Dallas Cowboys Week 3: The good, the bad, and the ugly

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Dallas Cowboys: The bad

For the better part of the last decade, the Cowboys’ defense has been what has held this franchise back from being a consistent, legitimate championship contender. This season, the defense has been surprisingly exceptional, especially when considering all of the injuries they have sustained.

As such, it feels a little nit-picky to complain about their efforts, but here we are, placing this unit in this section. Time after time in this game, the Eagles seemingly had crossing routes wide open. Both of their tight ends averaged a combined twenty yards per catch, largely due to these breakdowns in coverage.

Honestly, it was rather shocking to see them underutilize the only thing that was working so well for them. If the Eagles’ offensive brain trust was smarter, they could have gone to the well with this over and over and likely made the game a lot more difficult.