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Elliott Doesn’t Run From Criticism; Says “No Excuse For Lack of Effort” - Jonathan Auping, Dallas Cowboys
Ezekiel Elliott didn’t run the ball well in the Cowboys’ 42-17 loss to the Denver Broncos. But he also didn’t run from criticism when he addressed the media on Thursday.

“I just can’t do that being one of the leaders on the team and being a guy that people count on,” Elliott said. “I can’t put that type of stuff on film.”

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott admits showing 'bad effort' in loss - Todd Archer, ESPN
While admitting he was frustrated during the Cowboys' loss to Denver on Sunday, running back Ezekiel Elliott said there's no excuse for his lack of effort on two key plays.

"It's definitely not me. It's definitely not the type of player I am," Elliott said. "It's definitely not who I am for this team. I just can't do that. I was frustrated, and I wasn't myself."

Five thoughts on where the Cowboys go from here - Dawn Macelli, Blogging The Boys
Sunday was dismal, to say the least, but there are 14 games remaining to be played.

The now know that they can be humbled, but the team also knows what they are capable of doing. Knowing that a defeat like the one the Broncos hung on them should serve to drive every member of the team to leave it all on the field each time they strap on the helmets.

Taco Charlton off to slow start to NFL career - Drew Davison, Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Dallas Cowboys rookie defensive end Taco Charlton has one tackle and one QB pressure in his first two NFL games. The slow start hasn’t deterred him.

“It comes, man,” Charlton said. “Some plays just didn’t fall my way. I was close a couple times, it just didn’t fall my way. It happens. Go back to the drawing board, keep working on my moves and everything like that in practice.”

The Star, the Dallas Cowboys’ New World Headquarters, Is Game-Changing - David Foxley, Architectural Digest
AD gets an exclusive first-look at the Dallas Cowboys’ state-of-the-art $1.5 billion mega-complex, The Star

“We had such great memories of that place,” Garrett goes on. “You think about the great teams, the great coaches, and the great players who worked there. It was special and a privilege to be there, but everyone is excited about The Star. It will be a heck of a facility to come to work in every day.”

Dak Not Buying “Blueprint” Talk; Zeke’s Motivation & Facing Fitz - Dallas Cowboys
Coming off a disappointing loss to the Denver Broncos the Cowboys are preparing for a Monday night matchup against an Arizona Cardinals team fresh off a bounce back win.

“I don’t buy into that. I just think we didn’t execute the way we should or the way we normally do. I kind of encourage teams and hope teams give us that same scheme and those matchups. I’m not buying it.”

Can Damontre Moore be the bookend that the Cowboys need for DeMarcus Lawrence? - Dave Halprin, Blogging The Boys
Two pass rushers are always better than one. Damontre Moore hopes to help DeMarcus Lawrence out.

The physical ability is there; the mental game, along with staying are out of trouble are the two things Moore needs to work on. He needs to understand how to use his gifts to their best effect, and he needs to stay on the field and away from suspensions.

Cowboys move on from Denver, focus on Arizona - Todd Archer, ESPN
The Cowboys have addressed the problems that arose in the blowout loss to the Broncos and are ready to move on to preparing for the Cardinals.

"Every week there's issues on our team that we address head on and we make sure we handle them, we address them, we solve them and we keep moving forward," Garrett said. "There were plenty of things in that ballgame that we had to address and put behind us."

Michael Irvin to confront LT for saying Elliott ‘quit’ - Clarence Hill, Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Dallas Cowboys Hall of Fame receiver Michael Irvin plans to confront NFL Network colleague and Hall of Fame running back LaDainian Tomlinson for accusing Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott of “quitting on his team” in the 42-17 loss to the Denver Broncos Sunday.

“It’s a different subject in this game, in this sport, because of the commitment that each man makes to all 53 guys that’s on that football field, that’s required to play this game,” Irvin said. “It’s the dirtiest word, guys.”

7 Keys to Victory in Dallas Cowboys' Week 3 Matchup - Marcus Mosher, Bleacher Report
After the Cowboys ' humiliating 42-17 defeat to the Denver Broncos on Sunday, the team will be looking to bounce back against the Arizona Cardinals on Monday Night Football on ESPN.

“But Week 2 was a totally different story for Prescott. The Broncos were able to rattle him by pressuring him 22 times in the game, per Pro Football Focus. According to the site, no other quarterback has been pressured more in a single game this season.

On Monday night, the Cardinals are going to blitz early and often in a bid to get to Prescott as the Broncos did. If they can penetrate the Cowboys' offensive line, Dallas' passing game could be throttled again.”

Focus For Dak Prescott And Teammates: Restoring Balance To The Offense - Rob Phillips, Dallas Cowboys
The Denver film is done with. Watched, corrected, filed away. The Cowboys took the practice field Thursday prepping for the Arizona Cardinals, not lamenting last Sunday’s 42-17 loss to the Broncos – their largest margin of defeat in four years. “That ballgame is behind us,” head coach Jason Garrett said.

“I think there’s a lot of things that go into it,” center Travis Frederick said. “I think it has to do with everybody just making sure that they’re doing their job. When everything’s not working together in the scheme that we’re running, things fall apart.

“It has to do with making sure that everybody’s on, and that includes tight ends, running backs, wide receivers, everybody. But I think it comes down to our offensive line performing better and really focusing on the techniques and the things that we practice day in and day out and just going out and doing them on game day.”

Secondary on the mend, Scandrick returns-Drew Davison - Drew Davison, Fort Worth Star-Telegram
The Dallas Cowboys’ secondary remains depleted even though Orlando Scandrick returned to practice Thursday.

Awuzie’s status for Monday’s game is uncertain. Carroll, meanwhile, was sent home from the facility on Wednesday and wasn’t there on Thursday. He seems unlikely to return as he remains in concussion protocol.