Dallas Cowboys defense imposed their will on the San Francisco 49ers
The Dallas Cowboys defense came out with a purpose Thursday night. That purpose was to impose their will on the San Francisco 49ers offense.
When the Dallas Cowboys defense took the field many weren’t quite sure what to expect. To the surprise of many watching the game, the team played very well. The defensive line was aggressive, attacking the line of scrimmage and getting to the quarterback with some consistency.
Defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence was making plays in the backfield. Dorance Armstrong did a nice job of setting the edge and forcing runners back inside to the linebackers. Then last but not least was Taco Charlton. The 2017 first-rounder did a nice job batting down passes during the game and showed more moves to get to the quarterback.
The linebackers filled running lanes, dropped back into coverage and at times blitz and were able to make plays behind the line of scrimmage. Jaylon Smith was active all over the field in coverage, stopping the run and rushing the passer. Leighton Vander Esch moved well, keeping runners in front of him and did a decent job in coverage as well. Damien Wilson even showed up and made some nice plays against the run in the game.
Then you have the secondary which probably had the biggest questions going into this game. Well, it looks like those questions have been answered.
Cornerbacks Byron Jones and Chidobe Awuzie played will in press coverage and did a nice job sticking to their receivers. Anthony Brown had a few bad plays where he was beaten across the middle. That really was the only negative I saw from this secondary. Next week, I would like to see Jourdan Lewis starting in place of Brown so we can see if he outperforms him and takes that starting slot corner position.
The safeties Xavier Woods and Kavon Fraizer stood out most to me. Woods was able to keep all but one play in front of him while he was on the field. While Frazier was solid against the run and played pretty well in coverage too which was surprising.
In all, it was a great night for the Dallas Cowboys defense. Once they get linebacker Sean Lee plus defensive lineman Randy Gregory, David Irving, and Maliek Collins inserted into the defense, this unit could be scary.
What did you think of the Dallas Cowboys defensive performance last night?
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