Head Coach Ranking

Dallas Cowboys 40, Jacksonville Jaguars 7 – Oct. 14, 2018

Key Coaching Decision #1: (DAL ball, leading 17-0 / fourth-and-1, JAC 37 / 2:46 Q2)

• Rather than attempt a 54-yard field goal, Dallas decided to go for it here. This was a smart decision by Jason Garrett to be aggressive and attempt to score a touchdown before the half. Ezekiel Elliott ran two yards for the first down. The drive continued and QB Dak Prescott would cap the drive with a TD pass to Cole Beasley, giving the Cowboys a 24-0 lead at halftime.

Key Observations:

• This was a dominant performance by the Cowboys as they were great in all phases of the game. Offensively, Dallas was able to utilize Prescott’s mobility and keep the Jaguars defense off balance all game. Defensively, they completely shut down Blake Bortles and the Jacksonville offense, holding them to 204 total yards.

• The Dallas offensive line played a great game against one of the best defensive lines in football. They kept Prescott clean in the pocket and opened up running lanes for Elliott, who finished with 106 yards rushing.

• Bortles continues to struggle running the Jacksonville offensive. The injuries on the offensive line and to running back Leonard Fournette have made it difficult for Bortles to establish a rhythm offensively. Bortles plays much more efficient when he has a lead, but that has not happened the past two weeks with loses to Kansas City and Dallas.

• Bortles has not been the only issue in Jacksonville. The young and talented defense has been carved up the past two games. Breakdowns in the secondary and in the run game have been problematic for the struggling unit. The defensive line could not get consistent pressure on Prescott as he had time and threw the ball with confidence throughout the game. With a key divisional showdown against Houston next week, Jacksonville needs to get back to controlling the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball. 

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