The first test without their All-Pro running back proved to be a failed test in Atlanta.
With the Dallas Cowboys first test without their All-Pro running back, Ezekiel Elliott, the outcome was a failure. That failure isn’t the end of the world, but realize it won’t be easy.
It looks like the biggest loss wasn’t Zeke, but his left tackle on Sunday afternoon!
The biggest impact for this football team was something that they have done on a regular basis to opposing teams. The pass rush in Dallas has been fantastic during this season, something they saw first-hand against them on Sunday.
The Atlanta Falcons were in the Cowboys backfield on a regular basis. It was one player that did most of the ruckus against the Cowboys, his name, Adrian Clayborn.
The veteran defensive end proved to be too much for whoever lined up opposite him at left tackle. Clayborn came close to an NFL record in sacks in a single game, finishing with six by himself on Sunday afternoon. Neither Chaz Green, nor Byron Bell were able to contain the veteran end.
The Cowboys had one of their worst games protecting their QB in a long time (via Drew Davison).
“This is the most sacks allowed by Cowboys since Sept. 15, 1991 against Eagles. They had 11 that day.”
This will be a worrisome issue if the Cowboys can’t get their starting left tackle back this week. Already out Elliott for the next six games, Dallas can’t afford to lose Tryon Smith for a substantial amount of time.
This is most sacks allowed by #Cowboys since Sept. 15, 1991 against Eagles. They had 11 that day.
— Drew Davison (@drewdavison) November 13, 2017
No opponent in Cowboys history has ever gotten 5 sacks in one game _ ever _ until Atlanta's Adrian Clayborn faced LT Chaz Green this afternoon.
— David Moore (@DavidMooreDMN) November 12, 2017
Smith missed Sunday’s game with a groin injury. It proved to be a major loss for this Cowboys team all day long against Clayborn and company.
By no means was this a game that nailed the coffin shut for the Cowboys and their playoff hopes. They will adjust and hopefully get players like Smith back on Sunday. However, we might have seen the NFC East head out the window with this loss to the Falcons.
Who do you feel is more important to this offense, Zeke or his starting left tackle?