This wasn’t the first loss of the season for the Dallas Cowboys but it was easily the most frustrating. While they lost in worse fashion to the Bucs and Eagles, losing to the Green Bay Packers — who had dropped five in a row — was worse because the game was well in hand.
Dallas not only let them get back into the game but they then caved while under pressure. With that being said, let’s look at who stood out as both studs and duds in Week 10.
Cowboys studs and duds for Week 10 loss to Packers
Stud: C.J. Goodwin, CB
With the score tied at 14 in the third quarter, Green Bay was able to force a punt after another frustrating — and short — drive by the Cowboys. With Dallas kicking it from their own 12, Bryan Anger booted it 55 yards and that allowed C.J. Goodwin to get to work.
A veteran special teams ace, Goodwin was one of three players to converge on Amari Rodgers but it was his hit that forced the ball loose.
Sean McKeon recovered it and Dallas took the lead 21-14 when Tony Pollard ran in a 13-yard touchdown. It was a huge turn of momentum that allowed Dallas to take control of the game, for a while anyway.
Dud: Kelvin Joseph, CB
Anthony Brown didn’t have a great game and was lost in the first half to a concussion. With him out, Kelvin Joseph stepped in and the former second-round pick continued to struggle. He was beaten on a route by Sammy Watkins — who has been awful all season. Even worse, it was on a second and 22, giving the Packers life when there shouldn’t have been any.
Later in the second half, Joseph was flagged on a punt return which pushed the Cowboys back to their own 14. Had he not been penalized for the blindside block, Dallas would have started at the 38, essentially making it a 28-yard penalty. It wasn’t the greatest call but it still was another moment to forget for Joseph.