Mailbag: Teams Know How to Beat Cowboys? –

Does every team in the NFL now know how to beat the Cowboys? Run the ball, which isn’t difficult against us, and mix in play-action later. Tell me again how elite this defense is? – Bryce Utz / Moline, IL
Patrik: Kinda hard to see a game like the one from Week 10 and still want to use the word “elite” but, truth is, you can if you apply it the right way. It’s as you said: play action. I contend that the Cowboys not only have the best pass rush in the league, but also one of the best secondaries (also becauseof the pass rush), but if you keep allowing teams to establish the run it’ll cost you on the back end – seeing as you have to start selling out to stop the run and then come play-action passes that go flying over your head to speedsters like Christian Watson. And so it goes, for me, that the pass rush is elite and so is the secondary, but until the LB corps gets better at sealing the edges against the run it’ll continue to be a defense that wildly effective in one area and wildly ineffective in the other, and the latter could continually undermine the former.
Nick:Ok, this is a 6-3 football team. Clearly, not everyone knows how to beat the Cowboys. They’ve lost to Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers and Jalen Hurts, who before Monday, was one of the favorites for the NFL MVP. Yes, the QB matters, even for the running game because that’s the player the Cowboys are focused on. Not every team has the ability to play the same style. So yeah, you can say “run the ball” but we all know that’s not going to work consistently. The Cowboys will make a better effort to stop the run, even if that means less pass-rush. I think the Cowboys will make some adjustments on their end. Let’s let that happen before we wonder if everyone knows how to beat them. Knowing it and getting it done are two different things.
Do you believe that special teams are playing the best of these three units for the Cowboys right now? Also, is there another special teams unit in the NFL you would rather have other than the Cowboys’?
The game against Minnesota showed that our offense is our best run defense. Can/will this be our key to making a deep playoff run?
The fact that Ezekiel Elliott has actually sat out injured at all is a departure from the standard he has set. Do you think this is a result of learning from past mistakes?
Why have the Cowboys been choosing to receive when winning the coin toss rather than deferring?
Dallas has had problems with penalties for some time now and seem unable to deal with them. Is this due to coaching or poor play by the players? Can anything be done?
Who made the call to go for it on fourth-and-4 when in field goal range? It’s overtime, we have to take the field goal and put the burden on Green Bay to score a touchdown to win.
Can we please give some love to Lunda Wells, our tight ends coach?
How can the Cowboys stop the bleeding on the outside runs without affecting their great pass rush?
So if I told you at the trade deadline we’d be getting a multi-Pro Bowl, future Hall of Fame tackle and a second-round wide receiver, wouldn’t we all be excited?
So if I told you at the trade deadline we’d be getting a multi-Pro Bowl, future Hall of Fame tackle and a second-round wide receiver, wouldn’t we all be excited?
Since we didn’t trade for a wide receiver last week, should we read into the reports the Cowboys have interest in Odell Beckham Jr.?
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