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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