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  • The undefeated Dallas Cowboys have opened as favorites in New Orleans on Sunday night
    by RJ Ochoa on September 24, 2019 at 12:30 am

    Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports Odds are that Dallas will get to 4-0. There are a lot of people doubting the legitimacy of the Dallas Cowboys and their 3-0 record. They’ve played the New York Giants, Washington Redskins, and Miami Dolphins, and while that should be factored into consideration, it’s hardly the whole story. Dallas is taking care of business against teams that appear to be at the bottom of the NFL’s talent pool, but that will change a bit in Week 4. While there will be no Drew Brees at quarterback, the New Orleans Saints have one of the more hostile environments in the league and are coming off of an impressive road win against the Seattle Seahawks. In spite of that the oddsmakers believe the Cowboys to be the favorite. Initial lines, courtesy of our friends at BetOnline, for the Week 4 matchup between Dallas and New Orleans has the Cowboys as three-point favorites. Home field advantage is generally considered to be worth three points on its own so the Cowboys are effectively six-point favorites or at least they would be on a neutral field. Again, the Superdome is one of the NFL’s more intimidating venues. It could be a promising week for the Cowboys, assuming they take care of their own business, as the Philadelphia Eagles are 1-2 (they’ve also been bit badly by the injury bug) and underdogs in their Thursday night game at Lambeau Field. NFC East lines for Week 4 Philadelphia Eagles at Green Bay Packers (-4) Washington Redskins at New York Giants (-3) Dallas Cowboys (-3) at New Orleans Saints While it looked a bit shaky for a while, the Cowboys ultimately did cover the largest line that they were given against the Miami Dolphins (-23.5). The oddsmakers typically tend to know a thing or two about what they’re doing, hopefully they know something about Sunday night.

  • Monday Night Football live thread: Chicago @ Washington
    by Dave Halprin on September 24, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images The final game of Week 3. Chicago and Washington close out Week 3 of the NFL season. This is an open thread for game chat.

  • Around the NFL (Week 3): How the rest of the league is doing in the early season
    by Matt Holleran on September 23, 2019 at 10:00 pm

    Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images Check out our recap of week three of the regular season. It is hard to believe we are almost finished with Week 3 of the 2019 regular season already. The first few weeks of the season always go by fast, and this year was no exception. Some marquee matchups from Week 3 included Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens traveling to Kansas City to take on Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs. The Detroit Lions going to Philadelphia to take on the Eagles, and the Sunday Night Football matchup which had the Los Angeles Rams heading to Cleveland to take on the Browns. This week we saw six interconference games, and the number of undefeated teams drop to just eight. The Buffalo Bills, New England Patriots, Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco 49ers, Green Bay Packers, Detroit Lions, Dallas Cowboys, and Kansas City Chiefs are the eight unbeaten teams in the NFL to date. Here is your complete list of scores from Week 3. Final Scores Tennessee Titans 7 Jacksonville Jaguars 20 Cincinnati Bengals 17 Buffalo Bills 21 Miami Dolphins 6 Dallas Cowboys 31 Denver Broncos 16 Green Bay Packers 27 Atlanta Falcons 24 Indianapolis Colts 27 Baltimore Ravens 28 Kansas City Chiefs 33 Oakland Raiders 14 Minnesota Vikings 34 New York Jets 14 New England Patriots 30 Detroit Lions 27 Philadelphia Eagles 24 Carolina Panthers 38 Arizona Cardinals 20 New York Giants 32 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31 Houston Texans 27 Los Angeles Chargers 20 Pittsburgh Steelers 20 San Francisco 49ers 24 New Orleans Saints 33 Seattle Seahawks 27 Los Angeles Rams 20 Cleveland Browns 13 Stock Up 1. New Orleans Saints After losing their star quarterback Drew Brees to a thumb injury last week, it was very intriguing to see how the Saints would respond in Week 3. They had to travel to Seattle to take on a 2-0 Seahawks team in Teddy Bridgewater’s first NFL start in over two years. Going into Seattle and winning a game is never an easy task, especially with your backup quarterback, but New Orleans did just that Sunday afternoon. Bridgewater had a solid day, going 19 of 27 for 177 yards and two touchdowns, to go with 161 total yards from Alvin Kamara. The Saints defense played extremely well in the first half, forcing a fumble and returning it for a touchdown, and their special teams returned a punt for a touchdown as well. The final score ended up closer than the game really was, as New Orleans led 27-7 entering the fourth quarter. Despite losing Brees, the Saints showed that are still going to be a tough matchup for any team they face in his absence. .@A_Kamara6 so smooth with it #NOvsSEA : CBS : NFL app // Yahoo Sports appWatch on mobile: https://t.co/qnNxI5gZ8j pic.twitter.com/WPXUerwcBU— NFL (@NFL) September 22, 2019 2. Kyle Allen (Carolina Panthers QB) The Carolina Panthers had an extremely unimpressive start to their 2019 season coming into Sunday’s game. After losing to Tampa Bay last Thursday and falling to 0-2 on the year, Sunday felt like a must win. To make matters worse, quarterback Cam Newton was unable to practice all week due to a foot injury, keeping him out of the game. This meant Carolina had to turn to Kyle Allen, the undrafted free agent who was signed in 2018. Allen was making his second career NFL start, but the former Houston Cougar looked like a ten-year veteran on Sunday. Allen went 19 of 26 for 261 yards and four touchdowns, leading Carolina to a much needed 38-20 win. It will be interesting to see how long Newton’s injury lingers and if the team does not rush him back to give Allen some more playing time. What a homecoming for @KyleAllen_10! He throws his 4th TD of the game! @gregolsen88 #KeepPounding #CARvsAZ : FOX : NFL app // Yahoo Sports appWatch FREE on mobile: https://t.co/qnNxI5gZ8j pic.twitter.com/8YznDbfvgo— NFL (@NFL) September 22, 2019 3. Deshaun Watson (Houston Texans QB) One of the best matchups of Week 3 was the Houston Texans traveling west to take on the Los Angeles Chargers. Both these teams figure to be fighting to make the postseason all year long, so this early meeting carried some extra weight. After a rough Week 2 against Jacksonville, Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson responded in a big way on Sunday. The former Clemson Tiger went 25 of 34 for 351 yards and three touchdowns. Watson did all this despite being under constant duress all day long. The Texans still have serious issues on their offensive line, but made up for it by getting pressure on the opposing quarterback Philip Rivers. To do what Watson did against a solid defense like the Chargers is impressive, and this victory could be a big one for the Texans moving forward. 351 yards and 3 TDs from @deshaunwatson lead the @HoustonTexans over the Chargers! #HOUvsLAC pic.twitter.com/ArP7pz59E1— NFL (@NFL) September 22, 2019 Stock Down 1. Cleveland Browns Offense Coming into the 2019 season, the Cleveland Browns had as much hype around their team as anyone in the league. An offense featuring Baker Mayfield, Odell Beckham, and Jarvis Landry looked ready to set the league on fire, but so far it has looked more like a dumpster fire. Last night against the Rams the Browns offense struggled once again. Mayfield was under constant pressure all night, forcing him to roll out of the pocket and throw off his back foot. They only allowed three sacks on the night, but it easily could have been six to eight if Mayfield was not so elusive. Beckham and Landry together totaled nine catches for 118 yards, but neither was able to find the end zone. Mayfield also finished with a QBR of 64, completing just 50% of his passes. If the Browns want to make the postseason, they have some clear work to do fixing their offense. There goes that man @AaronDonald97.His first sack of 2019! #LARams : #LARvsCLE on NBC : NFL app // Yahoo Sports appWatch free on mobile: https://t.co/77ZAvrHGXr pic.twitter.com/2USyPiF48l— NFL (@NFL) September 23, 2019 2. The Philadelphia Eagles A 3-0 start for the Dallas Cowboys combined with a 1-2 start for the Philadelphia Eagles is music to every Cowboys fan’s ears as we wrap up Week 3. So far the Eagles, who were favored by many to win the NFC, have not lived up to the part. Against the Lions on Sunday the Eagles continued to struggle in many different ways. Philadelphia receivers dropped seven passes on the day, their offensive line gave up constant pressure, and their defense allowed 20 points in the first half. All in all, not a very good day. Even after losing to Atlanta last weekend, this seemed like a game Philly should win fairly easily, but it turned into the exact opposite. Things don’t get any easier for the Eagles, as they have a short week before they take on Aaron Rodgers and the 3-0 Green Bay Packers. "You do not drop that many passes in an NFL game. ... Nelson Agholor was targeted 12 times, comes up with 50 yards. He needed to step up. ... Carson Wentz he hung in there as much as he could, but when you drop the ball that many times, it's hard to overcome it." — @criscarter80 pic.twitter.com/uHYHQkGQUi— First Things First (@FTFonFS1) September 23, 2019 3. Lamar Jackson (Baltimore Ravens QB) Through the first two weeks of the 2019 season, Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson looked like an MVP candidate. The second-year man was dropping dimes and looked night and day better than he did last season. The only problem was, Jackson was facing the Miami Dolphins and Arizona Cardinals. When he got his first real test of the season on Sunday in Kansas City, it did not go so well. Jackson went just 22 of 43 for 267 yards and no touchdowns, fishing with a QBR of 54.1 on the day. After taking a 6-0 lead in the first quarter, Jackson and the Ravens offense was not able to get anything going, being outscored 30-7 in the second and third quarters. It remains to be seen if Jackson can play up to the level we saw in week one and two against more formidable opponents. Key Injuries 1. Saquan Barkley (RB New York Giants) It was not all good news for the New York Giants this weekend. Daniel Jones had an outstanding NFL debut, leading hem to a 32-31 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but the win came at a cost. New York lost their star running back, Saquan Barkley, to an ankle injury during the game that looks to keep him out several weeks. The latest reports have it at four-to-eight weeks. The Giants expect to be without RB Saquon Barkley (ankle) for next several weeks. (via @RapSheet) pic.twitter.com/ss2jbSqStr— NFL (@NFL) September 23, 2019 2. Keanu Neal (Atlanta Falcons Safety) Atlanta Falcons safety Keanu Neal suffered another tough injury on Sunday. It is believed Neal tore his Achilles, which will force him to miss the rest of the season. #Falcons S Keanu Neal is believed to have torn his Achilles in today’s game, source said. When the MRI confirms, he’ll have surgery this week and should be good to go well before the 2020 season. Another bad-luck injury for Neal, but he’s battled back before.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 22, 2019 3. T.Y. Hilton (Indianapolis Colts WR) T.Y. Hilton was pulled from the Colts-Falcons game on Sunday after he tweaked his quad. The severity of the injury will be determined this week after he undergoes some testing. From @gmfb: The #Colts exercised caution in pulling WR TY Hilton off the field after he tweaked his quad injury, but not before he scored a TD. pic.twitter.com/l682J4zJdA— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 23, 2019

