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Cowboys news: Cowboys new offense under Kellen Moore is a refreshing sight

The Cowboys offense and the passing game have been the topic of discussion after week one.

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NFL: Preseason-Houston Texans at Dallas Cowboys Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Amari Cooper thinks this Cowboys offense can give defenses nightmares - Calvin Watkins, SportsdayDFW
Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper was impressed by the efforts of his fellow receivers in week one, calls his team a nightmare for defenses.

“I think that’s like a defense’s nightmare when everybody is making plays,” Cooper said. “How do you game plan against that? How can you make adjustments? What are you going to do?”

Cooper was part of an offense against the Giants that produced 494 total yards with the wide receiver averaging 11.8 yards per target in the victory. It was also Cooper’s first game with new offensive coordinator Kellen Moore.

”I know we were talking about this on the sidelines, we wanted everyone to get a touchdown,” Cooper said. “I scored, Jason (Witten) scored, (Ezekiel Elliott) scored, (Randall) Cobb scored. Gallup obviously got 158 yards but he didn’t score. But we wanted him to get a touchdown as well.”

It’s only one game so before fans start planning for a Super Bowl visit to Miami, a road game against Washington awaits the Cowboys.

Position group analysis: Week one was a showcase of the Cowboys’ wide receivers -Michael Sisemore- Blogging The Boys
The Cowboys receivers were phenomenal as the passing game shined bright in week one win.

On this play, Cooper was quoted in the Mothership’s “Sounds of the Game” as seeing the defensive back jumpy at the line and Cooper’s response was “what are you scared for?” Well, there are plenty of reasons but it’s Cooper’s quickness. Cooper’s skip-movement in his break here is just way too much smoke for the Giants to handle and the result was inevitable.

The Cowboys’ new offense is downright lovable. This is not a drill - Geoff Schwartz-
Retired NFL lineman Geoff Schwartz takes a look at what excites him so far about Kellen Moore’s offense, and how it’s helping Dak Prescott succeed.

What I love most about the new offense is the variety and the play-action

What immediately caught my eye during the game was the Cowboys’ variety on offense, as highlighted here:

First, there’s heavy play-action, which we’ll go over in a minute. Then added motion, which gives Prescott a good idea of man or zone coverage. It can also give defenders eye violations (looking at the motion and not their assignments) and allows for receivers to avoid press coverage. Finally, more personnel, which is great for the run game because you get fewer people around the line of scrimmage. For reference, the Cowboys were only 21st in the NFL last season in rush attempts out of 11 personnel.

I love play-action pass. It’s an opportunity for a big chunk play with minimal reads for the quarterback. As an offensive lineman, I was a fan of play-action pass because we could “run block” the defensive linemen, and they wouldn’t be pass rushing as hard.

As much as I love play-action pass, and think we all should love it, the rest of the NFL doesn’t always believe in it. (All the evidence for play-action pass success in the NFL can be found in thisFiveThirtyEight article, if you want to dive in.)

Well, the Cowboys, and more likely Moore, did their research this offseason and decided to add more play-action pass into the mix. According to Sports Info Solutions, Prescott was 12 of 13 on play-action passing for 193 yards and two touchdowns. So many of these passes weren’t short with long runs, either: 124 of those 193 yards were in the air.

Dallas Cowboys: Do modern-day triplets resemble Hall-of-Fame trio? - Jori Epstein- USA Today
Do the Cowboys actually have a modern-day triplets brewing or is it something entirely unique?

It was a passing game far beyond what the Cowboys’ run-first offense has shown in recent years.

Cowboys Hall of Fame running back Emmitt Smith was impressed with what first-year coordinator Kellen Moore unleashed.

“[Moore] is opening it up and allowing Dak Prescott to become a better quarterback by giving him a lot more tools to work with, giving him a chance to make those big plays,” Smith told USA TODAY Sports by phone on Monday, “That in itself has opened up the Cowboys offense to where now, you got guys ... who can blow the top off the defense and get beyond that.

“The ball can actually go 30-40 yards down the field, which makes a big, big difference in terms of how we utilize Ezekiel Elliott.”

