Week two has come and gone, and to the surprise of many, the Cowboys came out on the other end with a 1-1 record. defeat Cincinnati Bengals It’s no small feat considering they were a fourth quarter short of closing away from holding the Lombardy Cup only last year. Although their 0-2 record so far indicates otherwise, the Bengals are a very good team and even with a slow start, playoffs should once again be in their future. With many questions and many doubts by some pundits about how Dallas will remain in the competition while Dak Prescott recovers, the Cowboys took a nice step in the right direction as they managed to secure a win over the Bengals. As we break down the three aspects of the game, you should expect a mixed bag of scores where the performance has been lopsided, en route to an exciting victory.
Offensive performance was mixed, but good enough to win – Grade: C +
Starting with the offensive side of the ball, the new Cowboys captain, Cooper Rush, played superbly. It wasn’t perfect, but Rush is a player and surprised many by showing the world that last year’s victory against the Vikings was no fluke. There were some passes that could have been interceptions against a more distinguished defense, but in this case, they were full passes. Sensei has a good defense, but not an elite one, yet.
Ezekiel Elliott’s feeding team should have been happy to see 15 bags in the box result, but he was an ineffective ground performer as he only averaged 3.5 yards per carry. Tony Pollard played a good game and was more efficient in his passing game, but his fast numbers were also strong. Having Zeke and Pollard on the field together is a good formula for success as there are still many questions to be answered in the spacious reception room.
Speaking of outsiders, another nice walk from Noah Brown who got nearly 100 yards away. CeeDee Lamb played better in this too. Looking at the hand this unit was handled, they played hard. It’s not the elite attack we’re used to, but it was enough for victory. If they could put the two halves together, the grade would be higher than C+. Apart from the match winner by Brett Maher, no further points were scored in the second half.
The defense once again gave Dallas the best chance to win and regardless of the lack of turnovers they played superbly – Score: A-
Going to the heart and soul of this team as it is currently assembled, we have the defence. Once again, the defense shows the world that they are the elite defense led by the rhinoceros, Micah Parsons. Parsons’ record, as in week one, is two sacks giving him four for the season. This number currently leads the NFL in that category. Not only did Parsons have two sacks, but his teammates in defense scored four more, giving the team a total of six sacks on the day. Dorrance Armstrong also scored Kissin in the game.
With the amount of pressure applied to Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow, he made the minor’s life so much easier as Burrow threw for less than 200 yards during the game. Other Bengals stars like Joe Mixon and Ja’Marr Chase were neutralized enough that none of the players scored a touchdown. The only criticism of the defense was the lack of turnovers in the second week, but for the most part, the defensive effort was phenomenal to earn an A- this week.
The squad unit did its job well and also presented a game winner – Score: A
Last but not least we have the special teams unit which was a question mark at the start of the season. Two weeks later and so far, so good. It looks like an electric turbine with the ball in his hands and one of them is due to break home soon. Once again, Bryan Anger is very consistent and does one job of hitting the ball and getting those kicks inside the 20 helping both defense and attack on the field position. The last piece of this teams puzzle is none other than Week Two champion Brett Maher, who executed all of his kicks, including the 50-yard run as time expired to help the Cowboys put their first win of 2022 in the record books. Because of the performance all around, the special teams crew gets an A this week.