  • Jason Garrett press conference: Penalties need to be cleaned up
    by RJ Ochoa on September 23, 2019 at 9:41 pm

    Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports The head coach took to the podium on Victory Monday. The Dallas Cowboys won on Sunday and are now 3-0. On the day after their latest win head coach Jason Garrett met with the media to discuss everything going on with America’s Team. We’ve got a recap of Jason Garrett’s answers (all answers are paraphrased and not actual quotes). Thoughts on the Cowboys being able to pinpoint areas to attack The Cowboys have done a great job of attacking opposing defenses this season but Jason Garrett was firm in that the team is simply focused on being capable of playing the way that they know that they can. He said this is what happened against the Dolphins. Dak in the third quarter Dak Prescott has literally been perfect throughout the third quarter this season and a lot of people have attributed this to great halftime adjustments. Jason Garrett noted that the coaching staff is talking throughout the entire game after every play and adjusting on the fly, it’s not something that only happens at halftime. That’s good to hear. Chidobe Awuzie “did some good things” against the Dolphins Asked for his thoughts on how Chidobe Awuzie played against Miami the Cowboys head coach kept it pretty down the line. He noted that Chido did make a play in the endzone to prevent a touchdown but acknowledged that everybody has room for improvement. Tony Pollard did really well The Cowboys rookie running back had his first 100-yard game and touchdown against the Dolphins and Jason Garrett was quite complimentary of him. He noted that Tony had “a number of good runs” against the Dolphins and also talked about Ezekiel Elliott also had success. He then threw kudos in the direction of the offensive line for keeping things all the more functional for everyone. Challenges for defense with a lot of run threats Dallas had the two 100-yard rushers in Elliott and Pollard, but they also had Dak Prescott score on the ground. Jason Garrett discussed how this adds to the versatility that the Cowboys have and that you never want to be a team that can only do one thing. Obviously this makes the team more challenging to defend. Dak’s ability to self-correct Dak Prescott noted that he was a little too “greedy” on his interception against the Dolphins. Jason Garrett discussed how Prescott has done a lot of great things as the Cowboys quarterback but he’s also limited how many bad things that he’s done. He cited Dak’s maturity, poise, and mental toughness to be able to handle both success and adversity. Communication between Jason Witten and Dak Prescott Jason Witten was given some props by Dak Prescott for some information regarding a blitz throughout the game. Jason Garrett noted that Witten is “extraordinary” at being able to communicate like that throughout the game, but he also said that Dak is extremely good at it as well. Having that type of execution available from multiple players is a very good thing. Robert Quinn’s spirit off of the field Jason Garrett called Robert Quinn “a real pro” which is something he says a lot. He noted that Quinn is a great person and felt like they had a “really good feel” for the end’s football character and praised him for the type of person he’s been since joining the Cowboys. He talked about Quinn embracing coaching, competing, and contributing in a lot of ways. Thoughts on Trysten Hill The Cowboys saw Trysten Hill play a game for the first time in his career and Jason Garrett gave the defensive tackle some props for playing hard. He did acknowledge that there are some things for Hill to work on and clean up, but overall he seemed pleased. Penalties need to be cleaned up Jason Garrett spoke about the Cowboys having to focus on penalties because they limited big plays that they were able to make and allowed Miami to continue drives at different points. He stressed wanting to keep them to a minimum. Third down The Cowboys have had success on third downs on both offense and defense and this is definitely something that Jason Garrett is aware of. He talked about how important the down is but also how important it is to be successful on first and second down to set it all up.

