Dallas Cowboys: The Four Quarters (Week 9 Edition)

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SECOND QUARTER
On again?…

Oct 27, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions linebacker Travis Lewis (50) intercepts the pass after cornerback Brandon Carr (39) knocked the ball away from Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (81) during the second quarter at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Oct 27, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions linebacker Travis Lewis (50) intercepts the pass after cornerback Brandon Carr (39) knocked the ball away from Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (81) during the second quarter at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Since we addressed the Vikings quarterback situation, let’s continue you that into our next quarter.  The splits for this defense are unreal and unprecedented.  If you are not a top end quarterback, then you are doing nothing against it.  The Chiefs, Rams, Redskins and Eagles quarterbacks have combined to barely eclipse a 50% completion percentage, have been held to under 1,000 yards passing and have more interceptions (4) than touchdowns (3).  That comes out to a passer rating of 64.2.  Consequently, Dallas is 3-1 in those four games with a scoring differential of  95-43.

Now let’s look at the four games against upper-echelon quarterbacks (Both Mannings, Rivers and Stafford).  In only one more attempt, those four quarterbacks have completed 37 more passes for 835 more yards than the previous four.  While the touchdown to interception ratio isn’t horrible (12 TDs, 7 INTs), the passer rating jumps up to 111.6.   In these four games, the Cowboys have given up 100 more points and are 1-3.

I think it is pretty safe to say that Christian Ponder should not find himself in the class that has destroyed the Cowboys so far.  If he does, you can forget winning this game.  With Drew Brees up next week and another date with Eli after that, Dallas could be looking at 4-7 which even in a down year for the division would all but bury any hope of salvaging a division title out of yet another mediocre year.

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  • SmartThinking

    I think the pundits are being far too kind to Dallas in this game. Will they win? I sure hope so. Is this game a lock because Minnesota is 1 and 6? Not on your life. If Ponder gets cranked up and Peterson finds his legs, Dallas could be in for a fight they could easily lose. The Dallas offensive line remaining solid and Romo finding Bryant and Witten are the keys to this game offensively. The defensive line stepping up and stopping Peterson in his tracks is the key on defense. Because, if history has shown us nothing else, once Peterson finds his legs and breaks the line of scrimmage, he’ll run Dallas to death. It’s a long, much harder season yet to be played and Dallas still hasn’t found its soul. If all goes as planned, this could be the last Dallas win for nearly a month.