Grading The Cowboys Week Six Performance

October 19, 2021

The Dallas Cowboys did essentially everything possible to lose in week six. Dallas racked up 115 penalty yards as well as a fumble and an interception. The penalty yards alone should have helped Dallas lose the game. However, Dallas did not need a pretty game to win as they won 35-29 in overtime to improve to 5-1 on the season. There is plenty to grade from week six for Dallas and that can be good or bad. Let’s grade the Cowboys week six performance.

Pass Offense: A-

If you take away the interception, Dak Prescott played one of his best games this season or even of his career. Prescott finished with 445 passing yards and three touchdowns. Prescott now has 1,813 yards, 16 touchdowns and a 70.6 completion percentage. In week six Prescott tore up the Patriots defense especially on the game-tying and game-winning scores. Prescott was not sacked in any of his 51 pass attempts making for a big afternoon for him. The pass game has been consistent this season and week six was yet another version of their success this season.

Run Offense: C+

I mentioned in my preview of this game that New England would more than likely eliminate the run game. While Dallas was still able to get 122 yards total, this is a down game compared to how the run game has been working before week six. Dallas only averaged 3.9 yards per carry in week six and the New England defense showed that Dak would have to beat them with his arm. Obviously Dak stepped up but hopefully this is not the start of a downward trend for a dominate running back group.

Passing Defense: B+

Dallas was able to force an interception and a fumble on Mac Jones but otherwise he was efficient. However, Dallas surrendered a 75-yard touchdown only one play after they picked off Jones. Dallas also managed two sacks both by Randy Gregory which helped. Overall, the Dallas pass defense did their job when necessary but nothing spectacular other than yet another interception by Trevon Diggs. Maybe the week seven bye week will give them time to regroup and get back on track.

Run Defense: C

The Dallas run defense was essentially non existent in week six. Patriots running back Damien Harris had 101 rushing yards on 18 carries and one touchdown. New England commanded the line of scrimmage in week six and Dallas had no answer. The Dallas run defense has had some holes and in week six New England made them pay. Again, a bye week in week seven could be rather beneficial for the Dallas defense altogether not just specific parts of the defense.

Overall Grade: B+

Dallas did not play well in some areas and that was the truth in week six. With an unhealthy amount of penalties, a few turnovers and bad defense at times, they should have lost. However, Dallas rode the back of Dak Prescott to a victory in Foxborough for the first time since 1987 and a win against the Patriots for the first time since 1996. It was not pretty but Dallas got the job done hence a B+ grade and that is being generous. Dallas will definitely enjoy their bye week to rest and regroup.

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