Game #14 VS Dallas Cowboys Review

Well, this game pretty much summed it all up in my opinion. Sure, Vick made a huge error early on but the team recovered and did so to the point of having the lead. Then Dallas began beating us up physically and picking on Allen Rossum (not that I blame them). Very frustrating loss.

Here’s what I saw:

Offense:

Running game: Dunn (18/56), Vick (8/56), Griffith (1/15). 5 of Dunn’s carries went for 4 yards or more (1 close to the half and the rest towards the end of the game). Not a good day at all running the ball at all except for Vick and that was hit and miss as well. I think we really missed Norwood especially with Dunn still hurting from the previous week.

Breakdown of passes:

Vick: 16/24, 237 yards, 4 TD/1 INT. Breakdown of incompletions are: 5 bad throws, 3 pass defended. The bad throws number was right on target with the 25% goal and although the INT was returned for a TD, was more than overcome by the 4 TD’s.

Schaub: 3/5, 33 yards, 0 TD/ 1 INT. Breakdown of incompletions are: 2 bad passes. Not really enough to make any sort of analysis on.

Drops (0): FINALLY!!!

Sack responsibility (4): The first sack was on Gandy who allowed Ware to pressure Vick into Hatcher. The second is on McClure who allowed pressure up the middle, chipped the guy who rolled off and kept Vick from running out of pressure. The third was a botched running attempt for -2 yards. The final sack was a pitch to Vick (halfback option) and really shouldn’t count as a sack but more a negative rushing attempt.

Pass blocking: The best word I could use is “adequate”. 3 hurries and 2 “real” sacks. Okay at times but still too much pressure.

YTD Sacks (39):

Michael Vick 17 (8 rushing attempts that went for negative yards)
Matt Lehr 2.5
Kynan Forney 2.0
Eric Beverly 1
Wayne Gandy 6.0
Justin Griffith 1.0
Warrick Dunn 3.0
Alge Crumpler 1.0
Todd Weiner 1.0
Tyson Clabo 1.5
P.J. Alexander 1.0
Todd McClure 1.0
“Scheme/No line adjustment” 1.0

Note: Vick sacks are those that he has at least 3 seconds and either chose to try to scramble or stayed in the pocket when the better decision would be to throw it away. Also includes those rushing attempts that go for 0 or negative yardage that for some reason are counted as a sack.

Defense:

Run defense: When Jones was running it was outstanding. When Barber was in, we missed tackles, got pushed around and overpursued to the tune of losing the game over 6 yards per carry.

Pass Defense: DHall got burned for a 51 yarder by TO (no thanks to Crocker on the safety help) and had TO make a great play for another TD, other than that kept him in check for 3 catches and 11 yards. Rossum and the LB’s gave up the rest.

3 sacks: Coleman got two and Demorrio Williams got the final one.

Special Teams:

Rossum had 5 kickoff returns for: 30 (to the 33), 19 (to the 21), 18 (to the 24), 44 (to the 45), 19 (to the 23). 2 great returns and 3 mediocre ones. A decent day.

Jennings had 2 kickoff returns for: 16 (to the 20), 12 (to the 16). Not good.

Rossum also had 1 punt returns: 3 yards. Horrible!

Koenen had 4 punts. 1: 38 yards, out of bounds at the 34 of DAL. 2: 53 yards to the DAL 36, no return. 3: 42 yards, to the 34 DAL, no return. 4: 39 yards, to the 20, no return. The last two were kicked inside the 20 while the first two were very average. 1 great one and the rest were okay.

Kickoffs: Koenen had 5 kickoffs: 1: to the 7, returned to the 23. 2: to the 2, returned to the 16, fumbled and recovered for -1. 3: to the 2, returned to the 24. 4: to the endzone, touchback. 5: to the 8, returned to the 45. 2 really good, 2 okay and 1 poor job of coverage. Good overall.

Field Goals: None.

Special Teams leading tackler: Carrington, D. Williams (1 fumble forced), J. Williams, Leake and Reese (huge hit).

Things that really need improvement:

1. Defensive consistency and replace Rossum.
2. “Closing the deal” in the second half.
3. Continue improvement on drops.

Offensive MVP: Michael Vick

Defensive MVP: Rod Coleman (4 tackles, 2 sacks, 2 QB hurries and 1 pass defensed)
Special Teams MVP: Michael Koenen

Goat of the Week: Run defense against Marion Barber.
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Next up: VS Carolina, December 24!