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Struggling Dak Prescott fumbles game away as Cowboys start season 0-1

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The Dallas Cowboys are 0-1 after losing to the Carolina Panthers on Sunday evening by a final score of 16 to 8.Dallas had a chance to drive the field and try to send the game into overtime but Dak Prescott fumbled the Cowboys’ chances away. It wasn’t a good outing for Prescott Youth Malcolm Jenkins Jersey , who finished 19/29 for only 170 yards (5.9 average), zero touchdowns, zero interceptions and a 81.1 passer rating.Those numbers don’t even truly reflect his struggles. He totally failed to help the Cowboys move the ball during key moments. Dallas converted just two out of 12 combined third and fourth down situations. In fairness to Prescott, it’s not like he had Sean Lee and Ezekiel Elliott.Oh, wait, he did.Seriously, though, the struggles weren’t ALL his fault. Certainly the Cowboys don’t have A-plus coaching and their over-hyped offensive line has some issues. Rookie left guard Connor Williams is looking like a turnstile and backup center Joe Looney is certainly no Travis Frederick. Then there’s the fact Dallas doesn’t have a ton of amazing receiving options. Still, a true franchise quarterback is able to overcome adversity. To this point, Prescott has never really proved the ability to do that. He had a great rookie year in 2016 when he had the perfect situation surrounding him. Since then, he’s struggled when things have been less than perfect.I mean, the guy has thrown ONE touchdown pass since Week 14 last year. Carson Wentz, who threw a touchdown pass on a torn ACL, and tight end Trey Burton also have the same amount of touchdown passes since then. The Cowboys’ loss drops Dallas to fourth place in the NFC East after Week 1. The complete standings below:1 - Philadelphia Eagles (1-0)2- Washington Redksins (1-0) 3 - New York Giants (0-1)4 - Dallas Cowboys (0-1)This weekend would’ve been perfect if Washington lost but it looks they’re not as bad as the Giants and Cowboys appear to be. Oh well. I’ll settle for being able to make fun of this Blogging The Boys tweet that was pout out during the Eagles-Falcons game on Thursday night.Eagles: 18 points.Falcons: 12 points.Cowboys: 8 points.You stay delusional, Dallas. Earlier this year, I made a bold statement that the Eagles will not win the Super Bowl. At 4-4, the team only has a 67% chance to make the playoffs, it appears I might have been on to something. As you, a beloved reader of BGN who never skips straight to the comments, recall from reading this article, I was very critical of the Eagles’ secondary, specifically Jalen Mills and the cornerback position. Well now that our favorite team in green has played half of their 2018 games, lets take a look at how my hawt taeks aged and what the heck is going on.It dawned on me recently that the Eagles have almost been two separate teams. At times, like Week 6 against the Giants or the second half of the showdown in Minnesota , the Eagles look like a dominant, champion caliber team. At other times, like the first half of the game against Tampa Bay or the end of the Panthers game, the team looks lost, confused, and downright terrible. Using my Engineering background, I was able to determine which halves the Eagles outscored their opponents, and which halves the Eagles got outscored in.The Good Eagles: Eagles 149 - Opponent 65: (2.3 K/D Ratio)Week 1, Half 2: Eagles 15- Falcons 6Week 2, Half 2: Eagles 14 - Buccaneers 7Week 3: Eagles 20 - Colts 16Week 4, Half 1: Eagles 10 - Titans 3Week 5, Half 2: Eagles 18 - Vikings 6Week 6: Eagles 38 - Giants 9Week 7, Half 1: Eagles 10 - Panthers 0Week 8: Eagles 24 - Jaguars 18The Bad Eagles: Eagles 33 - Opponent 87: (0.38 K/D Ratio)Week 1, Half 1: Eagles 3 - Falcons 6Week 2, Half 1: Eagles 7 - Buccaneers 20Week 4, Half 2: Eagles 13 - Titans 23Week 5, Half 1: Eagles 3 - Vikings 17Week 7, Half 2: Eagles 7 - Panthers 21While it appears the Good Eagles have shown up more than the Bad Eagles, it is very concerning just how bad the Bad Eagles have been. 14 When diving into the data between these groups of halves, one thing stood out like a bad Jerry Jones haircut.All that Matters is The Ability to Generate PressureThe Good Eagles have generated pressure on 50.2% of passing plays, a rate which is simply astounding. The Bad Eagles, on the other hand, have generated pressure on just 37.4% of plays. Consequently, the Good Eagles have allowed a passer rating of just 74.5 Rodney McLeod Jersey , a mark that would be best in the league if only the Good Eagles were an actual team. Unfortunately, the Bad Eagles, who have allowed a passer rating of 106.5 (a mark that would be 3rd worst in the league), need to be considered as well. When broken down by halves and graphed, you get something like this:To summarize the chart above. When the Eagles:Generate pressure on > 37.2% of snaps, they outscore their opponents 90.9% of the timeHold opposing QBs to a rating of < 94.0, they outscore their opponents 88.9% of the time.Do both, they outscore their opponents 100% of the timeDo neither, they outscore their opponents 0% of the timeAlso, when the Eagles generate pressure on > 37.2% of snaps, opposing QBs throw for a passer rating of < 94.0 63.6% of the time.To put it simply, when the Eagles generate a lot of pressure, they limit the effectiveness of the opposing gunslinger and usually win the game (or in this case, the half). It appears that the Eagles success so far in 2018 has been almost entirely dependent on the defense and their ability to generate pressure and slow down the passing game. The ability of the Eagles to slow down opposing running attacks also appears to have little to nothing to do with the outcome, as the Good Eagles have allowed 4.8 yards per carry, while the Bad Eagles have allowed just 3.9. Pressure, with a sprinkle of production by the offense, that is.While pressure generated seems to be the most important factor in terms of success by the Eagles this season, it would be foolish to ignore the inconsistency of the offense throughout the same games. Similar to above, I broke down the offensive production, by half, into a plot to look for any correlation between success in the passing game or success in the running game and winning.In summary, when the Eagles:Run the ball for 3.9 or more yards per carry, they outscore their opponents 90% of the time. Pass the ball for 6.9 or more YPA Authentic Lane Johnson Jersey , they outscore their opponents 81.8% of the time.Do both, they outscore their opponents 100% of the time.Do neither, they outscore their opponents 0% of the time.Given the recent trade for Golden Tate, it appears the Eagles agree that more production should be had out of the Philly passing game. Without Jay Ajayi, the team may struggle to dominate on the ground, but the data shows that if they can be merely league average with a proficient passing attack, that is enough to win.Given the data, it is evident what the team needs to focus on moving forward if they want the Good Eagles to simply become the 2018 Eagles:Passing, Passing, Passing, Passing, Passing.On offense, the Good Eagles pass for 8.0 yards per attempt, and run for 4.2 yards per carry while their negative counterpart passes for just 5.8 yards per attempt and 3.7 yards per carry. While 3.7 yards per carry is nothing to write home about, it is enough to get first downs and be effective. 5.8 yards per attempt, on the other hand, is what you get if you want to be in between Josh Allen and Tyrod Taylor. For this reason, it is comforting to see that the Eagles made a trade to increase the effectiveness of the aerial attack and not the ground gameAs far as defense goes, the Eagles are plenty good at stopping the run. As mentioned above, the Good Eagles are actually worse at it than the Bad Eagles, and yet they are undefeated! While the secondary will remain a liability for the remainder of the season, a dominant pass rush that the team has proven capable of generating is the only thing separating a 4-4 defense from an 8-0 defense.
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