Cowboys Snore, Packers Soar: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Week Five
By Richard Ball
There is a lot to choose from in this category. The Cowboys were chasing the Packers all day.
The defense could not catch Packers running back Aaron Jones who rushed for 107 yards but most importantly four touchdowns. Linebacker Leighton Vander Esch looked a step slow and was made a fool on multiple occasions by Jones.
The pass rush could not catch Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers in the first-half as he guided his team to a 17-0 half time lead. The five sack performance against the Saints in Week Four looks like an outlier.
Punter Chris Jones three punts during the game went for 33, 34 and 33 yards. Placekicker Brett Maher missed a 54-yard field goal in the first half and a crucial 33-yard field goal on the Cowboys last possession of the game.
Prescott had three interceptions for the game doubling his season total. He was fortunate that an illegal use of hands penalty was called on Packers edge rusher Za’Darius Smith negated the fourth interception.
The Cowboys will do themselves a favor by trying to forget this game. But before they do, let’s take a look at the truly ugly play of the game.