored 22 points in the fourth quarter.
“It’s a long way to go,” said Prescott, who threw four touchdowns in a 188-yard pass. “Our expectations and standards are to be the highest. Whether we are 3-1 or what the record is, it’s about the next match.”
What is working
The aggressive production shift from openers to the present is noteworthy. Prescott threw 403 yards, but the Cowboys basically ignored the running game, which lost to the Buccaneers 31-29. In three games since then, Dallas has been rushing an average of 201 yards.
Ezekiel Elliott ran 143 yards in the season’s first three-digit match against the Panthers. The Panthers have participated in the NFL’s leading game in all three defensive yard categories: Total, Rush, and Pass. Tony Pollard will play at least 60 yards in three consecutive games for the first time in a season of more than two years.
“We did a great job of getting the game running,” Elliott said. “If you can do that, then you can do anything.”
What you need help with
The Cowboys eliminated a one-point half-time deficit with three TD passes from Prescott in the third quarter, but played against Carolina in the fourth quarter. It was a one-score game when Dallas owned it leaving 4:31. The dominant running game has begun again and the Cowboys have run out of time.
“I played really well in the first month of the season, but the biggest thing I want to see is playing a complete game,” Elliott said. “I feel like I’ve taken my foot off the accelerator pedal.”
Trevon Diggs was the first Dallas player to intercept in each of the first four games, playing two against the Panthers in five NFL-leading games. The second-year pro is the fourth player since 1990, intercepting each of the first four games, Devin McCourty (2019, New England), Brian Russell (2003, Minnesota), Otis Smith. Joined (New York Jets, 1995).
Despite snapping the wide receiver to Carolina, CeeDee Lamb had only two catches at 13 yards. His pick-up yard is steadily declining weekly as the first round of 2020 picks were 107 yards against Tampa Bay.
While Carolina was repulsing, Diggs sat in the fourth quarter due to back tension, but said he could have returned. … WR Amari Cooper missed some play early due to hamstring issues, but returned to record a touchdown and lead the cowboy with a 69-yard receive. … WR Michael Gallup (calf tension) is eligible to be off the injured list. … LB Kianunir and DE Bradley Anae may be ready to return after missing two games due to the COVID-19 protocol.
3-Number of newcomers who have at least half a bag against Carolina. Micah Parsons had something to give him a 2 1/2 sack to lead the team, while Osa Odighizwa and Chansey Golston each had a half sack. This is the first time the Cowboys have had three rookies in the quarterback in the same game since DeMarcus Ware, Chris Canty and Jay Ratliff appeared in Auckland in 2005.
The Cowboys finished their three-game home stand against the New York Giants on Sunday. The New York Giants are the second enemy in the NFC East area in the range. The same stadium where Prescott broke his right ankle and dislocated last year, and the same opponent in the same week.