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Cowboys vs. Broncos: The good, the bad, and the ugly from Week 9

The highs and lows for the Dallas Cowboys in Week 9.

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It was bound to happen sooner or later. The Dallas Cowboys win streak has ended at six after the Denver Broncos thoroughly manhandled them Sunday afternoon. The 30-16 score suggests a somewhat competitive matchup, however, anyone who actually watched the game knows the Broncos dominated the game pretty much from the get-go.

This embarrassing loss to the Broncos is really the Cowboys first taste of adversity so far this season. How they respond after being punched in the mouth will go a long ways in determining just how far this team can go this year. Hopefully this ends up being the slap in the face they needed to avoid complacency. Only time will tell though.

We discussed everything that happened for the Cowboys against Denver during our official Dallas Cowboys Postgame Show on the Blogging The Boys podcast network. Make sure to subscribe to our podcast network so you don’t miss any of our shows. Apple devices can subscribe here and Spotify users can subscribe here.

For really the first time this season there was no doubt more lows than highs for the Dallas Cowboys. This Week 9 matchup with the Denver Broncos is one they would love to put behind them sooner rather than later, but first they need to use it as a learning experience. To help with that, let’s take a look at the good, the bad, and the ugly for the Cowboys this week.


THE GOOD - Micah Parsons

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Micah Parsons was outstanding in Week 8 against the Minnesota Vikings, but may have outdone himself Sunday afternoon against the Denver Broncos. In what was a pretty embarrassing team effort, the lone bright spot was the Cowboys rookie linebacker. No. 11 finished the game with eight total tackles and 2.5 quarterback sacks, his first multi-sack game of his young career. If not for Parsons’ impressive play, there may not have been any good for the Cowboys.


THE BAD - Cowboys’ run defense

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Like last season, the Dallas Cowboys run defense has been their Achilles heel once again this year. For the majority of the season they’ve been able to hide this problem area due to the fact the offense has been capable of putting up 30+ points a game, forcing opponents to abandon the run game. Sadly, the Cowboys offense decided to be a no-show Sunday afternoon, which allowed the Broncos to attack their biggest weakness. The duo of Javonte Williams and Melvin Gordon combined for 191 rushing yards, which ended up helping propel them to victory. The Cowboys absolutely must improve their run fits and tackling moving forward.


THE UGLY - Dak Prescott and the Cowboys offense

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For a unit that has been as close to a dominant force as there is in the NFL this year, Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys offense looked extremely weak in Week 9. Neither La’el Collins nor Terence Steele played well in pass protection, there were uncharacteristic dropped passes by two wide-open receivers in the passing game, and several inaccurate throws to receivers, paving the way to a pretty dismal offensive performance Sunday against the Broncos. Fortunately, we can probably just chalk this up to having a bad day. The Cowboys offense is far too talented for this kind of poor performance to continue.