Cowboys studs and duds Week 15: Potential win falls through Noah Brown’s hands
By Randy Gurzi
Stud: Da’Ron Bland, Cornerback
On a third and seven play, Da’Ron Bland drew coverage on Christian Kirk and he had a shot at hauling in the first down pass from Trevor Lawrence. Bland made sure that didn’t happen, as he got his hand in front of Kirk and broke up the pass, forcing a punt.
Bland later found himself on Kirk on third-and-nine with roughly 1:30 to play in the first half. Again, Lawrence put the ball on the money and Bland was a step behind Kirk. He then sold out as he dove to break up the pass, and did just enough to force another incompletion and a punt.
In the second half, he kept proving to be a playmaker, as he picked off a pass from Lawrence intended for Kirk, giving the Cowboys the ball back after they just went up 24-10.
Things fell apart after this, but it wasn’t on Bland.
Dud: Kelvin Joseph, Cornerback
Brett Maher had just hit a 53-yarder to go up 27-10, and the Jaguars needed something big to happen to get back into the game. That’s exactly what they got, as Kelvin Joseph bit hard on a double move from Zay Jones. That allowed Jones to get deep on him, and he hauled in a 59-yard touchdown pass, making it 27-17.
Dak Prescott then threw an interception, something that has been a major issue for him this season, and Joseph again let his team down. On third-and-goal, he was beaten by Marvin Jones for a touchdown to make it 27-24.
Dallas surrendered two touchdowns in 2:34, and both were on Joseph. Jacksonville should never had been able to get back into this game, but Joseph was a huge reason that happened.