1. Ezekiel Elliott ran all over the defense
Elliott ran for 152 yards and had 88 receiving yards on the Lions this week. He averaged 6.1 yards a carry and there were some plays where there were humongous holes for him to go through. Zeke also had himself a day catching the ball because he took a screen pass for a touchdown and had the game sealing catch late in the 4th quarter. While the Lions knew that Elliott was going to be their main source of offense, there was nothing they could do about it.
2. Missed opportunities truly was the difference in this game
Late in the 4th quarter, the Lions had two plays where if they would’ve made the plays, they would be looking at being 2-2 instead of 1-3. One of them was a dropped interception by Glover Quinn when Dak Prescott tried to throw it over the middle and Quinn was spying on the play and read it perfectly. The second play was the play right before Zeke’s big catch where they made Dak Prescott fumble and nobody could get on the ball or sack him. If those plays were made, the outcome definitely would’ve been different.
3. Most of Bob Quinn’s draft picks are starting to show their colors
Players like Da’Shawn Hand, Kenny Golladay, and Kerryon Johnson are starting to show that they are solid draft picks made by Bob Quinn. They all made an impact this game and all of their futures look bright. Hand finished with a sack and a forced fumble. Golladay had four catches for 74 yards. And last but not least, that can definitely be emphasized for Kerryon Johnson, who absolutely bulldozed over a safety to get his 1st touchdown.
This game was a tough one for the Lions. They tried to comeback at the last second and it didn’t end up working out. This always seems to be the trend with the Lions and it either goes their way or it doesn’t and this week, it didn’t. While things do look bright for the draft picks the Lions have taken the past few years, it does need to lead to victories and not “what if” games. The next game against the Green Bay Packers at home will probably determine where the rest of this season is going.
Cowboys’ Travis Frederick Hoping to Play in 2019
Dallas Cowboys veteran center Travis Frederick believes that he won’t be able to make it back to the field this season, but is holding out hope that he can return to the team next season, saying he feels “very good” about his chances in 2019.
Frederick was diagnosed with Guillain-Barre syndrome before the start of the season, causing numbness in both of his arms, among other various symptoms.
“I have certainly made progress, but at this point in the season, having not been able to do my football movements. … Even if I was 100 percent strength wise to be able to come back and play. … I’m still six or eight weeks out from that,” Frederick said, during an appearance on 105.3 The Fan.
Frederick is under contract with Dallas through the 2023 season.
Cowboys’ Amari Cooper Motivated to Prove Cowboys Right
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper is coming off a tremendous performance in the team’s Thanksgiving victory over the Washington Redskins and is motivated to show the Cowboys that they were right in giving up a 1st round pick to acquire him from the Oakland Raiders earlier this season via trade.
“I don’t want to prove the Raiders wrong,” Cooper said, according to Mike Fisher of 247Sports. “I just want to prove the Cowboys right.”
Cooper has certainly left a positive impression on the organization thus far.
“Jack Del Rio told me before we made the trade, he said, ‘Just look at the Kansas City film a year ago,’” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said, referencing the former Cowboys player and former Raiders head coach. “We just said to hell with it. We’re not going to do anything but throw him the ball. Just look at that, and that will show you what Amari is like. And so this (game) kind of reminded me a little of what (Del Rio) was trying to say.
Cooper has 22 catches for 349 yards and three touchdowns during his stint in Dallas.
Cowboys’ Tyron Smith Expected To Return Next Week
The Dallas Cowboys will be getting a big boost to their offensive line as they anticipate the return of offensive tackle Tyron Smith, who is projected to return to the field for next week’s game against the New Orleans Saints, according to The Athletic’s Calvin Watkins.
Smith suffered what is being called a “stinger” during last week’s win over the Atlanta Falcons.
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