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Looking in on the enemy: How did the remaining Cowboys opponents fare in Week 1?

Let’s give a quick run down of how some other teams of interest did on opening weekend in the NFL.

NFL: Philadelphia Eagles at Washington Football Team Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Week 1 is in the books and with it was 16 glorious football games. Of course, just how glorious it was depends on whether your team was on the winning side. Either way, it was great to see some football.

The Cowboys started out in the loss column, but there’s a lot of football remaining, so we thought we’d take a look at each of the Cowboys 2020 opponents and check out how they did on opening weekend.

Week 2: Atlanta Falcons

Last week: Lost 38-25 to the Seahawks, currently sitting at 0-1

Key game notes:

  • Matt Ryan threw the ball 54 times for 450 yards
  • Three wide receivers each had 12 targets, nine receptions, and 100+ yards (Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley, and Russell Gage)
  • The had 72 yards total yards rushing with Todd Gurley leading the way with 56 yards
  • They had three sacks collectively between Grady Jarrett (1.5), Tak McKinely (1.0), and Dante Fowler (0.5)

Week 3: @ Seattle Seahawks

Last week: Won 38-25 against the Falcons, currently sitting at 1-0

Key game notes:

  • Russell Wilson was a very efficient 31/35 with 9.2 yards per attempt, including throwing for four touchdowns
  • Chris Carson and Carlos Hyde split the carries, with neither very effective, combining for just 44 yards on 13 yards (3.3 yards per carry)
  • Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf got an even target share of eight a piece, going for 92 and 95 yards respectively
  • Jamal Adams (maybe you’ve heard of him?) had 12 tackles, 2.5 tackles for a loss, including one sack

Week 4: Cleveland Browns

Last week: Blown out by the Ravens, currently 0-1

Key game notes:

  • Baker Mayfield was 21/39 with just 189 yards
  • Kareem Hunt, and not Nick Chubb, was the team leader in rushing attempts (13) and yards (72)
  • Odell Beckham Jr. only had three catches for 22 yards, although he was targeted 10 times
  • Former game-wrecker Adrian Clayborn had a sack

Week 5: New York Giants

Last week: Lost 26-10 to Steelers, currently at 0-1

Key game notes:

  • Daniel Jones was 26/41 for 279 yards with two touchdowns and two picks
  • Saquon Barkley was held to just six yards on 15 carries
  • Darius Slayton was the receiving star with six catches for 102 yard and two touchdowns
  • Linebacker Blake Martinez was all over the field and led the team with 12 tackles

Week 6: Arizona Cardinals

Last week: Won a key divisional road game 24-20 against the 49ers

Key game notes:

  • Kyler Murray ran for 91 yards on 13 scampers (he actually hit the 100-yard mark, but lost some yards on a couple shotgun kneel downs)
  • Kenyan Drake lead all running backs with 60 yards on 16 carries
  • DeAndre Hopkins had 14 catches for 151 yards
  • Safety Budda Baker led the team with 15 tackles

Week 7: @ Washington Football Team

Last week: Beat the Eagles 27-17, currently 1-0

Key game notes:

  • Dwayne Haskins was 17/31 for just 178 yards
  • Peyton Barber was their workhorse back with 17 carries, but only gained 29 yards (1.7 ypc)
  • Second-year receiver Terry McLaurin led all receivers with five catches for 61 yards
  • Defense sacked the Eagles eight times with rookie Chase Young having a nice 1.5 sack debut

Week 8: @ Philadelphia Eagles

Last week: Lost 27-17 to Washington, currently 0-1

Key game notes:

  • Carson Wentz was 24/42 for 270 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions
  • The Eagles were without several starting offensive linemen, and their absence was felt as Wentz was sacked eight times
  • Dallas Goedert led all receivers with 101 yards on eight receptions, including a touchdown
  • Miles Sanders missed the game due to injury, so Boston Scott carried the workload with nine carries for 35 yards

Week 9: Pittsburgh Steelers

Last week: Defeated the Giants 26-10, currently 1-0

Key game notes:

  • Ben Reothlisberger was 21/32 for 229 yards with three touchdowns and no picks
  • James Connor left the game with an ankle injury, so Benny Snell Jr. led the team in rushing with 113 yards on 19 carries
  • JuJu Smith-Schuster had six catches for 69 yards and two touchdowns
  • The Steelers defense swarmed the Giants running attack and finished the game with 11.5 tackles for a loss
  • Defensive linemen T.J. Watt and Cameron Heyward both had an interception because Daniel Jones is funny like that

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Week 11: @ Minnesota Vikings

Last week: Lost a shootout 43-34 to the Packers, currently 0-1

Key game notes:

  • Kirk Cousins was 19/25 for 259 yards
  • Dalvin Cook rushed for 50 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries
  • Backup running back Alexander Mattison added another 50 yards on six carries (8.3 ypc)
  • Adam Thielen had six catches for 110 yards and two touchdowns
  • The Vikings defense gave up 522 total yards

Week 12: Washington Football Team

Last week: see Week 7

Week 13: @ Baltimore Ravens

Last week: Smoked the Browns 38-6, currently at 1-0

Key game notes:

  • Lamar Jackson was 20/25 for 275 yards and three touchdowns
  • He was also their leading rusher with 45 yards on seven scampers
  • Mark Ingram II and rookie J.K. Dobbins were both inefficient on the ground, combining for 51 yards on 17 carries (3 ypc)
  • Marquise Brown led all receivers with 101 yards on five catches
  • Tight end Mark Andrews caught two touchdown passes
  • Rookie linebacker Patrick Queen led the team with eight tackles and even had a sack

Week 14: @ Cincinnati Bengals

Last week: Lost 16-13 to the Chargers, currently 0-1

Key game notes:

  • No. 1 overall pick Joe Burrow was 23/36 for 193 yards with no touchdown passes and one pick
  • He also added 46 yards on the ground, including a 23-yard touchdown run
  • Joe Mixon had 69 yards on 19 carries
  • A.J. Green led all receivers with five catches for 51 yards
  • Second-year linebacker Germaine Pratt led the team with 12 tackles

Week 15: San Francisco 49ers

Last week: Lost 24-20 to the Cardinals, currently 0-1

Key game notes:

  • Jimmy Garoppolo was 19/33 for 259 yards
  • Raheem Mostert led the team in rushing, but only had 56 yards on 15 carries (3.7 ypc), but he had 95 yards receiving thanks to a 76-yard touchdown catch
  • The 49ers leading wide receiver was Kendrick Borne who had two catches for 34 yards
  • Cornerback Emmanuel Moseley led the team with 15 tackles, but that was largely due to giving up so many receptions to DeAndre Hopkins

Week 16: Philadelphia Eagles

Last week: see Week 8

Week 17: @ New York Giants

Last week: see Week 5

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