2022 NFL season, Week 3: What we learned from Cowboys’ win over Giants on Monday night
- For the past few years, people have prayed that he will develop into. He was calm, and despite the fact that some of his attempts came a little too slowly, he nevertheless let loose all night. Unfortunately, neither those tasked with protecting him nor his receivers frequently did him any favours on the other end of his passes. Jones did not cause this defeat; rather, the offensive line gave up QB pressures on a startling 40.5% of Jones’ dropbacks on Monday night. Jones was literally under pressure for a large portion of the game, took five sacks, and still managed to keep the Giants in the game. He simply never had enough time to settle down, which is more indicative of New York’s present status.Although defensive coordinator Dan Quinn’s target, rookie tackle Evan Neal, won’t want to watch this footage, it will be an important learning tool for the first-round pick.
- Saquon has returned? Saquon Barkley tops all rushing running backs No problem, Dak. Cooper Rush began the Cowboys’ second game of 2022, and he performed admirably once more. He completed 21 of 31 throws for 215 yards and a vital touchdown pass to CeeDee Lamb that helped the Cowboys surpass the Giants midway through the fourth quarter. Rush has proven he can take the reins while Dak Prescott recovers by handling the enormous responsibilities of a Cowboys starting quarterback with poise through two games.The Cowboys were able to outgain the Giants by more than a yard per play thanks to his performance, and his string of completions on the aforementioned touchdown drive, including a strike to Lamb to convert a fourth-and-4, guided the Cowboys to a significant victory early in the season. We’ll leave the absurd quarterback controversy debate for Twitter users to have in the coming days, and in its stead, we can accept that Rush has undoubtedly greatly benefited by his performance over the past two games. Dallas as a result is 2-1.
- The Giants’ line continues to have issues. Although the numbers don’t reflect it, Daniel Jones played admirably (save for his final attempt, which ended in the hands of Trevon Diggs). Through three weeks (+112), Jones had displayed the qualities of the quarterback the Giants had anticipated, and he is second only to Lamar Jackson among all positions. On Monday night, Barkley gained 27 of that RYOE total, including +31 on his 36-yard touchdown run. For Giants supporters, that play was a long time coming. They had to wait years for Barkley to get back to the form that led to his selection as the second overall pick in 2018.With the explosion, quickness, change of direction, and top speed that once made him popular throughout the NFL, Barkley finally seems healthy and capable of making a weekly difference for this Giants offence. Of course, coming during a contract year, the timing is ideal. The Giants will surely benefit from his services in every game if he can stay healthy throughout the entire season.
- Dallas’s rushing assault is also present. Tony Pollard and Ezekiel Elliott deserve a tip of the 10-gallon hat for their combined 28 carries for 178 yards and one touchdown. They created a ground attack that controlled the game and enabled Dallas’ offence to move the ball steadily all night long. Their efforts properly sheltered Rush. Penalties hindered their offensive goals, but Elliott came through in a couple of crucial short-yardage situations on a drive that culminated in an Elliott touchdown that tied the game at one yard. Rush had opportunities to advance the ball down the field because the New York defence was kept on its toes by the danger of the run. It was especially helpful on the drive that resulted in the game-winning score, and Jason Peters’ substitution at left guard is mostly to blame for that. On third-and-12 in the first half, Dallas called a toss left and easily gained a first down on an Elliott run of 27 yards. While Elliott isn’t the same home run hitter as in years past, the one-two punch of Pollard and Elliott may be a big weapon for Dallas if it maintains blocking this well up front — regardless of who is at quarterback. This is what made the Cowboys an elite club early in Elliott’s career.
- Micah Parsons is not the only member of Dallas’ defence. Although the second-year linebacker is a true game-breaker, Demarcus Lawrence’s performance on Monday was entirely his. Dan Quinn, the defensive coordinator, experimented with Lawrence’s alignment throughout the majority of the game, which caused problems for the offensive line of New York, which Lawrence took advantage of by recording three sacks and four pressures. With the help of Dorance Armstrong (four pressures, one sack), Parsons and Armstrong combined for a total of eight pressures on Jones throughout the course of the game. Diggs’ diving interception at the end of the game sealed the victory for Dallas, concluding a night that should make Quinn happy of his team’s consistent ability to make a difference. In the next few weeks, it will be considerably more important.
- Cooper Rush completed 10 of 15 passes for 112 yards and a touchdown in the game’s Next Gen stat.
- NFL Research: With the victory on Monday night, Cooper Rush became only the third Cowboys quarterback in the organisation’s history to win his first three career starts, joining Roger Staubach and Jason Garrett.