Matchups: Big Challenge For Connor Williams -Bryan Broaddus - Dallas Cowboys
It's going to be a tough outing for Connor Williams this week as he draws defensive tackle Da'Ron Payne.

Connor Williams has faced the powerful Da’Ron Payne before, but he is now better equipped to handle him with his added weight and strength. Williams understands that Payne is a powerful man who has the ability to walk him straight back into Dak Prescott’s lap, so his ability to set his feet and anchor down in the front of that pocket will be a key.

Williams cannot allow Payne to bully him in this game. Payne doesn’t use many pass rush moves and he’s going to want to push with power in order to get home. Last week against the Eagles, Payne was able to penetrate deep enough in the pocket that he knocked down a pass from Carson Wentz.

Is Dak Prescott Finally Ready To Be Consistently Great? - Neil Payne- FiveThirtyEight
Dak Prescott took another step in his development during a week one thumping of his New York rival, is he ready to be consistently great going forward?

After throwing for a below-average 7.69 air yards per attempt in 2017 and 2018, Prescott was up to 9.34 air yards per throw against the Giants, with 19 percent of his passes traveling at least 20 yards — including completions of 35 and 21 yards downfield to Cooper, 30 yards to Gallup, 22 yards to Cobb and 22 yards to tight end Blake Jarwin.

Again, those were against the Giants, so it’s important not to draw too many conclusions from Prescott’s Week 1 numbers, impressive as they were. But for a team that ranked ninth in defensive efficiency (via Football Outsiders) but only 26th in passing efficiency last season, an improvement from Prescott could vault the Cowboys to the top of the NFC East — and maybe beyond.

Jerry Jones not messing around on Prescott, Cooper negotiations- Tony Thompson- CowboysWire
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says that Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper deals are imminent.

When it comes to the contracts of his last two pieces of the now-proverbial pie, however, his comments are measured. They are pointed. Jones isn’t messing around. His Tuesday appearance on 105.3 the Fan indicated that deals with quarterback Dak Prescott and wide receiver Amari Cooper aren’t far off. The operative word used (again) was imminent, but what does that even mean?

It sounds simple enough, but just because a deal is presented doesn’t mean the other involved party has to take it. When the two sides agree to the sticking points the details will be taken care of in short order. Until then, the focus of Cooper and Prescott is solely on the field. They seem entirely unconcerned with the business side of things, knowing that the money will come in due time.

And as far as Jones? He really isn’t messing around. He is one of the most competitive people in the entirety of the NFL. This is the man who decided not to participate in colluding with the rest of the league in the uncapped 2010 season, ultimately having $10 million slashed from the cap. This is the man who has gone to war with not one, but two different commissioners.

Jason Garrett’s message to the Cowboys following their win, “It wasn’t edgy enough for 60 minutes” -DannyPhantom- Blogging The Boys
The Dallas Cowboys may have won convincingly against the New York Giants, but don’t tell that to Jason Garrett as he reminds his players that he wasn’t pleased with everything that happened in their 35-17 win.

When you think about the precarious situation Garrett is in this year, one might expect that he would show a little more excitement after such a nice way to open the season. Of course, that’s not how Garrett works. If there is any pressure felt from needing to have a successful 2019 season, he never shows it. The Cowboys head coach never gets too low after a loss, so it’s only fitting that he isn’t showing much elation over this win. And it’s clear he wants to keep his troops grounded. Garrett is very good getting his players to focus up on the task at hand, so it’s not surprising he didn’t make much of the win. For him and his players, the goal is much bigger.

Big Picture: 5 Storylines For Cowboys & Redskins -
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Future Hall of Famer Adrian Peterson is now expected to play more this week for the Redskins with Guice injured. Peterson wasn’t happy about being inactive for the Week 1 matchup against the Eagles. His teammates didn’t take it well either, as lineman Morgan Moses called it a “slap in the face” not to have a Canton-bound player on the field.

If there was a weakness on Sunday, it would be the Cowboys’ inability to stop the run consistently. The big chunk was a 59-yard run by Saquon Barkley, who finished with 120 yards. Overall, the Giants rushed for 151 yards with an 8.9 yard average. Now, they’ll get to face a future Hall of Famer in Adrian Peterson.

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