  • Five non-scoring plays that shaped the Cowboys game against the Miami Dolphins
    by David Howman on September 23, 2019 at 8:30 pm

    Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images It was a tale of two halves for America’s Team. The Cowboys came into Sunday’s game against the Dolphins as a 21.5 point favorite and after a slow and troubling start, it turned out to be a good day for those betting for them to cover. Dallas rode a dominant second half to a 31-6 victory to go 3-0 for the first time in Jason Garrett’s tenure as head coach. Here are five of the most impactful non-scoring plays from the game. Penalty negates the Dolphins’ onside kick attempt Near the end of the first quarter, the Dolphins had just scored a field goal to make it a 10-3 lead for Dallas, and it was evident that Miami’s offense had some juice with their new starting quarterback. In order to take advantage of that, head coach Brian Flores called a surprise onside kick on the ensuing kickoff. The Dolphins actually managed to recover the ball but a flag was thrown for offsides. On the replay it looked close, but regardless it wiped out what would otherwise have been a huge momentum swing for Miami. Without the element of surprise, the Dolphins kicked it off normally on the second try. Dak tries to do too much and throws a bad pick On the drive that followed the onside kick attempt, the Cowboys were trying to get their offense in rhythm again and blow the game open with a 17-3 lead. On the third play of the drive, the first play of the second quarter, Dak took a shotgun snap and ran the play-action fake. What was Dak Prescott thinking when he threw this ball?pic.twitter.com/kpwmyoPWbC— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) September 22, 2019 With some excellent blocking from his line, Ezekiel Elliott snuck out on a wide open wheel route, but Prescott was looking elsewhere. After rolling to his right, Dak took a shot downfield, trying to do his best Patrick Mahomes impression. But the ball sailed and safety Bobby McCain swooped in for the easy interception. The Dolphins went three and out, so luckily the turnover didn’t hurt them; however, it was a play that continued the first half trend of the Cowboys’ overall struggles with a poor team. Jaylon Smith somehow strips the ball as he’s falling away from Kenyan Drake With just about thirty seconds remaining in the first half and trailing the Cowboys 10-6, the Dolphins were looking at first and goal with seven yards to go. A touchdown would give them the lead, and a field goal would make it a one-point game. Either outcome was good for Miami. FUMBLE! #DallasCowboys recover! @thejaylonsmith forces it. @TankLawrence lands on it. #MIAvsDAL : FOX : NFL app // Yahoo Sports appWatch FREE on mobile: https://t.co/qnNxI5gZ8j pic.twitter.com/n3DrDSeIxd— NFL (@NFL) September 22, 2019 They handed it off to Kenyan Drake, who ran up the gut and got stopped pretty quickly. However, before he went down it was Jaylon Smith who managed to rip the ball out in a way that defies the laws of physics. It looks like he might have got some help from Drake bumping into his own man. DeMarcus Lawrence fell on the ball and took away any chance of the Dolphins getting a score before the half. Devin Smith’s big gain helps spark Cowboys offense Coming out of halftime, the Cowboys offense needed to wake up. On the second play of the third quarter, Dak threw a strike to Randall Cobb that went for a 74-yard touchdown, but offsetting penalties resulted in a redo of the second and nine play. DEVIN SMITH HIVE WHERE ARE YOU (via @thecheckdown) pic.twitter.com/jHxU7JcXai— Blogging The Boys (@BloggingTheBoys) September 22, 2019 So instead, Dak did this instead. Rolling out to his right as the play broke down, Prescott hit Smith, who did a good job of coming back to the ball. He hits a nasty spin to evade the tackle and cuts upfield for more, finishing the play with a 33-yard reception that moved the ball into Miami territory. Three plays later, Dak found Amari Cooper for a touchdown, and the beat down began. Dalton Schultz penalty kills Cowboys’ drive In past years, it was a common complaint that the offense frequently had drives get blown up because of penalties, and that the unit couldn’t overcome the lost yards. While they’ve generally been good about that so far this year, that wasn’t the case halfway through the fourth quarter. Already up 24-6 and primarily looking to run the clock out, Dallas ran a play on second and ten that resulted in a short incomplete pass. However, tight end Dalton Schultz got called for an unncessary roughness penalty that backed the Cowboys up to a third and 25 situation. Failing to convert after Zeke couldn’t corral a contested pass, Brett Maher bounced the 55-yard field goal try off the upright. If not for the penalty, it would have been a 40-yard field goal try at least. While it didn’t affect the actual outcome of the game, it did take points off the board and could be something worth keeping an eye on going forward.

 

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